Coat-of-arms of Raoul de Gaucourt

(Principal information : seal of 1446 and 1458, armorial Sicile Herald, armorial Le Blancq)


The Tour-Blanche, only surviving tower
from the Orleans's fortifications
photo © J.-C. Colrat

aoul de Gaucourt, Captain of Orleans.


Full name : Raoul VI de GAUCOURT.

Birth : c. 1371.

Death : June 1462.

Titles of nobility : Lord of Gaucourt (in Hargicourt, Somme), Hargicourt (Somme) and Maisons-sur-Seine (Maisons-Laffitte, Yvelines).

Official and military functions : Knight (Nicopolis, 1396), chamberlain of the Duke of Orléans (1411), councillor and chamberlain of the King (1427), bailli and captain of Orléans (1429), governor of Dauphiné (1431), first chamberlain (1437), captain of the city and the Royal Castle of Chinon (1440-1459), captain of Rouen and Gisors (1449), High Steward (grand maître de l’hôtel) of the King (1453-1461).

Father : Raoul V de Gaucourt, bailli of Rouen (murdered in 1417).

Mother : Marguerite de Beaumont, Lady of Luzarches.

Paternal grandfathers : Jean de Gaucourt and Jeanne de Farainville (Fargeville).

Maternal grandfathers : Jean de Beaumont, Lord of Luzarches, Méru and Jouy-le-Comte.

Wife : Jeanne de Preuilly († 1455), daughter of Gilles, baron of Preuilly, and Marguerite de Naillac.

Descendants : Charles, Jean, Raoul, Marie.

Shield-of-arms : Ermine two barbels Gules.

Crest: a crane's head proper in a vol Argent, a coronet Or, mantled Gules doubled Argent.

Presence at the side of Joan of Arc in  : relief of ’Orléans, Jargeau, Meung, Beaugency, Patay, Reims.

Comments : Raoul de Gaucourt, Lord of Gaucourt, Hargicourt and Maisons-sur-Seine (actually Maisons-Laffitte). Became knight in 1396, to Nicopolis (Bulgaria). Chamberlain of the Duke of Orleans in 1411. Councillor and chamberlain of the King, named bailli and captain of Orleans in 1428. One of six lay peers to the coronation of Reims. He was a messenger to the pope to ask him for the revision of the Joan of Arc's trial. He died very old on June 10, 1462.