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Madeleine de Roybon d'Allonne c. 1646-1718

Madeleine de Roybon d'Allonne c. 1646-1718

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted December, 2010

Madeleine de Roybon d'Allonne c. 1646-1718

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

Plaque Location

The County of Lennox & Addington
The Township of Loyalist
On the south side of Highway 33 in a picnic area
across from Bayview Drive 1.7 km west of Road 6

Coordinates: N 44 12.970 W 76 41.174


Plaque Text

Of noble French birth, de Roybon was the first European woman to own land in what is now Ontario. She came to Fort Frontenac (Kingston), probably in 1679, where she acquired property from René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle, governor and seigneury of the fort. In 1681 she loaned him money to finance his explorations and about this time he granted her a seigneury extending westward from Toneguignon (Collin's Bay). On this land she built a house, outbuildings and a trading post, grew crops and raised cattle. Marauding Iroquois, angry at the French for their campaign against the Senecas in 1686 destroyed the Roybon's establishment in August 1687, and took her prisoner. Released the following year, she lived in Montreal until her death.

Related Ontario plaque
René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle at Cataracoui



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> Posted November 27, 2011
If anyone needs help on finding information on her, and they are able to purchase a book/eBook, then you might want to look for the book "White Heart" by Dr. Julie B. Caton. It's based on the life of Madeleine de Roybon D'Allonne. Keep in mind it's only BASED on the life of Madeleine D'Allonne, because it talks about her falling in love with La Salle, and how she "escaped" France. I wouldn't want to spoil the book for you, but I'd give it 4 stars out of 5. It's an amazing début novel by Dr. Caton. Hope you like it, if you can get your hands on the book. It's not available in many public libraries.

> Posted November 24, 2011
Hey, can anybody tell me some more about the seigeury she owned? How about her supposed "relationship" with Robert La Salle? Please help, I'm doing a history project on her.

> Posted October 20, 2011
This girl has almost nothing written about her but I needed to find an accomplishment of her's I believe this will work! Thanks

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