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 in 1543 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