André Falquet

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The one with the certificate (see below) from 1725 from Charles VI. improved coat of arms of Falquet
Seal of Charles VI.

André Falquet (born February 11, 1681 in Geneva ; † January 28, 1755 ibid) was a Geneva merchant and trader and a member of the Council of Two Hundred .


Falquet's ancestors on his father's side came from Pouilly ( Contamine-sur-Arve ). His great-great-grandfather Aymé Falquet was a vinegar manufacturer there . André Falquet's great-grandfather finally bought a plot of land in Geneva. Falquet's father Pierre was a jeweler.

André Falqet was baptized by Charles Dufour on Monday 14 February 1681 in the Saint-Pierre Cathedral . Godfather was André Rousseau, the brother of David Rousseau, Jean-Jacques' grandfather.

From the end of his studies (1703), Falquet worked in his father's business (jewelery trade). In 1703 he traveled to southern Germany . He got involved in the turmoil of the War of the Spanish Succession and, since he was able to speak French, he was able to work with the French Marshal de Villars for the release of four confiscated wagons with merchandise belonging to Augsburg merchants. For this he received a silver-gilt goblet from the city of Augsburg , the gobelet André Falquet . For the kaiserlich- Austrian army provided services (stores) was Falquet with Nobilitierungsurkunde knighted on June 16, 1725, and improved its crest.

From 1712 there are court documents in connection with a Jeanne Falquet. From the years 1730–1733 there are documents of a trial between André Falquet, on the one hand, and his aunt Judith Falquet, and her husband, Moïse Faure, Dr. med. from Grenoble, on the other side.

André Falquet married Suzanne Lullin on June 10, 1731 .

From 1734 Falquet was a member of the Geneva Council of Two Hundred .

After sheets were stolen from his home in 1744, he filed a complaint.

André Falquet died on January 28, 1755 in Geneva; his estate is recorded in the “Inventaire après-dèces” in Geneva .

Nobility letter

In 1725 he was awarded a certificate to Charles VI. ennobled and his coat of arms improved . The document contains 13 labeled parchment pages, of which the depiction of the coat of arms fills an entire page. The entire text of the document is in Latin , as the chancellery regulations did not allow the use of French - André's mother tongue - but prescribed the use of German or Latin. The document is signed and attested several times, as required by nobility and coat of arms letters from the imperial court chancellery, namely by

The seal of Charles VI is also on the letter. attached.

See also


  • Archives Héraldiques de la Suisse , Vol. XXXII (1918), p. 24.
  • Advertisement for Swiss Antiquities , Zurich. Vol. 25 (1892).
  • S. Brügger, J. Haller: Letter of nobility from André Falquet. Aspects of an imperial document from 1725 , Aarau 2007 (Matura thesis).
  • Gustave Chaix d'Est-Ange: Dictionnaire des familles françaises anciennes ou notables à la fin du XIXe siècle: Fab-For , Éditions Vendôme, 1983, p. 82 ff., ( Full view ), ( Google Books: snippet view ).
  • CF Lendorff: Almanach généalogique suisse , Volume 4, 1913, p. 192, ( Full view ), ( Google Books: snippet view ).
  • J.-A.Galiffe: Notices généalogiques sur les familles genevoises, depuis les premiers temps, jusqu'à nos jours , Genève, 1831, p. 250 Googlebooks
  • Note about the godfather André Rousseau in Rosenblatt, H .: Rousseau and Geneva: From the First Discourse to the Social Contract, 1749–1762 , 1997, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-57004-2 , page 31, footnote 99, Googlebooks .
  • CH AVG (Archives de la Ville de Genève): Factums judiciaires , Volume 2, Numbers 14 and 14bis.

Web links

Wikisource: Adelsbrief André Falquet  - Sources and full texts
Commons : André Falquet  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Brügger, S. - Haller, J .: Adelsbrief André Falquet - Aspects of an imperial document from 1725. Aarau, 2007.
  2. ^ A b Entrée pour André Falquet dans le registre de la paroisse protestante de Saint-Pierre avec l'Auditoire: 1) Baptêmes du 1st janvier 1678 au 14 avril 1699. Archives de l'Etat de Genève, "CH AEG EC Saint-Pierre BM 10 », photo of the document .
  3. ^ Société généalogique de Genève: André Falquet (1681–1755) , (ancestors and descendants)
  4. ^ Helena Rosenblatt: Rousseau and Geneva: From the First Discourse to The Social Contract, 1749–1762 (=  Ideas in Context . Volume 46 ). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1997, ISBN 0-521-57004-2 , pp. 31 Footnote 99 (English, 318 p., Limited preview in Google Book search).
  5. ^ AB: Le Gobelet d'André Falquet (1703), Notice par J. Mayor. Genève 1897 , In: Journal of the Historical Association for Swabia and Neuburg , Vol. 24., 1897, pp. 134f.
  6. a b Jacques Droin: Factums Judiciaires Genevois - Catalog. Societé d'histoire et d'archéologie de Genève , Genève, Paris 1988, ISBN 978-2-600-05027-2 (French, 318 pages), pp. 118 , 119 (Google Books).
  7. Auguste Prudhomme: Inventaire sommaire des archives historiques de l'Hôpital de Grenoble , Archives départementales de l 'Isère, Hôpital de Grenoble, 1892, page 232. → Inventory number H 712. (full text and PDF)  - Internet Archive ( page 232 )
  8. Dénonce d'André Falquet, pour un vol de draps commis à son domicile , Archives de l'Etat de Genève, Cote du document: «PC 3e série 305" (French), 3 documents catalog