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Geneviève on the cover of The Death of My Country

All of the characters that appear in The Death of My Country by Maxine Trottier. Many of these characters also appear in the short story "These Three Gifts."

Main characters[]

Geneviève Aubuchon[]

Main article: Geneviève Aubuchon

Geneviève Aubuchon (born Miguen; c. 1747[1] – April 14, 1808)[2] was the younger sister of Chegual. She and her brother were Abenaki, but were left orphaned when their tribe was attacked. They were adopted by Claire Pastorel and her husband Jacques whom later passed away. Geneviève adapted quickly to her new life, unlike Chegual who ran away after a few years. In 1759, Chegual returned to Québec to protect her as an attack by the British was impending. After the death of her friend Étienne L'Aubépine at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, Geneviève began to harbor hate in her heart. Her attitude gradually began to change after befriending the Scotsman Andrew Doig.

Supporting characters[]

Andrew Doig[]

Lieutenant Andrew Guillaume Gordon Doig[3] (c. 1740[4] – April 14, 1808),[2] also called Une Main, was a Scotsman with French ancestry. After his father's death at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, he was taken to his grandfather in France. As an adult, he joined the Scottish regiment of the British Army. During the Seven Years' War in 1759, he had his hand amputated. He was nursed by Geneviève Aubuchon initially as penance. They became friends after he was billeted at her house. In 1763, Andrew returned to France to settle his grandfather's accounts. He married Geneviève upon his return two years later. They had six children together. In 1808, they passed away within hours of each other while vacationing in Scotland.

Madame Babin and Madeleine[]

Madame Babin, usually called Cook, and Madeleine were employees of Claire Pastorel. Madeleine was the twin sister of Brigette. The twins looked exactly alike being short with "small hands and feet," though their laughs were different. Brigitte worked alongside Madeleine until her engagement to Pierre DesRoches. She wrote to Madeleine while the British laid siege to Québec. Cook was known for never gaining weight despite consuming a lot of her "excellent food." She sometimes went against what Claire said, though they remained fond of each other. Cook later saved the dog, La Bave, from being eaten. Some years after the war, Cook and Madeleine helped Claire plan Geneviève's wedding.


Chegual (born c. 1743)[5] was Geneviève's older brother. Following the deaths of their Abenaki parents, he and his sister were adopted by Claire Pastorel and her late husband Jacques. He was given the name Joseph, which he detested. Chegual eventually ran away with his best friend Étienne L'Aubépine to join the Abenaki. In 1759, he returned to Québec due to the ongoing war with the British. He tried several times to convince Geneviève to leave with him, but she chose to stay home. His leg was injured badly in battle. Geneviève successfully nursed him back to health. In later life, Chegual left behind his life as a warrior and instead became a voyageur for a merchant. He never married.

Claire Pastorel[]

Claire Pastorel (born c. 1729)[6] was the widow of Jacques Aubuchon. She and her husband adopted two Abenaki orphans, Chegual and Geneviève. Chegual ran away sometime after her husband's death. Claire continued to raise Geneviève and later had her educated at the Ursuline school. She was especially good friends with the nun, Esther Wheelwright, having known her since she studied with the Ursulines herself. Throughout 1759, Claire insisted on staying in Québec, despite the constant threat of British invasion. After Andrew Doig was billeted at her home, she became acquainted with his cousin Jonathan Stewart. They were married once his regiment was disbanded.

Mère Esther[]

Mère Esther Wheelwright[7] was an Ursuline nun. As a child, she was taken by the Abenaki in a raid. Père Bigot later ransomed Esther and brought her to the Ursuline monastery in Québec, where she became the ward of Gouverneur Vaudreuil. At fifteen, she refused to return to her family in New England as she already felt called to serve God in Canada. Esther subsequently became an Ursuline nun. Later on, she became close friends with Claire and acted as a mentor to Claire's adoptive daughter, Geneviève. Mère Esther also served as a nurse at Hôtel-Dieu after the convent evacuated there during the bombing. She was later elected Mother Superior of the Ursulines in December 1760.

