Quebec History Marianopolis College

Date Published:
March 2005

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


Gédéon de Catalogne


Catalogne, Gédéon de (1662-1729), soldier and engineer, was born at Bresse, in the province of Béarn, France, in 1662, and was the son of Gédéon de Catalogue and Marie du Cap-de-Molle. He came to Canada in 1683, took part in La Barre's expedition against the Iroquois in 1684, and was in the French expedition to Hudson bay in 1686. In 1687 he accompanied Denonville in his expedition against the Senecas, and he was present at the siege of Quebec in 1690, having had charge of constructing the fortifications. In 1702 he built the fortifications at Bécancour and Three Rivers, and in 1708-9 he prepared maps of the districts of Quebec, Montreal, and Three Rivers. In 1711 he directed the construction of redoubts on the heights of Quebec, and in 1720 had charge of fortifying Louisbourg. He was the author of an interesting memoir on the plans of the seigniories of Quebec, Three Rivers, and Montreal, written in 1712. He died at Louisbourg on January 5, 1729. He married, in 1690, at Montreal, Marie Anne Lemire; by her he had ten children. See P. G. Roy, Gédéon de Catalogne (Bull. rech. hist., vol. xiii), and G. Catalogne, Mémoire sur les seigneuries (Bull. rech. hist., vol. xxi).

Source  : W. Stewart WALLACE, ed., The Encyclopedia of Canada, Vol. II, Toronto, University Associates of Canada, 1948, 411p., p. 13.


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