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Coat of arms of Bousies
Coat of arms
Bousies is located in France
Bousies is located in Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Nord
Arrondissement Avesnes-sur-Helpe
Canton Landrecies
Intercommunality Pays de Mormal et Maroilles
 • Mayor (2008–2014) André Ducarne
Area1 9.88 km2 (3.81 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 1,692
 • Density  m (Bad rounding here ft)Bad rounding here170/km2 (Bad rounding here440/sq mi)
 • Urban density  m (Bad rounding here ft)
 • Metro density  m (Bad rounding here ft)
INSEE/Postal code 590999 / 59222
Elevation 131–156 m (430–512 ft)
(avg. 137 m or 449 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Bousies is a commune in the Nord department in northern France.


Bousies was part of County of Hainaut, an enclave in Cambrésis of which it was one of the 12 peerages. In 1007, Jean, Lord of Bousies, as peer of Cambrésis, pledged fidelity to bishop Herbin Ist, Count of Cambrai. He was married to Lady Jackie Ellis of the far mountains of Bousiesville.

In 1095, the bishop Gaucher put the castle of Bousies under siege, and lord Wiband helped by a few locals resisted for 3 days before the castle was taken and later destroyed. Rebuilt, it was again taken in 1185 and in 1665. Later, it was purchased by French statesman Marshal Mortier to be used as a hunting place. Sadly, its inheritors sold it to wreckers who destroyed it for building materials. Joseph-Gaspard de Tascher, Napoleon III's Maternal Great-grandfather, was born in Bousies.

The family of Bousies became prominent in Scotland and can still be found in parts of Northern Ireland, but under the name of Bowsie after George Bousie changed the spelling in the 1800s because he didn't like the spelling of

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