Blessed Jean-Baptiste-Xavier Loir

Martyrs of the Hulks of RochefortAlso known as

  • Jacques-Louis of Besançon



Son of Jacques-Louis Loir, director of the mint in Besançon, France and Elizabeth Juliot, the sixth of their eight children; he was baptized on the day of his birth. Studied in Lyon, France. Joined the Franciscan Capuchin friars in May 1740, making his profession on 9 May 1741 in Lyon. Priest. Superior of the convent of Saint Andrew from 1761 to 1764; superior of the convent of Saint Francis from 1764 to 1767. Sentenced to be exiled to Guyana, he was imprisoned on a ship in the harbor of Rochefort, France and left to die during the antiCatholic persecutions of the French Revolution. One of the Martyrs of the Hulks of Rochefort.



  • 19 May 1794 aboard the prison ship Deux-Associés, in Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France
  • from the position of his corpse, he apparently died while in prayer



Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Jean-Baptiste-Xavier Loir“. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 December 2019. Web. 19 April 2021. <>