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         Section I - Rennes-le-Château before Bérenger Saunière

Marie de Nègre d’Ables (17141781)

The name of Marie de Nègre d’Ables recurs frequently in the story of Rennes-le-Château and is closely bound up with the treasure legend. Indeed, the epitaph on her headstone today lost is one of the key elements in the legend, which presents it as a coded inscription pointing to the origins of Father Saunière’s fortune…

January 17 Marie de Nègre d’Ables, Dame de Blanchefort and seigneuresse of Rennes-le-Château, died on 17 January 1781 and was buried by Father Antoine Bigou.

 

Did you know…? The epitaph appearing on the tombstone of Marie de Nègre is known to us from the drawing made of it by a local history enthusiast, Elie Tisseyre.

 

Documents

Letter by Marie de Blanchefort, 16.10.1776. ›  

Death certificate of Marie de Nègre d’Ables, 17.1.1781. 

Testament of Marie de Blanchefort, 19.1.1781. ›  

Elie Tisseyre, "Une excursion à Rennes-le-Château" (scan) in Bulletin de la Société d’Etudes Scientifiques de l’Aude, Vol.17, 1906, pp. 98-105. ›  

Elie Tisseyre, "Excursion to Rennes-le-Château" in Bulletin de la Société d’Etudes Scientifiques de l’Aude, Vol.17, 1906, pp. 98-105.

Report attributed to Ernest Cros (version R. Chésa), after 1959. ›  

Report attributed to Ernest Cros (version Noël Corbu), after 1959. ›  

Further reading

René Descadeillas, Rennes et ses derniers seigneurs, Édn. Privat, Carcassonne 1964. ›  

© 2009-2014 All rights reserved • Texts Antoine Captier, Christian Doumergue, Mariano Tomatis

Contributors Corjan De Raaf, Patrick Mensior, Octonovo, Morgan Roussel, Paul Saussez, Marcus Williamson.

Translation Karen McDermott Art Director Mariano Tomatis