The Marquis

Folco de Baroncelli was born in 1869 in Aix-en-Provence. He was the descendant of an ancient Florentine family who settled in Avignon in the 15th century. He became passionately interested in bulls during his childhood. The discovery of Camargue marked his destiny, as a matter of fact he became a manadier, regardless his noble origins. In 1895, he settled in Camargue where he created the Manado Santenco in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer. In 1909, he created the cultural association Nacioun Gardiano and actively participated to the codification of the course camarguaise and the celebration of the gardians.

All the testimonies insist on the great humanity and the generosity of this man, above all in favor of oppressed minorities: he defended the gypsies who, thanks to him, were granted the right to honor Saint Sara, their patroness.

That is why, every year, on 26th May, the life of the Marquis of Baroncelli is celebrated by gypsies, folk bands, and gardians