Étienne L'Aubépine[]

Étienne L'Aubépine (c. 1743[8] – October 11, 1759),[9] also known as Jigenaz, was the fun-loving best friend of Chegual. Being an orphan, he accompanied Chegual to join the Abenaki whom adopted him and gave him the name Jigenaz. His adoptive name and his French last name mean "hawthorn." Étienne and Chegual both became warriors. In 1759, Étienne came with Chegual to Québec. His actions and words hinted at him having romantic feelings for Geneviève. He also had a dislike for the British and seemed eager to fight. Étienne ultimately died in battle, which greatly effected Geneviève. She later named her first child after Étienne, and also gave the name to her four other sons as their middle name.

Minor characters[]

  • Mère Angélique and Mère Marie-Charlotte, two nuns living at the Ursuline convent.
  • M. Arnoux, an apothecary whom treated Général Montcalm on his deathbed.
  • Père Bigot, a priest whom ransomed Mère Esther from the Abenaki. He brought her to live with the Ursulines.
  • Brigette DesRoches was the twin sister of Madeleine. She worked as a housemaid for Claire until her engagement to Pierre DesRoches. Brigette moved to her fiancé's farm in May 1759 before the British arrived. She later sent a letter to her sister to inform her that she had wed her fiancé.
  • Mère Charlotte and Mère Jeryan (died July 14, 1759)[10] were two Ursuline nuns. They died after being brought to Hôtel-Dieu on the night of the first bombing.
  • François Bigot[7] was the Intendant of New France. After the British took over, they raided his storehouses and discovered that he had been hoarding supplies.
  • M. Garneau was a wealthy merchant in Québec. He had a romantic interest in Mme Claire, though she only treated him as a "pleasant acquaintance."
  • Jacques Aubuchon was the late husband of Claire. Prior to his death, he worked as a surgeon apothecary. He and his wife adopted Geneviève and Chegual.
  • General James Murray was a British officer previously under James Wolfe. Following Wolfe's death, Murray became the commander of the British forces.
  • Major General James Wolfe[7] (died September 1759)[11] was an officer who led the British to victory against the French. After his death, he was replaced by James Murray.
  • Lieutenant John Knox, a British officer whom kept an account of the war.
  • Lieutenant Jonathan Alexander Stewart was a cousin of Andrew Doig. He was also a member of Andrew's regiment. Jonathan married Mme Claire sometime after his regiment disbanded.
  • Mme Joule, a patient at Hôtel-Dieu whom M. Laparre bled.
  • La Bave was a large dog from Newfoundland. She was hired by Étienne on several occasions to pull carts for various tasks. After her owner died, a man was going to eat La Bave. Geneviève and Cook saved from him and she began living with them. Wigwedi begrudgingly accepted her presence.
  • M. Laparre was a surgeon at Hôtel-Dieu, who often requested Geneviève's help as an assistant. She disliked him, calling his eyes "cold." He also insulted her once by calling her a "indienne."
  • M. Lavaseur and M. Raymond were the pilot and physician on Capitaine Guyot's ship.
  • M. LeBlanc, a merchant in Québec. He was once a captain of a ship and lost an eye in war. In 1759, he informed Geneviève about the ship, the Chézine.
  • Louis XV, the King of France.
  • Louis-Antoine de Bougainville was the aide de camp of Général Montcalm.
  • Louis Benoit and March Dubois were two young officers working under Capitaine Guyot.
  • Mère Marie de la Nativité, the Mother Superior of the Ursulines.
  • Bonhomme Michel, a servant of the Ursuline nuns.
  • Général Montcalm (died September 14, 1759)[12] was the commander of the French forces in New France. He was wounded in battle and died from his injuries.
  • Sieur Nicholas-Pierre Duclos-Guyot (born c. 1714)[13] was the French captain of Chézine. He was an old friend of Jacques Aubuchon. In 1759, he attended a dinner party hosted by Jacques' widow, Claire. He later invited Claire and Geneviève for dinner on his ship.
  • Pierre de Rigaud de Cavagnial de Vaudreuil,[7] or Gouverneur Vaudreuil, was the governor of New France during 1759 when the British invaded. Mère Esther was his ward when she was first brought to the Ursuline monastery.
  • Pierre DesRoches was the fiancé and later husband of Brigitte. He owned a farm up towards Montréal.
  • Pitou, a gray parrot on Capitaine Guyot's ship. He was brought out after dinner with Claire and Geneviève, to whom he started to sing a rude song to. Pitou was then hastily put away.
  • Capitaine Renaud was Claire's cousin whom had been a privateer before his untimely drowning. His estate was left to Claire, including his house in Québec. She kept all of his possessions, including his telescopes and ship logs.
  • Doctor Russell was a British doctor who worked at Hôtel-Dieu after the battle was over.
  • Père Segard, a priest at the Ursuline monastery. After Geneviève made her confession to him, he assigned her penance to be nursing Andrew back to health. He later had it arranged for Andrew to be billeted at her home.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Simon Fraser, the commanding officer of the 78th Regiment of Foot.
  • Mme Volant, a neighbor of Geneviève whom gave her advice on raising rabbits.
  • Wigwedi was a three-legged rabbit saved by Chegual. She lost her leg from a lynx but fought valiantly, leading Chegual to name her "Wigwedi" ("lynx"). He gave her as a pet to Geneviève, whom became very found of her. Wigwedi and La Bave lived long and contented lives with Geneviève.

