Sunday, September 27, 2009

A tragic dispute

Nicolas de Büren was the third son of Philippe Albert de Büren (1679-1756) and Elisabeth de Diesbach (1681-1724). He was also the brother of Salomé de Büren mentioned in an earlier post. He was born in 1708 and when he was old enough entered the Swiss Guards in the Service of France. His Swiss regiment was stationed at the garrison of Montmédy in Lorraine.

Citadelle of Montmédy

After a heated disputed between himself and a fellow officer from the de Diesbach family about which town was superior, Bern or Fribourg, a duel ensued and Nicolas was killed. He was 19 years old.

What is bitterly ironic about this episode was that Nicolas was killed in the duel by a member of his mother's family.

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