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Arms of the Bissy family.

Bissy (de) is the name of a famous family from the French nobility that gave poets, generals, bishops, exploraters and resistants to France during the last five centuries.


History of the family

Coat of arms

The coat of arms of the family is three red crayfishs on a gold surface [1].

Notable members

  • Pontus de Tyard de Bissy (1521–1605), French poet [2].
  • Héliodore de Thiard de Bissy (1557–1594), Governor of Verdun-sur-le-Doubs [3].
  • Henri-Pons de Thiard de Bissy (1657–1737), Bishop of Toul (1687–1704) and Maux (1704–1737), Cardinal (1715), confident of King Louis XIV of France: he wrote his will and gave him the anointing of the sick before his death [4].
  • Claude de Thiard de Bissy (1721–1810), Head of the French Royal Army during the conquest of Franche-Comté, Governor of Languedoc, member of the Académie Française [5].
  • Henri de Thiard de Bissy (1723–1794), Brother of Claude, French general.
  • Frédéric de Bissy (1768–1803), French explorer who partipated scientific expedition in Southern oceans [6].
  • Monique de Bissy (1923–2009), French resistant during WWII [7].


  1. ^ Arms of the Bissy family
  2. ^ Biography of Pontus de Bissy (FR)
  3. ^ Portrait of Héliodore de Bissy (FR)
  4. ^ Henri-Pons de Bissy on the Catholic Hierarchy
  5. ^ Claude de Bissy on the Académie Française (FR)
  6. ^ Frédéric de Bissy in the Baudin's scientific expediation (FR)
  7. ^ Annoucement of Monique de Bissy's death on the Belgian newspaper "La Libre Belgique"(FR)


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