Péguilhan

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Péguilhan
Péguilhan kerk 1.jpg
Coat of arms of Péguilhan
Coat of arms
Péguilhan is located in France
Péguilhan
Péguilhan
Coordinates: 43°18′54″N 0°42′29″E / 43.315°N 0.7081°E / 43.315; 0.7081Coordinates: 43°18′54″N 0°42′29″E / 43.315°N 0.7081°E / 43.315; 0.7081
Country France
Region Midi-Pyrénées
Department Haute-Garonne
Arrondissement Saint-Gaudens
Canton Boulogne-sur-Gesse
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Michel Brocas
Area
 • Land1 18.48 km2 (7.14 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 238
 • Population2 density 13/km2 (33/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 31412 / 31350
Elevation 218–345 m (715–1,132 ft)
(avg. 347 m or 1,138 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.

Péguilhan is a commune in the Haute-Garonne department in southwestern France in the historical region of Gascony.

Interior of the church
Château de Villeneuve

Péguilhan has far-reaching views towards the Pyrenees. It is surrounded by woodland and open countryside and a mixture of arable and livestock farming. Some houses in the area have been bought by British incomers, although the majority in recent times have been Dutch and German.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1962 313 —    
1968 334 +6.7%
1975 259 −22.5%
1982 250 −3.5%
1990 232 −7.2%
1999 221 −4.7%
2008 238 +7.7%

Personalities[edit]

It was the possibly birthplace of Aimeric de Peguilhan, a medieval troubadour, although this is debated.

Geography[edit]

The river Gesse flows northwards through the commune towards the market town of Boulogne-sur-Gesse; the Gimone forms most its western border.

Literature[edit]

Péguilhan is the setting for Martin Calder's travel memoir A Summer in Gascony, a charming story of life on a farm with a local Gascon family, centred on the Auberge at the end of the village. The book is set some time in the early 1990s and was published in 2008 by Nicholas Brealey publishing.

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