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This page is a poor translation from French

Chateaux Arrancy is a monument in the town of Arrancy (Aisne, Picardie). It is an attraction for tourists during a stay in the region. However, Chateaux Arrancy is a private property and can not be visited.

The "castle Reny" Arrancy (on Crusne, Lorraine) was built by Valentin Douglas, Bishop of Laon, in 1595.  It was built in 1590 (Some sources also say 1641) by Valentin Douglas and his brother Philip, replacing another castle which fell into ruins, razed by feudal wars; all that remains of the old castle is a cellar as big as deep.

During the Revolution, it is for the abbess of St. Peter, and subsequently it was sold as national property.

It is bought by the Marchal family, probably by Nicolas Marchal, born in 1770, whose father was a merchant-landlord. The Marchal family combined with the Launois family became owners of the castle.

Edmond Launois sold the chateaux to the Reny family in 1882.

Devastated during World War II, the Castle of Arrancy was restored identically. Part of the park retains the side of the entrance, an old prescription with a vegetable which could date back to the seventeenth century. Another part is an ordered set, controlled by the surrounding landscape, with the mark of the English landscape gardener Thomas Blaikie.

Proprietary Materials MH: the castle, the facades and roofs, except the south wing terrace and discounts in return, all of these buildings are of modern times. The park and the garden with the courtyard and the path to the walled kitchen walls, old orchard, the park west surrounded by boundary walls or limited by the local road and former riverbed along the wood, also including the pond.


Described by a family member:
"This house Arrancy included a large courtyard. It was surrounded by a chamber oven, stables, piggery, poultry houses and a barn on the right of which was a stairway leading to a ground raised and centered by a very wide corridor -from floor.
To the left of the corridor was a large kitchen with a large fireplace hearth old and a modern stove. Later a huge dining room heated by a tiled stove. This room communicated with the kitchen and hallway. To the left of these two parts are still found two bedrooms raised sunsets few steps.
To the right of the hallway, there was first a chapel and several pieces forming an independent accommodation where house came some years before 1914 cousins ​​of my grandparents from a neighboring village (Houdlemont).
Between the housing and the chapel on the right, a stone staircase to a large width ascended to the first floor where one reached the large dining room of marriages and a few additional parts.
Down the hall on the ground floor, a staircase led down to a courtyard bordered by a stream; left a stone trough where we did the laundry or served as a tub of cold water for my grandfather. A bridge over the creek gave access to the garden into several sections: on the left the vegetable garden, the orchard at the bottom right of the aisle was a wood of pines and other species that seemed huge at my age. "

Speaking of Arrancy and this house, my grandfather said: "only if attached to it his best childhood memories."
He spoke again "the castle with its huge rooms on the first floor, especially the dining room where we were attending the wedding meal of first cousins ​​of my father with a profusion of dishes, wines, spirits and pastries, which prolonged the presence table until 5-6 o'clock in the afternoon in a more or less noisy euphoria among thirty guests. "



L'Eglise d'Arrancy

Saint Remy Church.

There is a black marble plaque indicating the burial of 'the last of Douglas'.

A gravestone is erected against a wall, and having 1.80m high and 1m wide, sculpture represents the arms of Douglas, (Feudal castle with heart in the middle and surmounted by a marquis crown). This stone which indicates the tomb of Charles Duglas and his wife, Françoise de Brodar further mentions that 23 children are from their marriage, and that after two generations, the family died out in the male line; left: three black marble plates each 0.33 O, 23 are placed in memory of:
1 John died in 1830 Maussion
2 Berthould his born wife of Hautecloque died in 1834
3 Louise Elisabeth died in 1821 Maussion
{Are these of the Douglas family?}

To the left of the sanctuary, we see paintings representing almost erased the arms of noble families who have successively inhabited the town. It is nt known if one of these is a Douglas.

Joseph Hyacinthe Duglas Arrancy admitted knight justice to the great priory of France, born Feb. 11, 1664, baptized May 26 audit year in the parish church of the diocese of Laon Arrancy

See also:
The Douglas Family in France




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