Jean de Clamorgan

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Jean de Clamorgan
Born c. 1480
Died unknown
Allegiance  Kingdom of France
Service/branch  French Navy
Rank Admiral
Battles/wars Battle of Muros Bay

Jean de Clamorgan, Lord of Saane, born in 1480 in the diocese of Coutances, was a cartographer, navigator and military commander, considered to be one of the best French admirals of the Marine Royale.[1]

Having long served in the French Navy, Francis I of France made him captain of the Ponant being the first to receive this title. After his defeat at the Battle of Muros Bay he retired to his land. He wrote a famous treatise on wolf hunting (La chasse du loup), published in 1567.[2] He was also the author of a world map that Francis put in his library. The exact date of his death is not known.


  1. ^ La Roncière/Rampal p. 43
  2. ^ La Chasse Du Loup, Necessaire A La Maison Rustique: En laquelle est contenue la nature des Loups, & la maniere de les prendre, tant par chiens, filets, pieges, qu'autres instruments; le tout enrichy de plusieurs figures & pourtraicts representez après le naturel; Par I. De Clamorgan, Seigneur de Saane, Premier Capitaine de la Marine de Ponant. Paris, 1567


  • (French)Clerc-Rampal, Georges./ de La Roncière, Bourel Charles. Histoire de la marine française, Vol 5.
  • (French)Jean-François Hamel Dictionnaire des personnages remarquables de la Manche, Vol. 2 ISBN 2-914541-14-7