|The Lady of Beauport|
|Marie Regnouard (also seen as Renouard) was born on September 8, 1599 in St. Aubin, Tourouvre, Mortagne, France; the daughter of Charles Renouard and Jacqueline Michel.|
|On February 12, 1628; she married Robert Giffard; an apothecary, who had spent several years in the New World as a physician for Samuel Champlain at Kebec.|
|Soon after their wedding, the couple set sail with a fleet bound for the colony, only to be captured by the Kirke Brothers and forced back home. Undaunted, her husband applied for a seigneury as soon as they were offered by the Company of 100 Associates, after the Quebec post was returned.|
|When they arrived at their new home in Beauport, the seigneury given to Robert; Marie was five months pregnant with two young children in tow. They had a comfortable home built, surrounded by family and friends, and Robert began a prosperous settlement, establishing fifty families before his death in 1668.
It was a volatile time with harsh weather and the constant threat of Iroquois raids, but the people of Beauport banded together for a common defense. In the early years when there were few public buildings, the Giffard home was used for weddings and social gatherings; and often served as a make-shift hospital or refuge at times of war.
|Marie Regnouard and Robert Giffard had seven children, five of them born in Quebec: Marie-Francoise married Jean Juchereau and had seven children; Charles returned to France in 1646; Francoise, the child born soon after their arrival, died in 1657 at Beauport; Marie-Therse married Nicolas Juchereau and had twelve children; Louise died in 1656 without being married; and Joseph married Marie-Therese Nau.|
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