Patrician Families and the Making of Quebec: The Taschereaus and McCords

Patrician Families and the Making of Quebec: The Taschereaus and McCords

by Brian Young

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Overview

History has often ignored the influence in modern Quebec of family dynasties, patriarchy, seigneurial land, and traditional institutions. Following the ascent of four generations from two families through eighteenth-century New France to the onset of the First World War, Patrician Families and the Making of Quebec compares the French Catholic Taschereaus and the Anglican and English-speaking McCords. Consulting private, institutional, and legal archives, Brian Young studies eight family patriarchs. Working as merchants or colonial administrators in the first generation, they became seigneurial proprietors, officeholders, and prelates. The heads of both families used marriage arrangements, land stewardship, and judgeships to position their heirs. Young shows how patriarchy was a central force in both domestic and public life, as well as the ways in which Taschereau and McCord family strategies extended into the marrow of Quebec society through moral authority, influence on national identities, and their positions within senior offices in religious, judicial, and university institutions. Through courthouses, cemeteries, belfries, and their own chapels and neoclassical estates, they created encompassing cultural landscapes. Later generations used museums, archives, historian collaborators, photography, and modern print to elevate family achievement to the status of heroic national narratives. Sagas of the monied and entrepreneurial, nationalist imperatives to protect a vulnerable people, and skepticism about the lasting power of great families and historical institutions have relegated the influence of the Taschereaus and McCords to obscurity. Patrician Families and the Making of Quebec resuscitates the central role these elite families played in English and French Quebec.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773544369
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 10/15/2014
Series: Studies on the History of Quebec Series , #25
Pages: 472
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Brian Young is professor emeritus of history at McGill University and the author and co-author of several books including, with John Dickinson, A Short History of Quebec, now in its fourth edition.

Table of Contents

Tables xi

Acknowledgments xiii

McCord and Taschereau Family Trees xv

Introduction 3

Part 1 French and Ulster Scots Establishment 21

1 Marie-Claire Fleury de la Gorgendiere (1708-1797) 23

2 John McCord (1711-1793) 55

Part 2 Local Authority in the Beauce and Montreal 67

3 Gabriel-Elzéar Taschereau (1745-1809) 71

4 Thomas McCord (1750-1824) 120

Part 3 Patricians 141

5 Jean-Thomas Taschereau Sr (1778-1832) 147

6 John Samuel McCord (1801-1865) 190

Part 4 Might and Just Memory 257

7 Elzéar-Alexandre Taschereau (1820-1898) 261

8 David Ross McCord (1844-1930) 302

Conclusion 325

Notes 331

Bibliography 391

Illustration Credits 431

Index 439

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