Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette – Born on 6 September 1757

Posted on September 5th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

The Marquis de Lafayette, the leader of leader of the Garde Nationale during the French Revolution era, was born in Chavaniac on 6 September 1757.

Lafayette led an utterly amazing life and, in addition to his role during the French Revolution, he was also a general in the American War of Independence.

The Archive contains scores of fascinating stories about Lafayette.

To give you a taste of his derring-do life and the historic events in which was a leading figure, here’s a newspaper report from 1789 which describes part of the episode when Lafayette was forced to lead the Garde Nationale (who were following a march by the Paris Mob) to Versailles in October 1879, where the Mob would meet King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

And we’ve also included a very lyrical tribute to Lafayette, which compares the great man to a mighty oak tree (praise indeed from an English writer), and a photograph of a statue of Lafayette that the USA gifted to France on 4 July 1900.

historical newspaper report on Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette - Born on 6 September 1757

Northampton Mercury – Saturday 17 October 1789

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historical newspaper report on Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette - Born on 6 September 1757

Bradford Observer – Thursday 29 May 1834

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000155/18340529/023/0007

historical newspaper report on Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette - Born on 6 September 1757

The Graphic – Saturday 14 July 1900

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000057/19000714/046/0036

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