Ratte, Guitard De

Ratte, Guitard De a French prelate, was born at Montpellier in 1552. He was advisory clerk in the Parliament of Toulouse. When imprisoned with the president, Duranti, he showed so much opposition to the government that his house and library were pillaged, and he was condemned by Parliament to be executed. Henry IV indemnified Ratte by giving him the abbev of Saint-Sauveur of Lodeve, and a life-pension of 12,000 francs. For his fidelity to the king, he afterwards received the abbey of Val-Richer, in the diocese of Bayetx, and that of Saint-Chinian, in the diocese of Saint-Vous. He was made vicar- general at Montpellier and archdeacon of Valence, and in 1596 bishop of Montpellier. On his way to Toulouse he was attacked by three large dogs, and mortally wounded. He died July 7, 1602. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.

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