Charles Ancillon

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Charles Ancillon (1659-1715)

Charles Ancillon (born July 28, 1659 in Metz , † July 5, 1715 in Berlin ) was a Franco-German lawyer and diplomat.


Charles Ancillon studied at the Universities of Marburg , Geneva and Paris and then settled in 1685 as a parliamentary advocate in his home town. After the Edict of Nantes was repealed on October 18, 1685 by the French King Louis XIV , he followed his father David Ancillon to Berlin . His father worked there as a preacher for the French Reformed community until his death in 1692 . Elector Friedrich Wilhelm von Brandenburg appointed Ancillon to the court committee of the French colony and in 1691 to the ambassador to Switzerland and to Margrave Karl III. Wilhelm von Baden-Durlach appointed.

In 1699 Ancillon returned to Berlin and became a historiographer of King Friedrich I and was involved in the founding (previously 1689) and management of the French grammar school (Collège Francais). Ancillon then acted as police director of the Prussian capital and died there three weeks before his 56th birthday.

In 1707 he was accepted as a full member of the Prussian Academy of Sciences .


From Ancillon's first marriage to his cousin Elisabeth Ancillon, the Reformed pastor Frédéric Luc Ancillon (1698-1758) emerged. The theologian and philosopher Louis Frédéric Ancillon was Ancillon's grandson, the Prussian minister Jean Pierre Frédéric Ancillon his great-grandson. In 1711 Ancillon married the widow Esther de Chamover.


  • Histoire de l'établissement des Français réfugiés dans les états de l'Electeur de Brandebourg . Berlin 1690.
    • History of the settlement of the Réfugiés in the states of His Electoral Highness of Brandenburg . Berlin 1939, 80 pp.
  • L'irrévocabilité de l'édit de Nantes . Amsterdam 1688.
  • La France intéressée à rétablir l'édit de Nantes . Amsterdam. 1690.
  • Histoire de Soliman II. Rotterdam 1706.
  • Traité des eunuques. 1707 [in the reprint: (publié par) Dominique Fernandez, Ramsay, Paris 1978, ISBN 2-85956-070-X .]


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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Website of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences , accessed on April 28, 2016.