Coat-of-arms of Poton de Xaintrailles *

(Principal information : seals and books opposite *, armorial  Berry herald)

ean Poton de Xaintrailles


Full name : Jean called "Poton" de XAINTRAILLES.

Birth : c. 1390/1400 (in Xaintrailles' castle, Lot-et-Garonne).

Death :
octobre 7, 1461 (in Bordeaux, Gironde).

Titles of nobility : Lord of Salignac in 1437 (Gironde), Roques (Gers), Villeton and Tonneins (Lot-et-Garonne) in 1450, Saint-Macaire (Gironde) in 1451, Viscount of Bruillois in 1451 (Lot-et-Garonne et Gers).

Official and military functions : captain of Chalusset (1428), "écuyer d'écurie" of the King (juillet 17, 1429), the First Suire, and finally King's Master of the Horse, bailli of Berry (1437), governor of Château-Thierry, governor of Falaise (1450), governor of Trompette's Castle in Bordeaux (1451), sesnechal of Limousin (1453), governor of Guyenne (1458), marshal of France (1454).

Father : Fort Sanche de Santaralha, or Saintrailles, or Xaintrailles († 1411).

Wife : 1437 Jeanne Brachet Lady of Salignac (daughter of Jean Lord of Péruse and Mortagne, and Marie de Vendôme).

Descendants : Without.

Shield-of-arms : Quarterly, 1st and 4th Gules a lion Argent armed and lampassed Sable, 2nd and 3rd Argent a cross Gules.

* Don't be surprised. The cross is on the 2nd and 3rd quarters (not on the 1st and  4th)  seeing that on the well-known Poton de Xaintrailles' seals (Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Ms Po 2356.52921.8 et Po 2356.52921.23, Liocourt, "La mission de Jeanne d'Arc" Tome II pl. 33,  Mérindol, "Les fêtes de chevalerie à la cour du roi René", p. 101 et 179).

Crest: a Blackamoor's head with hairs and beard Or, with a wreath Argent and Gules, mantling Gules doubled Argent.

Presence at the side of Joan of Arc in  : Blois, Orléans, Jargeau, Meung, Beaugency, Patay, Reims, Paris, Compiègne.

Comments : Jean Poton de Xaintrailles, Viscount of Bruillois, Lord of Salignac, Roques, Villeton, Tonneins and Saint-Macaire. Distinguish itself in the relief of Coucy's fortress in 1418. Captain of Chalusset.

Xaintrailles arrived in Orléans from the beginning of the siege, then fights to Jargeau, Meung, Beaugency, and Patay. He becomes Master of the Horse of the King. He takes part in the reconquest of Normandy, becoming governor of Falaise in 1450.

He takes an active part in the reconquest of Guyenne, and becomes governor of the 'Château Trompette' in Bordeaux, and governor of Guyenne in 1458. He becomes marshal of France in 1454, discharged in 1461 by Louis XI. Died on October 7, 1461, in the 'Château Trompette'.