Jean-Nicolas Stofflet

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Jean-Nicolas Stofflet
Jean-Nicolas Stofflet
Born 1751
Bathelémont-lès-Bauzemont, France
Died 23 February 1796
Angers, France
Allegiance Kingdom of France Royaume de France
Service/branch Swiss Guards
Royalist rebels
Rank Major General

Jean-Nicolas Stofflet (1751 – 23 February 1796) was a French leader of the Revolt in the Vendée against the First French Republic.

Born in Bathelémont-lès-Bauzemont (Meurthe-et-Moselle), the son of a miller, he was for long a private in the Swiss Guard, and afterwards gamekeeper to the comte de Colbert-Maulévrier, he joined the Vendéans when they rose against the Revolution to defend Roman Catholicism and Royalist principles. During the war in Vendée, he served first under Maurice-Louis-Joseph Gigot d'Elbée, and fought at Fontenay-le-Comte, Cholet and Saumur, and distinguished himself at the battles of Beaupréau, Laval and Antrain.

He was appointed major-general of the Royalist army, and in 1794 succeeded Henri de la Rochejaquelein as commander-in-chief. But his quarrels with another Vendéan leader, François de Charette, and the defeats sustained by the Vendéan troops, led him to give in his submission and to accept the terms of the La Jaunaie treaty with the National Convention (2 May 1795).

He, however, soon violated this treaty, and at the instigation of Royalist agents took arms in December of the same year or behalf of the Count of Provence, from whom he had received the rank of maréchal-de-camp. This last action of Stofflet's failed completely. He was taken prisoner by the Republic, sentenced to death by a military commission, and shot at Angers.


  • Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.  In turn, it cites as references:
    • General d'Andigny, Mémoires (1900–1901)
    • C. Loyer, "Cholet sous la domination de Stofflet", in L'Anjoa historique, vol. iii. (1902–1903)