|Death: ||Oct. 26, 1625|
Departement de la Mayenne
Pays de la Loire, France
Jean du Matz, chevalier des ordres du roi, seigneur de Montmartin (near Saint-Germain-du-Pinel, Haute-Bretagne) et de Terchant (near Ruillé-le-Gravelais, Bas-Maine) died on 26 Oct. 1625 at the Château de Terchant. Numerous primary and secondary sources regarding his career are extant, detailing his early exile in Germany due to his zealous Calvinism, his service as a military advisor and maréchal de camp for King Henri IV during La Ligue, his governorship of Vitré in Haute-Bretagne, and his deployment as an ambassador to England and Holland. Two especially informative ones are:  Michaud's Biographie Universelle, Ancien et Moderne, Tome 74 (Paris, 1843), pp. 296-300, and  La France Protestante, ou Vies des Protestants Français, Tome 4 (Paris, 1853), pp. 401-404. Jean himself was the author of at least two tracts:  Mémoires de Jean du Mats, seigneur de Terchant et de Montmartin, gouverneur de Vitré, ou Relation des troubles arrivés en Bretagne, depuis l'an 1589 jusqu'en 1598, and  État de ceux de la religion en France (Paris, 1615). Twelve letters written by Jean and twenty-one by his eldest son Philippe are transcribed in Jean Luc Tulot's Les La Trémoille à Vitré pendant le premier XVIIe siècle, I - Correspondance de leurs agents (1606-1624), pp. 52-74.
He was the son and heir of Auffray du Matz de Montmartin (d. after 1560), écuyer, and Catherine Chauvin de La Muce-Ponthus [sister of Bonaventure Chauvin de La Muce-Ponthus, chevalier banneret de Bretagne], who were married 11 May 1545;
a grandson of Gilles du Matz de Montmartin (d. after 1540), écuyer, who married Guyonne du Hallay in 1518; Guyonne was a daughter of Jean du Hallay, chevalier, seigneur du Hallay, by his wife Jeanne du Gué, a daughter of Gilles du Gué, chevalier, and his wife Jeanne de La Motte.
and a great-grandson of Gilles du Matz de Montmartin (d. before 1502), écuyer, maître-d'hôtel of the Château de Nantes, by his second wife, noble demoiselle Jeanne de Beaucours (d. after 1502), dame du Brossay, an illegitimate daughter of François II de Bretagne by his mistress Antoinette de Maignelais.
Marie de Feschal (____ - 1621)*
Philippe du Matz de Montmartin (____ - 1639)*
Isaïe du Matz de Montmartin (1577 - 1647)*
Cimetière de l'Église Reformée, Vitré
Created by: Todd Whitesides
Record added: Nov 01, 2011
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