Ney de la Moskowa, Eglé

NOBLEMAN (FRANCE)
BORN 18 Oct 1832, Paris - DIED 29 May 1890, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes: Villa Les Lotus
REAL NAME Ney de la Moskowa, Albine-Marie-Napoléone-Eglé
GRAVE LOCATION Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes: Cimetière du Grand-Jas, 205 avenue de Grasse (Allée du Dépositoire communal)

Granddaughter of Marshall Ney (paternal) and of the banker Laffite (maternal). She had a temper and was extravagant and eccentric. In May 1852 she married the Duc de Persigny, a cabinet minister and a personal friend of Napoleon III. But he was many years her senior and she cheated him with other men. It seems that the emperor himself was among her lovers. During the marriage she had five children, but possibly nine of them was fathered by Persigny.

After Persigny's death in 1872 she married Hyacinthe Lemoyne, a lawyer based in Cairo. Her mother tried to prevent the marriage and there was even a lawsuit. After sixteen years she became a widow again. Her third husband was the Marquis Villelume-Sombreuil (b.26 Aug 1861), who was only 28 years old when he married her in 1889 in China. She died the following years and was buried in Cannes.

Sources
• Bierman, John, Napoleon III and his Carnival Empire, Sphere Books, London, 1990
• Hoefer [Dr], Nouvelle Biographie Universelle, Firmin Didot Frères, Paris, 1866
Accueil - Mairie de Cannes

Images

The grave of Eglé Ney de la Moskowa at the Cimetière du Grand-Jas, Cannes.
Picture by Androom (30 Nov 2008)

 

The grave of Eglé Ney de la Moskowa at the Cimetière du Grand-Jas, Cannes.
Picture by Androom (30 Nov 2008)

 


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Published: 15 Nov 2009
Last update: 15 Oct 2010