- The Chevalier Ambroise de l'Étang was Page of Honour to Queen Marie Antoinette [he was two years younger than her], later an officer of the King's Guard du Corps and Superintendent of the Royal Stud Farm. He was a magnificent horseman, tall and handsome, with a courtier's polished manners and was a Chevalier of the Royal and Military Order of St. Louis. He was openly devoted to his Royal mistress, and his conduct was such that gossip reached the ears of King Louis XVI, who issued a sudden order to have the young Chevalier posted to a regiment of Saphis, stationed in Pondicherry, India. The Governor
of that province also received strict orders not to let him out of India. This action probably saved his life as the French Revolution was to follow shortly afterwards.
Thérèse had lived in India all her life and, following her marriage, she and the Chevalier settled there and raised a family of two sons, who both died unmarried, and three daughters. For a time, the Chevalier was a prisoner of the British Force which captured Pondicherry in 1793. Later he ran a riding school, combined with a veterinary business, and auction rooms for the sale and purchase of horses. In 1802, he was appointed as veterinary surgeon to the body-guard of the Governor General of Bengal and, in 1814, is heard of schooling horses for the wealthy Nawab of Oude [the Governor General was the Marquis of Hastings]. The Governor General noted the Chevalier's name in his diary as, "a man of exemplary character and most polished manners and moreover ... most highly qualified for superintending a stud farm, having held such an office under Louis XVI in France."
After the Battle of Waterloo, he was appointed assistant supervisor in one of the East India Company's studs, and from 1833 until his death, he was in charge of studs at Ghazipur, where he died aged 84.