Ligueil and the introduction of the metric system


A little while ago my friend, antiques dealer and estate agent, Vera Taylor, lent me a number of books from her collection. Amongst them were two volumes on life in

La Vie a Ligueil Pendant La Revolution 1789-1795

La Vie a Ligueil sous Le Directoire, 1795-1799

post revolutionary Touraine, specifically in the small town of Ligueil,  between 1789-95 and 1795-99. Both books were written and researched by Nelly Maillet (Professeur Honoraire) and published in 1987 and 1989 respectively by C.L.D.

As part of The Age of Reason, it was one of the acts of the French revolutionaries to introduce the metric/decimal system across the country. Their reasoning was to unify France, improve economic transactions, avoid disputes and to rationalise taxation across both France and, eventually, internationally through the introduction of agreed standards of measure. Indeed France was the world’s first country to introduce the metric system.

A page from the book covering 1795-99 is the directive on the use of standardised weights and measures; Table of Monies, Weights and Measures (see below). Interestingly the Table uses the original terms for metric units. For example: 1 Livre = 1,000 grams, Once = 100 grams,  Gros = 10 grams, Denier = 1 gram, Grain = 0.1 gram.

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About Jim McNeill

I am a blogger on 'The Social History of the Touraine region of France (37)' and also 'The Colonial History of Pennsylvania and the life & Family of William Penn'. I am a Director of Sweet Training Learning Consultancy Ltd. I'm about to open L'Union Bar in Paulmy, Loire Valley, France (37) in 2012 with my wife, Sandra.
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  1. Pingback: Keep the British £? Je ne le crois pas. It’s French don’t you know! Read on and the penny may drop. | Social history in the Touraine ~ Central |France

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