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Coat of arms of Aignay-le-Duc
Coat of arms
Aignay-le-Duc is located in France
Coordinates: 47°39′59″N 4°44′08″E / 47.6664°N 4.7356°E / 47.6664; 4.7356Coordinates: 47°39′59″N 4°44′08″E / 47.6664°N 4.7356°E / 47.6664; 4.7356
Country France
Region Burgundy
Department Côte-d'Or
Arrondissement Montbard
Canton Aignay-le-Duc
 • Mayor (2009–2014) Christian Bay
 • Land1 24.86 km2 (9.60 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Population2 335
 • Population2 density 13/km2 (35/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 21004 / 21510
Elevation 310–443 m (1,017–1,453 ft)
(avg. 330 m or 1,080 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.

Aignay-le-Duc is a French commune in the Côte-d'Or department in the Bourgogne region of eastern France.


The commune of Aignay-le-Duc is located some 30 km south-east of Chatillon-sur-Seine and some 30 km east of Montbard in a direct line. Access to the commune is by Highway D901 which enters on the north-west border, continues to the village and exits the south-east border. There is also Highway D101 linking the village to Etalante to the south-east. Highway D954 links the village through the eastern border to Saint-Broing-les-Moines. There is also Highway D112 which exits the commune in the north-east. There are extensive forests in the eastern part of the commune (Bois de Fort Fais, Bois du Bas des Soulers etc.) with about two thirds of the commune farmland. There are no villages other than Aignay-le-Duc.

The Coquille stream flows through the town and forming the eastern border is the Brevon stream. The Coquille flows to the Revinson stream which joins the Seine river. The Brevon flows north and eventually joins the Seine near the town of in Brémur-et-Vaurois.

Neighbouring Communes and Villages[edit]


Aignay-le-Duc belonged to the territory of Lingons and had a Celtic population. Its name may come from the Celtic: Ann-iacum meaning "The location of the water source" ann- is a well known root name for rivers [e.g. l'Ain, Inn (Austria), Anio (Italy)]. The village is close to the source of the Coquille.[1]

A yellow limestone used in the cemetery, dating from the late second century or early third century AD, is inscribed: Aug (ustis) sac (rum) deo Marti Cicolluis et Litavi P. Attius Paterc[l]u[s] [v(otum) s(olvit) l(ibens) m(erito)] which means: "To the august sacred deities, to the god Mars Cicolluis and Litavi, P. Attius Paterculus paid his vow willingly and deservedly".[2][3]

An inscription was found on a bronze vase near Aignay in 1896, which said according to Chassenay: Aug(usto) sacr(um) deo Albio et Damonae Sext(us) Mart(ius) Cociliani f(ilius) ex jussu ejus [v(otum)] s(olvit) l(ibens) m(erito) meaning "It is sacred to Augustus, to the gods Albius and Damona, Sextus Martius, son of Cocilianus, in order to fulfill his vow.[4]

During the revolutionary period of the National Convention (1792-1795), the town took the name of Aignay-Côte-d'Or abbreviated to Aignay.[5]

The village was served by a line of metre gauge light railway by the Railways Department of Côte-d'Or which linked Dijon-Porte-Neuve-Chatillon-sur-Seine from 1891-1948.
Here is seen the station.


Arms of Aignay-le-Duc

Gules, six billets argent set 3, 2, 1.


List of Successive Mayors of Aignay-le-Duc

From To Name Party Position
- 2008 Bernard Bonnuit DVD
2008 2009 Alexandre Misset SE
2009 2014 Christian Bay SE

(Not all data is known)


In 2009, the commune had 335 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known through the population censuses conducted in the town 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] [Note 2]

Evolution of the Population (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
766 690 820 898 881 888 947 880 930
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
892 885 843 804 779 802 820 835 811
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
765 775 770 681 673 658 614 629 576
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
572 630 534 528 455 403 381 335 -

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

Population of Aignay-le-Duc

Sites and Monuments[edit]

  • Celtic Tumuli have been found including several burials from different periods, the most recent dating to the 5th century AD.
  • The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul dates back to the beginning of the 13th century, its altarpiece is Renaissance and its crooked tower are classified as historical monuments.

Notable People linked to the Commune[edit]

  • Nicolas Frochot, an influential provost of Aignay-le-Duc, he ended his career as a State Councilor and first Prefect of the Seine under Napoleon I.
  • Claude-Auguste Petit, Baron of Beauverger (born Aignay-le-Duc, 7 October 1748 - died Paris, 6 September 1819), brother of the Nicholas Frochot, French politician.
  • Bertrand Lavier, French contemporary multimedia artist born in Châtillon-sur-Seine (Côte-d'Or) 14 June 1949. He lives and works in Paris and Aignay-le-Duc (Côte-d'Or).
  • Baudus Family
  • Philippe Bertrand, a host on France Inter

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.
  2. ^ In the census table and the graph, by convention in Wikipedia, and to allow a fair comparison between five yearly censuses, the principle has been retained for subsequent legal populations since 1999 displayed in the census table and the graph that shows populations for the years 2006, 2011, 2016, etc.. , as well as the latest legal population published by INSEE


  1. ^ Taverdet G. Names in the region of Bourgognes, 2007, p. 112.
  2. ^ BECK N. thesis. Goddesses in Celtic Religion Cult and Mythology: A Comparative Study of Ancient Ireland, Britain and Gaul, 2009, 110.
  3. ^ cited in the thesis: Drioux, 1934, p. 74, n° 267; Le Bohec, 2003, p. 176, n°295. (French)
  4. ^ CIL XIII, 2887, CIL XIII, 11233
  5. ^ Communal Notice - Aignay-le-Duc, consulted on 10 May 2013