Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Jean d'Ussel (1874- 1914) was a forester, who was the heir in a lineage of nobility with important properties in the village of Neuvic (Limousin). He was also a descendant of the famous four troubadours of Ussel, a family of Provençal troubadours of the late twelfth century.
In 1898 he was assigned to manage water and forest at Tarascon-sur-Ariège. This enabled him to discover the Pyrenees and he made numerous ascents over a 15 year period. Initially he focused on the mountains of Ariege and Andorra, accompanied by local guide, Pierre Marfaing.
He died in the first battle of the Great War near the town of Sailly-Saillisel (Somme).