Marie Therese Louise De Savoie-Ca-Rignan Lamballe, princess of, born in Turin, Sept. 8, 1749, murdered at the prison of La Force in Paris, Sept. 3, 1792. She was early remarked for her intelligence, sweetness of temper, and personal beauty. In 1767 she was married to the prince of Lamballe, son of the duke of Bour-bon-Penthievre. This union was not happy, and the princess was about to seek a separation when her husband died, May 7, 1768. On the death of Marie Leszezynska, a marriage was proposed between her and Louis XV.; but the project was defeated by Choiseul and his adherents. Marie Antoinette conceived a strong attachment for the princess, and on her accession to the throne appointed her superintendent of the royal household. The princess proved a devoted friend. She saw without jealousy the growing favor of the duchess of Polignac, and silently kept aloof; but when the latter, on the breaking out of the revolution, deserted her mistress, she returned to her post. She was at the queen's side on the dreadful days of June 20 and Aug. 10,1792, and accompanied her to the legislative assembly and afterward to the Temple. On Aug. 19 she was separated from her mistress and confined in the prison of La Force, where, despite the most energetic measures to save her, she fell a victim to the September massacre.

When she appeared before the tribunal which passed sentence upon the prisoners, she answered with firmness and dignity. She refused to take the oath against the king, the queen, and monarchy; and scarcely had the verdict, " Out with her," been uttered, when she was struck down with a billet by a drummer boy and despatched with a sword; her body was mutilated and exposed, and her head placed on a pike, and carried first to the Palais Royal, where the duke of Orleans, her brother-in-law, was forced to salute it, and then to the Temple, where it was paraded under the windows of the queen. The Memoires relatifs a la famille royale de France (2 vols. 8vo, Paris, 1826), gathered from her conversations and memoranda, and published by Mrs. C. Hyde, the marchioness Solari, are not considered authentic. Her biography has been written by M. de Lescure (Paris, 1864).