Detailed plan of the battle of Roucoux

Battle de Roucoux, Le XI Octobre MDCCXLVI

Europe Low Countries
  • Publication date: 1746
  • Physical description: Manuscript plan with original hand-colour, dissected and mounted on linen.
  • Inventory reference: 2781


Detailed plan of the battle of Roucoux, which took place on 11th October 1746 on the west bank of the river Meuse, between the French and an allied army composed by British, Hanoverian, Austrian and Dutch troops.

The French were lead by General Marshall Saxe while the allies by Prince Charles of Lorraine and Sir John Ligonier. Prior to the battle, Saxe had already captured Brussels, Antwerp, Namur and Charleroi, and was now determined to invade Holland.


From the Library of the Dukes of Luynes.

Charles Louis d’Albert de Luynes (1717-1771) was a French nobleman and member of the House of Albert. He was the fifth Duke of Luynes as well as Duke of Chevreuse.

He took part in the war in 1733 in the War of the Polish Succession. He also took part in campaigns in 1735 and 1745, the latter in the War of the Austrian Succession, and was injured in combat at Sahay at the head of the Dragoons. He participated in the attack of Prague in 1742, and also assisted in various sieges and battles of the era.

In 1754, he was created a Colonel General of the Dragoons. From 1757 to 1771, he was the Gouverneur de Paris (Military governor of Paris), an ancient and prestigious rank representing the king in the capital. He also was created a Knight of the Order of the Holy Spirit at Versailles on 2 February 1759.

He died in Paris in his Hôtel. He was buried at the Chapelle de Saint Jean l’Évangeliste at the Église Saint-Sulpice, Paris.