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Segur, Octave-Henri Gabriel De

SEGUR, OCTAVE-HENRI GABRIEL DE (1778-1818), elder son of Louis Philippe de Segur, served in the later Napoleonic campaigns, and remained in the army under the Restoration. He threw himself into the Seine on the 15th of August 1818. The domestic unhappiness that led to his suicide is retailed by the comtesse de Boigne in her Mtmoires (vol. i., 1907). His elder son, EUGENE, comte de Segur, succeeded his grandfather in the peerage in 1830. He married Sophie Rostopchine (1790-1894), daughter of Count Feodor Rostopchine, governor of Moscow. The countess of Segur wrote some famous books for children, the most familiar of which are perhaps the Malheurs de Sophie and the Mfmoires d'un dne, and many tales in the Bibliotheque rose. Her letters to her daughter and son-in-law, the count and countess de Simard de Petray, were published in 1891, and those to her grandson in 1898.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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