Jacques Reclus

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Jacques Reclus (1796-1882)

Jacques Reclus (27 July 1796, Le Fleix in Dordogne - 8 April 1882, Tarbes) was a French Protestant minister.

Following studies in Bordeaux, he worked as a librarian at Château de Bonzac, home of Elie Decazes (1780-1860), minister of Louis XVIII. From 1819 he studied theology in Montauban, becoming ordained as pastor at Nimes in December 1821. Afterwards he served as a minister in La Roche-Chalais (1822), then Montcaret (1824).

In June 1831 he resigned as pastor and instructor at the Protestant college in Sainte-Foy-la-Grande in order to head an independent evangelical community in Castétarbe. In 1850 he founded a home for the aged in Orthez.

He was the father of fourteen children who survived beyond infancy, including five sons who gained distinction during their careers:


  • Scènes d’une pauvre vie; Pau 1858.