The name of Bourbon comes from a town in France (called Bourbon-L'Archambault from the name of an early lord) and the region around it, the Bourbonnais.
The castle of Bourbon-L'Archambault is also the family estate and the cradle of the Bourbon family.
Unfortunately only small parts of that castle still exist. The castle was destroyed during the french revolution, then sold as a quarry.
on that map you can see the plan of the castle (black lines) as it once was. Only grey parts exist today.
Bourbon l'Archambault is a town with a prestigious name. From Henry IV, the Bourbon family would hold the throne of France, and, still today, its name is associated with several European reigning branches.
The spa town of the Bocage bourbonnais can be proud to be the birthplace of the
Source of the text above: official site of Bourbon l'Archambault
See that very good article (French) at Wikipedia on the early lords of the castle:
- Early Bourbons on Wikipedia
all photos on that page were taken by me in April 2007. I don't allow the use of these photos on any other page/site in internet!