The Nuttall Encyclopedia
A race in the SW. of France of uncertain origin; treated as outcasts in the Middle Ages, owing, it has been supposed, to some taint of leprosy, from which, it is argued, they were by their manner of life in course of time freed.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Cagots'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/c/cagots.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.