Bigot Francois

Born at Bordeaux, Jan. 30, 1703; son of Louis-Amable

Bigot. Through his influence at court, obtained several lucrative

offices in New France, which he turned to his own personal advantage.

Arrived at Louisbourg in 1739. After the capture of Louisbourg in 1745,

returned to France, where serious charges of misappropriating public

funds had been brought against him, but his influence at court was still

powerful enough to
xtricate him from this scrape, and to secure him the

office of intendant of New France, 1748. Sailed for Quebec and arrived

the same year. There elaborated a system of peculation, by which every

branch of the public service was laid under tribute to enrich himself

and his creatures, helping thereby to bring about the final loss of the

colony. Returned to France after the conquest of Canada; thrown into the

Bastille, and released only to be banished from France. =Index=: (Wolfe / Montcalm era)

Intendant, appearance and character, 32; made profit of famine, 53;

gambling habits, 54; reprimanded by minister, 88; hostility to

Bougainville, 88; makes his headquarters at Beauport, 88; letter to

Bougainville, 165. (Sir Frederick Haldimand era) Disliked, 52. =Bib.=: Roy, Intendants de la

Nouvelle-France (R. S. C., 1903); Parkman, Montcalm and Wolfe.