Paul de Rapin-Thoyras (1661 - 1725)

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Nicknames: "de Rapin de Thoyras", "Rapin de Toyras"
Birthplace: Castres, Tarn, Midi-Pyrénées, France
Death: Died in Wesel, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Occupation: écuyer (titre de noblesse)
Managed by: Dr. Rotger Michael Snethlage
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About Paul de Rapin-Thoyras

Paul de Rapin (25 March 1661 – 25 April 1725), sieur of Thoyras (and therefore styled Thoyras de Rapin), was a French historian writing under English patronage.

The son of Jacques de Rapin, an avocat at Castres (Tarn), he was educated at the Protestant Academy of Saumur, and in 1679 became an advocate, but soon afterwards joined the army. The revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, and the death of his father led him to move to England; but, unable to find work there, he went on to the Netherlands where he enlisted in a company of French volunteers at Utrecht, commanded by his cousin, Daniel de Rapin.

He accompanied William III to England in 1688, and during the Williamite war in Ireland he took part in the Siege of Carrickfergus and the Battle of the Boyne, and was wounded at the Siege of Limerick (1690). Soon afterwards he was promoted to captain; but in 1693 he resigned in order to become tutor to the Earl of Portland's son. After travelling with the boy, he settled with his family (he married Marie-Anne Testart in 1699) in Holland, first at the Hague, then, to save money, at Wesel, in 1707.

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Paul de Rapin-Thoyras's Timeline

March 25, 1661
Castres, Tarn, Midi-Pyrénées, France
January 8, 1700
Age 38
La Haye
February 8, 1701
Age 39
La Haye
May 19, 1702
Age 41
August 19, 1703
Age 42
La Haye
February 24, 1705
Age 43
October 22, 1707
Age 46
October 22, 1708
Age 47
January 2, 1710
Age 48
October 31, 1711
Age 50