MacMahon family

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The MacMahon family originated in Ireland and established itself in France, where it gained prominence. John MacMahon, an Irish doctor born in Limerick, was naturalised in France in 1749 and married Charlotte Le Belin, Dame d'Eguilly, on 13 April 1750. That same year, he was created Marquis d'Eguilly by King Louis XV of France. His son, the second Marquis, served in the American War of Independence and was a founding member of the Society of the Cincinnati.

A grandson of the first Marquis, Patrice de MacMahon, served with distinction as a general in the Crimean War and later in the Austro-Sardinian War, winning the Battle of Magenta on 4 June 1859. The following day, he was created Duc de Magenta by Emperor Napoleon III. During the 1870s, he became the President of the French Republic.

The marquesal title held by the senior line of the family was inherited in 1894 by the younger, ducal line, and both titles remain extant.

Marquises of Eguilly (1750)[edit]

Dukes of Magenta (1859)[edit]

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  1. ^ Paul Theroff. "Magenta". Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  2. ^ Archived from the original on November 9, 2000. Retrieved April 13, 2006. Missing or empty |title= (help)