1.88-1 | Jean-Mandé Sigogne
October 31st 1801, 19th century
17 x 21 cm
This artefact belongs to: © Centre d'études acadiennes
Keys to History
After the Deportation, Abbot Jean-Mandé Sigogne (1763-1844), a Catholic priest and justice of the peace, made a significant contribution to the new Acadie developing in southwestern Nova Scotia.
Born in France on April 6, 1763, Sigogne was ordained a priest in the diocese of Tours in 1787 and was the vicar there until 1791. After the French Revolution, he refused to accept the Civil Constitution of the Clergy and fled to England. In 1799 he became priest of St. Mary's parish in the district of Clare, NS.
In addition to carrying out his duties as a priest, he was also a justice of the peace between 1806 and 1841. Many letters attest to the fact that Jean-Mandé Sigogne supported a number of political and legal demands made by the Acadians.
In this letter written in 1801, Jean-Mandé Sigogne reminds the Acadians of his desire to serve them.
Jean-Mandé Sigogne, a French missionary, worked among the Acadians of southwestern Nova Scotia from 1799 until his death in 1844.
In 1999 the Société historique acadienne of la baie Sainte-Marie, in southwestern Nova Scotia, organized celebrations called Sigogne 200 to mark the bicentenary of the arrival of missionary Jean-Mandé Sigogne.
This letter of 1801 is addressed to the faithful of St. Mary's Roman Catholic parish.