Brousson, Claude a French Protestant advocate and martyr, born at Nismes 1647. In his house at Toulouse the deputies of the Protestant churches assembled in 1683, when it was resolved that the religious meetings of the Protestants should be continued after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. Brousson retired to Geneva and Lausanne, and, having been ordained, preached from place to place in France, Holland, and Germany. His labors led finally to the establishment of the " Churches of the Desert." See COURT, ANTHONY. Being arrested at Oleron in 1698, he was broken on the wheel at Montpellier. He left, among other writings, L'etat des RCformes de France (Switzerland, 1684; Hague, 1685):-Lettres au clerge de France:-Lettres des protestans de France a toes les autres protestans de l'Europe (Berlin, 1688):-Relation sommaire des merv(illes que Dieufait en France dans les Cevennes (1694, 8vo). See Peyrat, Hist. des Pasteurs de desert (Paris, 1842, 2 vols.); Weiss, Histoire des Refugies Protestants.- Hoefer, Biog. Generale, v, 538.