LOUIS AUGUSTE SABATIER (1839-1901), French Protestant theologian, was born at Vallon (Ardeche), in the Cevennes, on the 22nd of October 1839, and was educated at the Protestant theological faculty of Montauban and the universities of Tubingen and Heidelberg.
His brother, Paul Sabatier, was born at St Michel de Chabrillanoux in the Cevennes on the 3rd of August 1858, and was educated at the faculty of theology in Paris.
For four years he was pastor of St Cierge in the Cevennes and then devoted himself entirely to historical research.
The surface of Ardeche is almost entirely covered by the Cevennes mountains, the main chain, continued in the Boutieres mountains, forming its western boundary.
The town is situated at the foot of the Cevennes, on the left bank of the Gardon, which half surrounds it.