bordermarkers of the
Pyrenees : sources in person
have received a lot of information on the esfr-bordermarkers from
sources 'in person'. We're talking about people who have responded to
my website and my questions or helped me in the field. They represent a
small but - so it seems - slowly increasing group of people who are
deeply interested in the bordermarkers in the Pyrenees. This
alphabetical list is also a tribute to these contributors.
Anne Marie Bats and Bernadette Chasseur
These two brave women - who search the
esfr-bordermarkers in the
Basque country - delivered in july 2013 the ultimate proof that bm196
was indeed rediscovered. See this
Joan Capdevila Subirana
One of the (Spanish) members of de Commission Mixte d'Abornemnet. In 2012 he got a
PhD with a
thesis on the history of the Franco-Spanish delimitation.
He made his publications available to me (and to you). See the literature-page
In a company of mainly retired men with a passion for the Pyrenean
bordermarkes, Cayetano is an exemption being still a young man. Living
in Girona, Spain), he started in 2013 to search and
photograph the esfr-bordermarkers between the province of Girona and
France (bm427-602). He has his own modern website and provided me in several cases with new information and words of encouragement.
Charles & Josette
Having 'done' all the esfr-bordermarkers in many extensive searches and
gathering a lot of background information, they were invaluable in
sharing pictures, directions, corrections and friendly
words. Josette sadly passed away in 2015.
The information on his website
meant a lot of help. Besides that Robert supplied pictures, directions
Is a 'close reader' of my website and helped me to correct a lot of
mistakes. And he has his own photosite
This 'cyclocampeur' with this
website did a great job in finding some Llivia-bordermarkers, I
couln't find before.
Corinne has started her quest for the bordermarkers in the Eastern
Pyrenees and has in 2018 extended her search to the Basque country. In
doing so she has provided me of a lot of information on unnumbered
intermediate marker not yet reported by anyone. She has definitely a
special eye for details and I like her enthousiasm. And she takes
responsibility for the future by introducing her young son into the art
and pleasure of bordermarker-searching.
Together with his friend Simone Hondelatte, Jean has almost reached his
target: finding all the esfr-bordermarkers in the Basque country, that
is nr. 1-272. He provided me with additional information on the
'graveyard' beneath Col de Gorrospil, was an intermediary for Anne
Marie Bats and Bernadette concerning bm196 and has published his own
book on the subject.
We met him by chance twice near Coustouges, a local huntersman who gave
crucial tips to find some of the bordermarkers around Coustouges. Later
- in 2009 - he guided me in person to bm542, one of the top experiences
of my project.
Jacques – living in Pau – started with photographing
bordermarkers in 2007 at the age of 71. Having begun with bm001, he has
in 2013 reached
the eastern Pyrenees. He supplied me with a lot of information and
pictures. Read more about him in this newspaper-article
As one of the three "délégués de l'abornement' of the trans-Pyrenean
bordercommitte, Jean-Paul informed me about his discovery of the
original bm330 in september 2012.
The first esfr-bordermarker searcher, I heard from. See his website which however (2016) appeared to have stopped. He shared his information generously and answered questions when needed.
Javier Martínez Ruiz
This Spaniard from Irún has visited the 1-235 bordermarker-range for
many years and wrote a large encyclopedic article on them (see the literature-page, including pdf-download). He
sent me information and pictures about the reinstalled bm087 and other
Living in Err, close to Puigcerda, he has started to photograph the
bordermarkers nearby. He sent me the pictures of the old markers 481fr
and 482fr which have been replaced by bronze plates in the tarmac
Living in Bayonne, this retired dermatologist has already done all esfr-bordermarkers, documenting them on his witty website http://michelmolia.pagesperso-orange.fr/
. He is - like me - intrigued by the fate of the lost 408-submarkers
III and IV and has undertaken numerous searches on the terrain and in
Jesús Murueta Goikoetxea
This canadien Basque or basque Canadien (aka 'Murgoi') has done an
extensive search of
the bordermarkers 1-272 in the years 2000-2003. He wrote an
elaborate account of his quest ("Mugarriak"), covering all these
pictures, directions, descriptions. He sent from Canada the digital
scans of his 'book' in august 2013 for which I'm very grateful. It's a
treasury and is available on this website as a pdf: the
Murgoi-files (note: it's a large file -280mb - and downloading
Discovered bm359 and told me how he found this remarkable (and
disputable) bordermarker. See his website.
Carlos and Conchita Roca
Carlos and Conchita, a cheerful couple from Barcelona started their own survey
bordermarkers in 2015 in the eastern Pyrenees and they intent to cover
the entire range from Andorra to the Mediterranean. Their website: https://www.carlosyconchita.net/rutas/bornas-mojones-es-fr/
I accompanied them on several trips and they have been helpful a lot in
reporting their observations on bordermarkers and the routes to get to
Living near the mediterranean coast, Serge is since 2011 a passionate
bordermarker-searcher. He wants to photograph them all from coast to
coast and I like that. Serge told me how to reach bm602 by using a
kayak! See this blog-post. And he organised in april 2014 an informal meeting of 'bordermen' which I enjoyed very much. See this page.