Quebec History Marianopolis College

Date Published:
March 2005

L’Encyclopédie de l’histoire du Québec / The Quebec History Encyclopedia


Jean André Cuoq


Cuoq, Jean André (1821-1898), priest and philologist, was born at Puyen-Vélay, Haute Loire, France, on June 6, 1821, the son of Jean Pierre Cuoq and Rosalie Delholme. Ordained a priest of the Roman Catholic Church in 1845, he came to Canada in 1846, and was appointed a missionary to the Indians at the Lake of Two Mountains, Lower Canada. Here he remained for many years, and he became an authority on the Indian languages. In his later years he retired to the Seminary of St. Sulpice, Montreal, and he died at Oka, Quebec, on July 21, 1898 . In 1882 he was chosen a charter member of the Royal Society of Canada. His chief publications were Etudes philologiques sur quelques langues sauvages de l'Amérique (Montreal, 1866), Lexique de la langue Iroquoise (Montreal, 1882, with "additamenta", 1883), Lexique de la langue Algonquine (Montreal, 1886), Grammaire de la langue Algonquine (Trans. Roy. Soc. Can., 1891-2). He published also an anonymous pamphlet entitled Jugement erroné de M. Ernest Renan sur les langues sauvages (Montreal, 1864; 2nd ed., 1869). See Abbé O. Maurault, Un Sulpicien indianisant: M. André Cuoq (Trans. Roy . Soc. Can., 1932).

Source  : W. Stewart WALLACE, ed., The Encyclopedia of Canada, Vol. II, Toronto, University Associates of Canada, 1948, 411p., p. 157.


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