August 23, 2014
The earliest mention of Jean de Gras Mouton (John of the Fat Sheep) dates to 1389, when it was declared that Amaury de la Ville was to be his heir. There was nothing more said about Jean. Was he particularly successful at raising sheep? Did he inherit the name from his father or his father's father? We don't know.
The name "Gras Mouton", once attached to a person, soon described an estate and the nobility who lived there. There was a noble house of Gras Mouton, with its associated farm, grain mill, fishing rights in the river Maine, and vineyards. But the property was destroyed during the French Revolution, its assets seized by the government. It was eventually sold ... [More]