The history of the Domaine de La Montagne

La Montagne is a domain that was built under Louis XV by a noble citizen of the city of Périgueux whose family formed the two main branches of Clusseau and Lafaye.


The beginnings of La Montagne

Pierre Etourneau Sire de la Montagne was born in Allemans in 1699. In 1728, he was a member of the board of governors in Perigueux as adviser to the King. He was then a magistrate, then admitted to the honorary service, until his death in Périgueux in 1771. Buried in the Saint-Front cathedral, he had also been the first consul of the city. In 1731 he married Thérèse Coeuille, sister of Etienne Coeuille, president of the election board and sister-in-law of another presidential adviser, Etienne Ventou de Lapeyrière.

The story of the family

Many children were born in Périgueux or La Montagne from 1737: Leonard (1732), another Leonard (1734), Raymond, again Leonard (1737, Jeanne (1740) and Anne (1744).

Léonard succeeded his father at La Montagne but retained the precious privilege of "bourgeois de Périgueux". In 1760 he married Marie-Anne Gontier, daughter of the lawyer Jean Gontier de Genthial and Françoise Dubal, heiress of the noble house Genthial en Bergeracois. Since the Revolution, La Montagne has had several different owners. Froidefond tells us that an Etourneau de Lafaye lived in the castle of Escoire where he was mayor at the end of the seventeenth century.

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