Jean-Baptiste CLERY

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FrenchBorn Jean-Baptiste CANT HANET

Personal valet to King Louis XVI

Born on May 11, 1759 in Jardy, France , France

Died on May 27, 1809 in Hietzing, Autriche

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First serving as secretary of the Princess of Guéménée, he was made valet of the dauphin (who would become Louis XVII).

Cléry became the valet of Louis XVI when he was imprisoned in the Temple until January 21, 1793. Although he was arrested on September 25, 1793, he avoided the fate of the guillotine and was freed on July 27, 1794.


Cléry became valet to the Count of Provence (future Louis XVIII) and gave him his journal detailing the events of the revolution. His journal gave an account of what he saw of his touching farewell with his family. The journal was published and was well received, earning Cléry some money.

Cléry moved to Austria and purchased an estate where he stayed until his death in 1809.

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