I am trying to locate an ancestor of mine who fled from France to Norway around 1789. In Norway he called himself "Ludig Fredrik Vegult".
I learn of one Emmanuel-Francois de Grossoles (1734-1780) who had the title "Grand Louvetier" (manager of the Royal Hunting Ground)who apparently was married to a woman called du Vigier. He passed his title along to his son but he is supposed to have eacaped to Norway with his misstress who was of the de Sevignèr family.
The story fits very well with the family legends of Vegult. it is indeed difficult to read the old churchrecords but it is possible that the son used his mothers name when entering Norway and Scandinavianized the name to wegult. according to our family legends he abducted a woman of noble blood from a monestery and brough her with him on his escape. However our family legend says the name of the woman was "de la Rochefoucauld"but this seems not to be possible.
Is anyone familiar with the story of de Grossoles?