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Coat of arms of Agey
Coat of arms
Agey is located in France
Coordinates: 47°17′06″N 4°45′47″E / 47.285°N 4.7631°E / 47.285; 4.7631Coordinates: 47°17′06″N 4°45′47″E / 47.285°N 4.7631°E / 47.285; 4.7631
Country France
Region Burgundy
Department Côte-d'Or
Arrondissement Dijon
Canton Sombernon
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Martin Dufour
 • Land1 8.42 km2 (3.25 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Population2 268
 • Population2 density 32/km2 (82/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 21002 / 21410
Elevation 289–548 m (948–1,798 ft)
(avg. 316 m or 1,037 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Agey is a French commune in the Côte-d'Or department in the Burgundy region of eastern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Ageysiens or Ageysiennes[1]


Agey is located some 20 km west of Dijon and 15 km east of Pouilly-en-Auxois. The A38 autoroute passes through the northern edge of the commune from east to west but has no exit. Access to the commune is via the D905 from Sombernon in the west which passes east parallel to and near the A38 continuing to Pont-de-Pany. From the D905 the D9G goes south to the village and continues south to Gissey-sur-Ouche. The D108 comes from Remilly-en-Montagne in the west through the heart of the commune and the village and continues east to Sainte-Marie-sur-Ouche. The commune is heavily forested in the south, north-east and to a lesser extent in the east. About 60% of the commune is farmland.

The Sirene river passes through the commune from west to east following a similar course to the D108 and joins the Ouche river just east of the commune.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[2][edit]


"There are stones with fossil starfish preserved in limestone ash. When broken in two it reveals the relief of a part with five well-preserved arms.[3] There is a type of stone called burgundy marble, composed essentially of oolites of an earthy gray colour with shells from stony corals as well as oolite marble of an earthy yellow with white dots and white lines due to portions of stone embedded with marine palm leaves and entroques"[4]


According to Courtépée the name comes from Ageya or Agia with the final form of the name being adopted in 1574. The village is located along two Roman roads. The Venus Vitrix was discovered by Dufour in 1924 and excavations were carried out under Mont Rond. A second Roman way was discovered between Châteauneuf and Malain. The discovery of the first Roman road was due to Father Chaume. It went from the Mountain of Veluze northwards towards Prâlon and Malain.

Jean Vivant Micault de Courbeton (10 May 1725 - 17 March 1794), President of the Parliament of Bourgogne, Lord of Agey, Barbirey-sur-Ouche, Fleurey-sur-Ouche, Meilly-sur-Rouvres, Maconge, Pommard, Santenay was executed by guillotine in the French Revolution.


Arms of Agey

The official symbol remains to be determined.

Azure, a patriarchal cross moline of argent, in chief argent charged with three Mounts separated of 3 hillocks in vert.


List of Successive Mayors of Agey

From To Name Party Position
2001 2014 Martin Dufour

(Not all data is known)


In 2009, the commune had 268 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known through the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of municipalities with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Evolution of the Population (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
308 360 308 424 441 462 448 449 457
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
427 421 418 409 418 384 366 360 325
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
322 290 265 252 240 208 201 179 155
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2009 -
154 162 158 152 208 258 - 268 -

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

Population of Agey

Sites and Monuments[edit]

The town once had dry-stone huts called cabottes: their remains are found in old vineyard areas. They have been studied by Henri Dufour.[5]

  • Agey Castle

Notable People linked to the commune[edit]

  • Judith Jeanne-Agey (1593-1673), Abbess of the Abbey of Our Lady of the Assumption at Prâlon
  • Jean-Etienne Guettard (1715-1786), academician, stayed at the castle


  • Collective work, Agey and Environs Gazette, Ed. Agey Town Hall. (French)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002 [1], the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" which allow, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For municipalities with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these municipalities is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force in 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.


  1. ^ Inhabitants of Côte-d'Or (French)
  2. ^ a b Google Maps
  3. ^ The Stone came from Molesme and is on view at Agey Castle in the Cabinet of natural curiosities from Madame de Rochechouart in J.E. Guettard's house
  4. ^ Observations in France and Germany by Mr Jean-Étienne Guettard published in History of the Royal Academy of Sciences with mathematical and physics memoires, éd par Martin, Coignard et Guérin de 1766.
  5. ^ Mentioned in Local History document.