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  • Separated Materials
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • General
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • General
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Contents
  • Custodial History

  • Language of Material: French
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: The Champagné and Borrowes family papers
    source: Scott, Philip E.
    creator: Champagne and Borrowes family
    Identifier/Call Number: M1599
    Physical Description: 15.32 Linear Feet 4 oversize, 4 flat, 5 manuscript, 5 custom kaseboxes, 17 map folders
    Date (bulk): circa 1482-early 20th C.
    Physical Description: Documents are parchment, vellum and paper. Many have wax seals. Some are fragile and/or torn.
    Material Specific Details: Six documents were among the Champagné Papers down to 1996-98, were mentioned in previous studies of the Champagné, and went missing between 1996 and 1998 (before purchase by the Stanford Libraries). They are: B8 - Memo signed 1735 by Josias II on his mother's estate. Missing April 1998, August 2004, December 2007 per C. Lougee. B9 - Final reckoning of Marie's estate, 1730. Missing April 1998, August 2004, December 2007 per C. Lougee B14-Marriage Contract dated 12.12.1692 of Charles de la Motte Fouque and Suzanne de Robillard. Missing April 1998, August 2004, December 2007 per C. Lougee B17-Estate of Henriette Sylvie (madame du Marest) at Celle for Josias II. Missing April 1998, August 2004, December 2007 per C. Lougee B22-Portarlington Papers, 1732-08. Missing April 1998, August 2004, December 2007 per C. Lougee B24-Letter of Lady Jane Champagné, 1740. Missing April 1998, August 2004, December 2007 per C. Lougee

    Separated Materials

    Five books were removed and cataloged separately: - Psalter dedicated to the French Church of The Hague (17th century) - Psalter and Prayers book wrapped in leather and linen - Semaine de Meditations et de Prieres - Paraphrase, ou Briefve explication sur le catechisme (Lyon, 1664) - Formulaire de la Consecration & Dedicace des eglises & chapelles, selon l’Usage de l’Eglise d’Irlande (Dublin, 1702)

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The bulk of this collection was purchased by Stanford University, Special Collections in 2007. Additions to the collection were donated by Carolyn Chappell Lougee in 2017 from her private holdings. Accessions MSS 2007-295 and 2017-344.
    Professor Carolyn Chappell Lougee donated some materials from her private collection.


    Some documents have notes or summary translations attached in English written on blue paper. Per Carolyn Lougee, it was either a descendant, namely Erasmus Dixon Borrowes, d. 1866, or the husband of a descendant named Duncan Matheson, who was working on the papers in the 1920's.

    Biographical / Historical

    The Champagné family was a French Protestant (Huguenot) family living in France when the Edict of Nantes was revoked. The revocation criminalized their religion and they escaped from France. The Borrowes were descendants of the Champagnés.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Much of this material is believed to be in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use of public domain materials.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Champagné and Borrowes family papers (M1599). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California.


    For the original listing created by Carolyn Lougee, ask Special Collections.


    Organized into 9 series: Series 1. Robillard de Champagné ancestry; Series 2. Isle ancestry; Series 3. Josias de Robillard de Champagné and Marie de la Rochefoucauld; Series 4. Documents on the contest over Berneré (Esclafer-Lougee Papers); Series 5. Josias II de Champagné (1673-1737); Series 6. Dean Champagné; Series 7. Portarlington, Ireland; Series 8. Borrowes family papers; Series 9. Notes on the Champagné Papers by descendants and others.

    Scope and Contents

    The papers of and/or pertaining to the Robillard de Champagné family from the Saintonge in southwestern France and some of their descendants, the Borrowes family. Materials consist of ancestries, baptismal records, correspondence, court documents, financial documents, marriage certificates, notes about the papers by descendants, and more.

    Custodial History

    The documents in Series I-III that are dated before summer 1688 were carried into Holland by the paterfamilias, Josias de Robillard de Champagné, when he escaped from France in spring 1688. The papers in Series IV were part of a lawsuit against Marie de la Rochefoucauld and were preserved in the archives of the Lavie Family. They were acquired from Patrick Esclafer de la Rode by Carolyn Lougee, who donated them to the Library. Documents in Series V-IX were created during the first and second Champagné generations’ residence in the Protestant Refuge and were added to down to the extinction of the Borrowes line of male descendants in the 1930s. Series I-III and V-VIII remained in the hands of Champagné descendants down to the time of their purchase by Stanford University Libraries in 2008.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    France -- History.
    Scott, Philip E.
    Champagne and Borrowes family