Claude, Duke of Aumale

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Claude, Duke of Aumale
Coat of arms of the Dukes of Aumale

Claude of Lorraine, Duke of Aumale (August 18, 1526, Joinville – March 3, 1573, La Rochelle) was the third son of Claude, Duke of Guise and Antoinette de Bourbon. He was a prince of Lorraine by birth.

As part of the Treaty of Boulogne which ended the war of the Rough Wooing, Claude, Marquis of Mayenne, was one of six French hostages sent to England.[1] After their father died on 12 April 1550, Claude was allowed to come to Scotland, with a passport from Edward VI dated 11 May, to see his sister Mary of Guise[2] and wrote from Edinburgh on 18 May that he would view the strong places of the realm.[3]

On August 1, 1547, he married Louise de Brézé (c. 1518 – January 1577), Lady of Anet, the daughter of Louis de Brézé, seigneur d'Anet, and Diane de Poitiers. They had eleven children:

When his brother Francis acceded as Duke of Guise in 1550 he ceded to Claude the title of Duke of Aumale. He was killed by a culverin shot while besieging La Rochelle.

French nobility
Preceded by
Duke of Aumale
Succeeded by


  1. ^ Jordan, W.K., Chronicle of Edward VI, London (1966), 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, (assumes it was Francis, his eldest brother)
  2. ^ Lodge, Edmund, Illustrations of British History, vol. 1 (1791), 137, Lambeth Palace Talbot Mss. vol. B, f.205, (Lodge assumed it was Francis, not Claude)
  3. ^ Michaud & Poujoulat, Nouvelle Collection des Memoires pour servir a l'histoire de France, vol. 6, (1839), 39, Claude's letter from Edinburgh.