Are Their any court records as to the conviction of illectic wood cutting in France in 1635

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I would also love to know the answer to this. I am a decendant of Guillaume Trahan and his father Nicolas Trahan. I heard of this story but have not been able to get any info on it. Please keep me updated.
Also i have only been able to go back as far as Nicolas Trahan's mother but all it gives is Mrs. Trahan as her info. Would you have anything farther than that? Thank you...
by Charles Trahan G2G Crew (430 points)
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This is what i have found after researching "Records & Info on the Illiciate Wood Cutting In The Forest Of Bouregal, France in 1635" All searches did come back to Guillaume Trahan.
  {"The inhabitants of the parishes of St Germain and St Nicolas de Bourgueil, the Prosecutor... and also joinct my Lord Léonor of etampes... orders to three religious, two Squires, a guard hammer of the forest of Bourgueil, Guillaume TRAHAN... and a few other people what has been undertaken, usurped and deffriche by lesdictz deffendeurs of memberships and dependencies of said foretz of Bourgueil in said kept by the minutes of visitation and arpentaige and so-called leases to pension for 40 years We have declared nulz and of no effect, will be reuny in the future to the body of said foretz of Bourgueil... making inhibition express ausdictz deffendeurs and all other deffricher down no wood.. .do change the nature thereof from 500 books of fine... are condemned... the Duberle dict in 50 books of fine.. .the dict TRAHAN 20 books of fine and seventy books for the valleur and estymation of the young wood who was in two acres that he fact pull part a este found in his house and oultre in forty books for the domaiges and interetz"}   
(Translated from french to english by Google Translate)
  I hope this helps and anwsers your question.
by Charles Trahan G2G Crew (430 points)

I suspect that the word translated as books is actually livres the unit of currency .

the 'dict' Trahan probably means that the said 

Trahan was fined 20 livres and 70 livres for  the estimated cost of  the young wood  [ ?? ] which he had pulled down and was found in his house and on top of this  (oultre)  40 livres in damages (domages) and interest.

I think that garde hammer is actually the name of a forest official(  a garde-marteau ) 

The marteau was the hammer used to mark the trees that were to be cut . The garde-marteau had the responsibility to determine which  trees should be cut. Moreover there was a particular edict forbidding the cutting of thickets less than 10 years old and regulations as to how much was left (I think this might be a  reference to coppicing ) http://geneal.busiau.com/metiers/#let-g

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