Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle

Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle (French: [klod ʒɔzɛf ʁuʒɛ d(ə) lil]), sometimes spelled de l'Isle or de Lile[3] (10 May 1760 – 26 June 1836), was a French army officer of the French Revolutionary Wars. He is known for writing the words and music of the Chant de guerre pour l'armée du Rhin in 1792, which would later be known as La Marseillaise and become the French national anthem.

Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Pils - Rouget de Lisle chantant la Marseillaise
Rouget de Lisle sings la Marseillaise for the first time painted by Isidore Pils (1813–1875)
Born10 May 1760
Lons-le-Saunier, Kingdom of France
Died26 June 1836 (aged 76)
Choisy-le-Roi, Seine-et-Oise, Kingdom of France
Allegiance France
Service/branchFrench Army
Years of service1784–1793
AwardsChevalier. Légion d'honneur (1831)[1][2]
Other workChant de guerre pour l'armée du Rhin La Marseillaise

Early life

Rouget de Lisle was born at Lons-le-Saunier, reputedly on a market day. His parents lived in the neighbouring village of Montaigu.[4] A plaque was placed at the precise spot of his birth and a statue erected in the town's center in 1882. He was the eldest son of Claude Ignace Rouget (5 April 1735 – 6 August 1792) at Orgelet and Jeanne Madeleine Gaillande (2 July 1734 – 20 March 1811).[5]


Rouget de Lisle1
Rouget de Lisle in 1792.

He enlisted into the army as an engineer and attained the rank of captain. A royalist, like his father, he refused to take the oath of allegiance to the new constitution.[1] Rouget de Lisle was cashiered and thrown into prison in 1793, narrowly escaping the guillotine. He was freed during the Thermidorian Reaction and retired to Montague.[1]

La Marseillaise

The song that has immortalized him, La Marseillaise, was composed at Strasbourg, where Rouget de Lisle was garrisoned in April 1792. France had just declared war on Austria, and the mayor of Strasbourg, baron Philippe-Frédéric de Dietrich, held a dinner for the officers of the garrison, at which he lamented that France had no national anthem. Rouget de Lisle returned to his quarters and wrote the words in a fit of patriotic excitement. The piece was at first called Chant de guerre pour l'armée du Rhin ("War Song for the Army of the Rhine") and only received its name of Marseillaise from its adoption by the Provençal volunteers whom Barbaroux introduced into Paris and who were prominent in the storming of the Tuileries Palace on 10 August 1792.[2]

After the war, Rouget de Lisle wrote a few other songs of the same kind as the Marseillaise and in 1825 he published Chants français (French Songs) in which he set to music fifty songs by various authors. His Essais en vers et en prose (Essays in Verse and Prose, 1797) contains the Marseillaise; a prose tale Adelaide et Monville of the sentimental kind; and some occasional poems. He returned to public life after the July Revolution; Louis Philippe awarded him the Legion of Honour.[2]


Rouget de Lisle died in poverty in Choisy-le-Roi, Val de Marne.[6] His ashes were transferred from Choisy-le-Roi cemetery to the Invalides on 14 July 1915, during World War I.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ a b c Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Richard Stockton, Nathan Haskell Dole, Julian Hawthorne, Caroline Ticknor, The World's Great Masterpieces. American literary society, 1901, p. 9577.
  2. ^ a b c The New York Times Current History: The European War, Volume 16, 1918. p. 200.
  3. ^ Brian N. Morton, Donald C. Spinelli, Beaumarchais and the American Revolution,Lexington Books, 2003, p. 303. ISBN 9780739104682
  4. ^ Lons, une "petite" ville en lettres capitales at La Terre de chez nous (in French) 10 April 2004. Retrieved 7 August 2013
  5. ^ Family Tree Rouget
  6. ^ a b Norman Davies, Europe: A history p. 718
  7. ^ The Marsellaise. Honouring its author Hawera & Normanby Star 26 October 1915, at National Library of New Zealand
  8. ^ Tribute to Composer The Argus (Australia), 16 July 1915, p.7, at Trove

Further reading

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Margaret Delisle (b. 1946), Canadian political figure

Michael Delisle (b. 1959), Canadian author

Peter Delisle (1934–2014), English athlete in cricket

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Steven Delisle (b. 1990), Canadian athlete in ice hockey

Vanessa de Lisle, British fashion journalist

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Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle (1760-1836), French composer

Georges Rouget (1781-1869), French painter

Jean Rouget (1916-unknown), French field hockey player

Jean-Claude Rouget (born 1953), French horse trainer and jockey

Julio José Iglesias Rouget (born 1972), Spanish footballer

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Roujet (or Rouget) DeLisle Marshall (December 27, 1847 – May 22, 1922) was an American judge who served as a justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court from 1895 to 1918.

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