Jacques Léopold de La Tour d'Auvergne

Jacques Léopold
Duke of Bouillon

The Children of the Duke of Bouillon Dressed as Montagnard by Drouais (1756)[1]
Born (1746-01-15)15 January 1746
Died 7 February 1802(1802-02-07) (aged 56)
Spouse Hedwig of Hesse-Rotenburg
Full name
Jacques Léopold Charles Godefroy de La Tour d'Auvergne
House La Tour d'Auvergne
Father Godefroy de La Tour d'Auvergne
Mother Louise Henriette Gabrielle de Lorraine

Jacques Léopold de La Tour d'Auvergne (Jacques Léopold Charles Godefroy; 15 January 1746 7 February 1802) was a member of the House of La Tour d'Auvergne, the Sovereign Dukes of Bouillon. He was the last Duke of Bouillon succeeding his father in 1792.


The eldest and only surviving of four sons, he was born to the Prince and Princess of Turenne in 1746. From 1771, Jacques Léopold was styled as the Prince of Turenne as the heir of the Duchy of Bouillon.

A first cousin was Henri Louis de Rohan, the scandalous Prince of Guéméné[2]

He married Hedwig of Hesse-Rotenburg, grand daughter of Ernest Leopold of Hesse-Rotenburg and Eleonore of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort. The couple were married at Carlsburg on 17 July 1766 but had no children.

He lived at the Château de Navarre, his French estate, prior to the revolution and succeeded his father in 1792. During the collapse of the Ancien Régime, the duchy of Bouillon was taken from him in 1794 and absorbed into France in October 1795. He was known as citoyen Léopold La Tour d'Auvergne during the revolution. However in 1800, he recovered the duchy but was obliged to pay off debts to the tune of 3 million Livres.

Jacques was the last Duke of Bouillon, and following the Napoleonic Wars the duchy was absorbed into the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The Princes of Guéméné today claim the Duchy of Bouillon as their own due to the marriage of Marie Louise (his aunt) and Jules de Rohan, Prince of Guéméné. He has no known descendants.


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References and notes

  1. The prince de Bouillon is shown playing a hurdy-gurdy, whilst his younger brother, the prince d'Auvergne, is shown playing with a marmot on a ribbon.
  2. Son of his aunt Marie Louise de La Tour d'Auvergne and Jules, Prince of Guéméné

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