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Ployart-et-Vaurseine is a French municipality, located in the department of Aisne , in Hauts-de-France. It is close to Arrancy, another Douglas lordship.

Small village of the old Laonnois, located in the Bièvre Valley, 15 km. south of Laon, formerly the stewardship of Soissons, bailiwick, election and diocese of Laon, today township and district of this city, diocese of Soissons. The village of Ployart depended on the seigniory of Duglas and Beauvais from 1599 to 1637. Ployart was quarrying limestone slabs for the [?grave] covers from the 12th. Vaurseine was a different stronghold and an autonomous parish where a pilgrimage to Sainte-Apolline took place. The two municipalities merged in 1814.  Source: Dictionary of Melleville

Olivier Douglas, lord of Ployart and Arrancy died August 18, 1558 in Ployart and is buried in the church of Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens (Ployart).

Louis Douglas, lord of Ployart and Ham, collected the inheritance of Jean de Douglas, governor of Soissons. He entered as a man-at-arms in the company of the ordinances of La Roche-du-Maine. He proved his courage at the battle of Saint-Quentin and his proofs of nobility to the assembly of the gentlemen of Vermandois, February 4th, 1567. Charged in the name of this assembly and under the command of the king, together with William Remiremont, a mission to the Duke of Montmorency, he received the collar orders, on his return, and died on March 31, 1579. A tomb richly carved was raised in the church of Ployart. On top of two escutcheons surrounded by the collar of the order of Saint-Michel and carved with his arms, this lord was represented with the coat of arms and the sword, having at his feet the helmet and the gauntlets, and his sides Isabeau de Mandy, his wife, in time costume. (Translated from ILLUSTRATIONS DE LA NOBLESSE EUROPÉENNE)

There is a Funerary slab of P. Douglas, husband of Marie Cognet, who died 1634, and a Funerary slab of Marie Cognet, wife of P. Douglas.

Philippe, son of Olivier, married married twice; 1st before 1568 to Francoise de FAY D'ATHIES ca 1540- / 1583 (Parents: François d'ATHIES ca 1510- & Aliénor de BEAUVAIS ca 1515- ). They had 6 children, and 2nd 15 May 1583 to Mary COIGNET † 1634 (Parents: François COIGNET † 1583 / & Catherine RAPPOUEL ) They had two children.  Philippe was Lord of Arrancy (on the death of his nephew Louis son of Louis), Arrançot and Ployart - Ordinary gentleman of the King's chamber, Captain of galleys of the Marquis d'Elbeuf.

Nearby is Tour de Vaurseine is the last remnant of Vaurseine Castle, which was situated on this small rectangular island in an artificial lake. The, partly restored, tower is said to date back to the 15th century. In its base there are large arrow slits, which even could suggest it might date back to the 13th century. The fief fell under the jurisdiction of the Lords of Montchâlon, but it seems likely that is was also a Douglas stronghold at the time Isabeau de Mandy married Louis Douglas.

Around 1540, Isabeau de Mandy brought the lands of Vaurseine to her husband Henri de Riencourt, lord of Parfondru and In 1660, Gaspard de Brail may have been Baron de Vaurseine. Presumably the Douglas family hold it between these two.

See also:
• Extracts from Illustrations of the European nobility [pdf]



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