Quebec History Marianopolis College

Date Published:
July 2005

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


Amury Girod


Girod, Amury (d. 1837), adventurer, was born in France (not in Switzerland, as is usually stated), and spent his youth on a model farm. He served, it is said, as a cavalry officer in the Mexican army; and he came to Canada about 1828. He established a model farm near Quebec, under the patronage of Joseph François Perrault; he farmed for a. time near St. Charles, in the Richelieu valley; and he finally settled near Varennes, Lower Canada. He became an ardent patriote; and in 1837 he headed the insurgents in the St. Eustache district. He fled from the field of action; and, when recognized and in danger of apprehension, committed suicide near Pointe-aux-Trembles, Lower Canada, toward the end of December, 1837. In 1833 he married Zoé Ainse, of Varennes; she died in 1842. Girod published Notes diverses sur le Canada (Village Debartzch, 1835). See L. A. Huguet-Latour and L. E. de Bellefeuille, Amury Girod (Bull. rech. hist., 1902), and Wm. McLennan, Amury Girod (Canadian antiquarian and numismatic journal, 1879).

[Consult his biography at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography]

Source  : W. Stewart WALLACE, ed., The Encyclopedia of Canada, Vol. III, Toronto, University Associates of Canada, 1948, 396p., p. 33.


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