Origins of the COIG.

History of the Coig in France.

A great many of the members of the Coig family, who belonged to the most ancient Scottish nobility, moved to France due to religious persecution in their native land during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, in the XVI century, and settled in the city of Oloron, capital of the district of Haut-Béarn, where they owned their castle or principal house.

The nobleman Alexius de Coig was named, "Proconsul and First Judge" in 1594, and then Honorary Guardian of the Church of Sainte Croix, in which he had his own chapel with his coat of arms. He married in Oloron with Jeanne de Veillenave.

Their son Barthélémy de Coig et Veillenave, was Lord of Moureu, Proconsul and Lay Abbot of the Parish of Plasencia. He married in 1621 with Thérèse de Medeville, daughter of Antoine de Medeville, Lord of Sainte Colome. From this union was born their son:

Jean de Coig et Medeville, second Lord of Moureu who married on the 29th of September of 1666 with Maríe de Lanne et Poncavare, daughter of Joseph de Lanne, Lord of Gurmansone.

Their son was Joseph de Coig et Lanne who moved to Spain in 1720 and founded the Spanish branch of the family.

Other members of the family remained in France and their descendants live there to this day, but we (the Spanish Coigs) know very little about them. Eventually some French Coigs migrated to the United States settling mostly in Louisianna and California.

The information in this section is largely derived from several military records that were kept in various registers in Spain.

More information can be found by following these links:

Queen Elizabeth I

Religious persecution in the XVI century

Oloron-Sainte-Maríe, Travel

Oloron-Sainte-Maríe, Tourism Office

L’église Sainte Croix

Map of the Oloron area