Coat-of-arms of Jean de Gamaches

(Principal informations : seal of 1413, armorial Berry Herald)

Jean de Gamaches.


Full name : Jean de  GAMACHES.

Death : before 1443.

Titles of nobility : Lord of Gamaches (Somme), Rosemont (Luthenay-Uxeloup, Nièvre) and La Guerche (La Guerche-sur-l’Aubois, Cher).

Official and military functions : Master of the hotel of the King, the Queen and the Dolphin in 1433.

Father : Guillaume Ier de Gamaches († c. 1400).

Mother : Marie de Fécamp.

Paternal grandfathers : Gilles de Gamaches.

Maternal grandfathers : Louis de Fécamp, Lord of Maineville, and Isabelle de Rouvray.

Wife : Isabeau or Françoise de Linières (daughter of Godemar de Linières and Agnès Trouffreau).

Descendants : without.

Shield-of-arms : quarterly, 1st and 4th Argent a chief Azure (Gamaches), 2nd and 3rd barry undy Argent and Gules (Fécamp, by his mother).

Crest : a greyhound's head.

Presence at the side of Joan of Arc in  : Orléans.

Comments : Jean de Gamaches, of a Picardy family, was the second son of Guillaume Ier de Gamaches and Marie de Fécamp. Lord of Gamaches (Somme) with the death of his elder brother Guillaume II (one of the assassins of John the Fearless on the Montereau’s bridge), it held also fiefs in Berry and Nivernais by his marriage with Isabeau or Francoise de Lignières (La Guerche-sur-l’Aubois and Rosemont) from which it remained without posterity. He was Master of the hotel of the king, the queen and the dolphin in 1433.

Jean de Gamaches fought in Orleans with Joan of Arc. He was first of all one of most reticent with being carried by a woman and repented it when he could see the bravery of the Maid.