Friday, June 23, 2017

Quebec Trip #17: Duke of Kent's Claim to Fame and his Home

Rob and Tom walking to the Kent House
In this 16th blog about Old Quebec City and our May 2017 visit, you'll learn about a famous residence called the Duke of Kent House (Not the Clark Kent house, as Rob would have hoped). 

WHERE IS THE DUKE OF KENT HOUSE?  It is located on the corner of Rue Saint-Louis and Haldimand streets in the Upper Town. It's near the Ch√Ęteau Frontenac.

Nick, Mike and Tom outside the Kent House
Originally it was the site of the home of Louis d'Ailleboust de Coulonge, 4th Governor of New France from 1648 to 1651 and his wife. It was later a hotel, and then a residence again.

DUKE OF KENT'S ARRIVAL - On the formation of Lower Canada, in August, 1791, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn in the U.K. arrived in Quebec City and leased Judge Mabane's house. He lived there for 3  years with his mistress, Madame de Saint Laurent, before he was transferred to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1794.

Duke of Kent by Sir William Beechey 1818
WHAT IS THE DUKE OF KENT FAMOUS FOR? Prince Edward was the fourth son and fifth child of George III, King of the United Kingdom and the father of Queen Victoria! 

FUN FACT - On June 27, 1792, Edward is credited with the first use of the term "Canadian" to mean both French and English settlers in Upper and Lower Canada. The Prince used the term in an effort to quell a riot between the two groups at a polling station in Charlesbourg, Lower Canada. He's also known as the "Father of the Canadian Crown" for his impact on the development of Canada.
A sign we liked with a dog in sunglasses

Though altered and transformed since its original construction, the most part of its foundations and of the first floor walls date back to the vicinity of 1650, making it one of the oldest houses, if not the oldest house in Quebec City. In 1759, the Articles of Capitulation of Quebec were signed within the house. The present edifice has remained largely unchanged since 1819. It presently serves as the French Consulate.  

If you want the full and very, very, very long history of who lived in the house go to:,_Quebec


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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I'm a simple guy who enjoys the simple things in life, especially our dogs. I volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy exercising, blogging, politics, helping friends and neighbors, participating in ghost investigations, coffee, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country music,writing books on ghosts and spirits, cooking simply and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.