COMMINGES Or, Cominges.
Former French County in the central Pyrenees, on the upper Garonne;
- A bishopric in the province of Auch.
1. It is believed that the County was founded in the 9th century by a son of Aznar Sanchez, Duke of Gascony (d.836), belonging to the same family as produced the Counts of Foix (in the eastern Pyrenees). Eventually, c.1375, the County passed to an heiress and was held in succession by her three husbands.
With the death of the last of them in 1453, the County passed to the King, but was given to John de Lescun, the Bastard of Armagnac and a Marshal of France, in 1461.
It was later held by relatives of his, finally passing to the Crown in 1540. It belonged to the gouvernement of Guyenne & Gascony, and, in the 18th century, to the generality of Auch.
2. The cathedral for the diocese, which was abolished in 1790, was at St Bertrand de Comminges.