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Lannes, Jean, Duc de Montebello (1769-1809), Napoleon's favourite marshal, was born at Lectoure. He entered the army in 1792, attached himself to Bonaparte in 1795, and greatly distinguished himself in his Italian campaigns. He also accompanied him to Egypt, and was with him at Marengo. From 1801 to 1804 Lannes was ambassador at Lisbon, after which he received a marshal's baton and was ennobled. He afterwards served with distinction at Austerlitz, in the Prussian campaign, and in Spain, and was mortally wounded at Essling in the second Austrian War.