MAUGUE, CLAUDE, notary, clerk of court, deputy to the attorney-general; b. c. 1646 in the parish of Saint-Amand, diocese of Clermont-Ferrand (Auvergne), son of Antoine Maugue, merchant, and of Françoise Rigaud; d. 9 Nov. 1696 at Montreal.
The first mention of Maugue in Canada is his signature on a certificate that he witnessed on 17 April 1673 at Beauport: “sieur Claude Maugue schoolmaster to the children of the said little town of Fargy.” On the following 9 December Governor Buade de Frontenac appointed him notary of the seigneury of Lauson. In this capacity Mangue drew up 19 acts, particularly grants of land.
He was summoned to Montreal in 1677, and succeeded Bénigne Basset in the office of court clerk of the jurisdiction; he held this post for seven years, while continuing to function as a notary. In 19 years he signed some 3,000 acts, which have come down to us in a perfect state of preservation.
While serving as deputy to the attorney-general of Montreal in 1692, Maugue died in his fifties after a brief illness. He was buried at Montreal on 10 Nov. 1696.
On 24 Oct.1679, at Montreal, he had married Louise Jousset, who was married again in 1698, to Jean de La Sague.
AJM, Greffe de Claude Maugue, 1677–96. AJQ, Greffe de Claude Maugue, 16 mai 1674–20 juin 1679. É.-Z. Massicotte, “Les tribunaux et les officiers de justice sous le régime français,” BRH, XXXVII (1931), 127. J.-É. Roy, Histoire du notariat, I. Tanguay, Dictionnaire, I, 422.
Revisions based on:
Bibliothèque et Arch. Nationales du Québec, Centre d’arch. de Montréal, CE601-S51, 24 oct. 1679, 10 nov. 1696; Centre d’arch. de Québec, CN301-S266, 17 avril 1673.