Adolphe Dechamps was the son of a teacher. After initially working as a journalist, he entered politics at a young age. As a journalist, he made his nationalist sentiments clear in the years leading up to Belgium independence. He became a catholic member of parliament at the tender age of 27, and was briefly governor of Luxemburg before becoming minister for public works and then minister for foreign affairs between 1842 and 1847 in three consecutive cabinets. He owned Scailmont Château in Manage and was a promoter of the railways, facilitating the passage of the important Brussels-Charleroi-Namur line in his region. He also held stakes in regional coal-producing companies. His younger brother Victor (1810-1883) enjoyed a brilliant ecclesiastical career, becoming cardinal-archbishop of Mechelen and primate of Belgium.
( METZ 1744 – PARIS 1794 )
François-Joseph de Feydeau was a French squire, the son-in-law of Lord Marc-Antoine Humbert de Tonnois, and Lord of Fayt and Escaille by the remarriage of his mother. He settled in Escaille in 1774 after a brief military career, in order to take over the then inefficient administration. In 1778 he sold the seigneury to the Looz-Corswarem family before returning to France, where he was accused of desertion and condemned to death by the revolutionary authorities. The last representative of the de Gongnies line therefore perished on the guillotine on 29 April 1794.