Guillaume Marie Anne Brune
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Guillaume Marie Anne Brune

Guillaume Brune

Count of the Empire
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Born13 March 1764 (1764-03-13)
Brive-la-Gaillarde, France
Died2 August 1816 (1816-08-03) (aged 53)
Avignon, France
Allegiance French First Republic
 First French Empire
RankMarshal of the Empire
AwardsMarshal of the Empire
Count of the Empire
Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour
Named on the Arc de Triomphe

Guillaume Marie-Anne Brune, 1st Count Brune (13 March 1764 - 2 August 1816) was a French soldier and political figure who rose to Marshal of the Empire.


Early life

The son of a lawyer, Brune was born at Brive-la-Gaillarde, Corrèze. He settled in Paris before the French Revolution, studied law, and became a political journalist. Following the French Revolution he joined the Cordeliers and was a friend of Georges Danton.

Revolutionary period

Brune was appointed brigadier general in 1793 and took part in the fighting of the 13 Vendémiaire (5 October 1795) against royalist insurgents in Paris. [1] In 1796 he fought under Napoleon Bonaparte in the Italian campaign, and was promoted général de division for good service in the field. He commanded the French army which occupied Switzerland in 1798 and established the Helvetic Republic, and in the following year he was in command of the French troops in defence of Amsterdam against the Anglo-Russian invasion of Holland under the Duke of York, in which he was completely successful - the invaders were defeated in the Battle of Castricum, and compelled, after a harsh retreat, to re-embark.[1] He rendered further good service in Vendée,[1] and in the Italian Peninsula[1] during the years 1799-1801 (winning the Battle of Pozzolo).

In 1802 Napoleon dispatched Brune to Constantinople as ambassador to the Ottoman Empire. During his two-year diplomatic service, he initiated relations between France and Persia.[]

Napoleonic era

Following his coronation as Emperor of the French in 1805, Napoleon made Brune Marshal of the Empire (Maréchal d'Empire). In 1808 Brune held a command of troops fighting in the North German campaign and occupied Swedish Pomerania, but Brune's staunch republicanism and a meeting between Brune and Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden raised Napoleon's suspicions, and he was not afterwards employed during the Empire. [1]

Brune was recalled to active service in 1815, during the Hundred Days, and as commander of the army of the Var, he defended the south of France against the forces of the Austrian Empire. He was murdered by a crowd of royalists during the Second White Terror at Avignon, during the opening stage of the Bourbon Restoration.[1] His body was thrown in the river Rhône, but was later recovered and buried in a pyramid-shaped tomb in the cemetery of Saint-Just-Sauvage.[]

Personal life

In 1793 he married Angélique Pierre. They had no issue but adopted two daughters. [2]



  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Brune, Guillaume Marie Anne". Encyclopædia Britannica. 4 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. Endnotes:
    • Notice historique sur la vie politique et militaire du marechal Brune (Paris, 1821).
    • Paul-Prosper Vermeil de Conchard, L'Assassinat du marechal Brune (Paris, 1888).


  1. ^ a b c d e f Chisholm 1911.
  2. ^ "Wives and Children of the Marshals". Retrieved 2019.

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