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French Louis MANDRIN

French smuggler (highwayman) from Dauphiné

Source :  Bertrand JACQUIERAux Fils De MANDRIN

Born: on February 11, 1725 in Saint-Étienne-de-Saint-Geoirs, Isère, France
Died: on May 26, 1755 in Valence, Drôme, France


Louis Mandrin was born at Saint-Étienne-de-Saint-Geoirs, Dauphiné, a border province, in 1725. His family was well established in the region, but was no longer as prosperous as in the past. Louis's father, a horse merchant, died when Louis was 17, leaving nine children. Louis, the eldest, hecame head of the family.

Mandrin's first run-in with the fermiers was in 1748. He was under contract to supply to French army in Italy with "100 mules minus three." Unfortunately, crossing the Alps was difficult and most of the animals died on the way to their destination, Saint-Étienne-de-Saint-Geoirs. Mandrin had only 17 mules left when he arrived, and they were in such a sorry state that the tax collectors refused to pay him.

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- Category Bandit, burglar, crook, privateer