Epilogue characters[]

  • David, John, Guillaume, and Seamus Doig, all of whom shared the middle name Étienne, were the four younger sons of Geneviève and Andrew.
  • Étienne Doig (born 1767)[2] was the first child and eldest son of Geneviève and Andrew. In 1807, his father left him the family business.
  • Jeanette Doig (born winter 1785)[2] was the last child and only daughter of Geneviève and Andrew. She was named after Andrew's mother. Chegual gave her the Abenaki name "Mategwas," meaning rabbit.
  • Willie Doig was a relative of the Doigs living in Scotland. When Geneviève and Andrew passed away, he wrote to their children in Canada about the sad news.


See also[]

Dear Canada characters
Main characters

Hélène St. Onge | Sophie Loveridge | Angélique Richard | Geneviève Aubuchon | Mary MacDonald
Susanna Merritt | Isobel Scott | Arabella Stevenson | Johanna Leary | Jenna Sinclair | Harriet Palmer
Julia May Jackson | Rosie Dunn | Kathleen "Kate" Cameron | Josephine Bouvier | Flora Rutherford
Tryphena "Triffie" Winsor | Victoria Cope | Abby Roberts | Dorothy Wilton | Anya Soloniuk | Eliza Bates
Charlotte Blackburn | Fiona Macgregor | Chin Mei-ling | Ivy Weatherall | Sally Cohen | Noreen Robertson
Charlotte Twiss | Mary Kobayashi | Devorah Bernstein | Rose Rabinowitz | Violet Pesheens

Supporting characters

Marianna Wilson | Jane Browning

Lists of characters by book

Alone in an Untamed Land | Winter of Peril | Banished from Our Home | The Death of My Country
With Nothing But Our Courage | Whispers of War | Footsteps in the Snow | A Rebel's Daughter
A Sea of Sorrows | Where the River Takes Me | A Trail of Broken Dreams | A Desperate Road to Freedom
A Country of Our Own | A Ribbon of Shining Steel | Blood Upon Our Land | Days of Toil and Tears
Flame and Ashes | Orphan at My Door | All Fall Down | That Fatal Night | Prisoners in the Promised Land
Brothers Far from Home | No Safe Harbour | If I Die Before I Wake | An Ocean Apart
A Prairie as Wide as the Sea | Not a Nickel to Spare | To Stand On My Own | Exiles from the War
Turned Away | Torn Apart | Pieces of the Past | These Are My Words