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Melville Amadeus Henry Douglas Heddle de La Caillemotte de Massue de Ruvignés, 9th Marquis of Ruvigny and 15th of Raineval[1] (25 April 1868 – 6 October 1921) was a British genealogist and author, who was twice president of the Legitimist Jacobite League of Great Britain and Ireland.

Melville, Marquis of Ruvigny and Raineval
Born(1868-04-25)25 April 1868
Fulham, Middlesex, England
Died6 October 1921(1921-10-06) (aged 53)
46, St George's Road, Southwark, London, England
Noble familyde Massue de Ruvigny
Spouse(s)Rose Amalia Gaminara
Countess Rachel Melville Madelaine Margaret Moyra Frances Helen (1894–1917)
Count Gabriel Henry Philip Valeran d'Ailly Southwell Maynard (1896–1914)
Count Charles Rupert Wriothesley Douglas Townsend Morris, 10th Marquis of Ruvigny and 16th of Raineval (1903–1941)
FatherColonel C. H. T. B. de Massue de Ruvigny
MotherMargaret Melville Moodie


Ruvigny was born in London to Colonel Charles Henry Theodore Bruce de Massue de Ruvignés, soi-disant Marquis of Ruvigny and Raineval, a native of Switzerland, by his marriage to Margaret Melville Moodie, a daughter of George Moodie, of Cocklaw and Dunbog in Fife, Scotland.[2] Ruvigny's grandfather, Captain Lloyd Henry de Ruvynes,[3] an Irishman of French origin, changed his name to "de Massue de Ruvignés", because of his descent from a daughter of Henri de Massue, 1st Marquis de Ruvignés.[4]

On 30 August 1893 Ruvigny married Rose Amalia Gaminara, daughter of Poncrazio Gaminara of Tumaco, Colombia, by his wife, Doña Amalia Cabezas, daughter of Don Felipe Cabezas, LL.D. of the University of Quito, Ecuador.[5]

Ruvigny co-founded the Legitimist Jacobite League of Great Britain and Ireland in 1891, with Herbert Vivian and Ruaraidh Erskine.[6] He was President of the League in 1893, 1894 and 1897. The League was one of the principal organization driving the Neo-Jacobite Revival of the 1890s. In 1898 he was made a Knight of the Order of Charles III by the Spanish Carlist claimant Don Carlos, Duke of Madrid, known as "King Carlos VII".

Ruvigny was a prolific author of genealogical works, one of the leaders of the Neo-Jacobite Revival, and a committed member of the Roman Catholic Church, which he joined in 1902.[7] He died in a London nursing home and was succeeded by his second son, Charles, Comte de la Caillemotte, his first son having died unexpectedly shortly before the First World War.[8]



  1. ^ The Nobilities of Europe, Marquis de Ruvigny, 1909, p. 10.
  2. ^ 1881 United Kingdom Census North Stoke, Oxfordshire, England; piece 1295, folio 82, page 3
  3. ^ A List of the Officers of the Army and of the Corps of Royal Marines, p. 720
  4. ^ Ruvigny, Marquis of (1906). The Nobilities of Europe.
  5. ^ Ruvigny, Marquis of (1906). The Moodie Book.
  6. ^ Gardner, Laurence (31 March 2007). The Shadow of Solomon: The Lost Secret of the Freemasons Revealed. Weiser Books.
  7. ^ Who is who. 1903.
  8. ^ The Times dated 7 October 1921, p. 9, col. C