Honoré Beaugrand

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Honoré Beaugrand
18th Mayor of Montreal
In office
Preceded byJean-Louis Beaudry
Succeeded byJohn Abbott
Personal details
Born24 March 1848
Saint-Joseph-de-Lanoraie, Canada East
Died7 October 1906(1906-10-07) (aged 58)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
ProfessionAuthor, journalist, publisher, soldier

Honoré Beaugrand (24 March 1848 – 7 October 1906)[1][2] was a French Canadian journalist, politician, author and folklorist, born in Berthier County, Quebec.[3]

As a young graduate from military school Beaugrand joined the French military forces under General Bazaine in Mexico, supporting the ill-fated emperor Maximilian of Mexico. He returned with those troops to France after the fall of Chapultepec and Maximilian's execution. After some months he moved to New Orleans in 1868 and became a journalist. Subsequently, he wrote for U.S. newspapers in St. Louis, Boston, Chicago, and Lowell and Fall River, Massachusetts.

In 1878, he returned to Canada and founded the newspaper La Patrie in Montreal to take the place of Le National which had recently folded. It ceased publication in 1957, after 78 years. In August 1879 he acquired Le Canard from publisher and satirist Hector Berthelot. He made a name as a political writer and reporter, and in 1885 received the cross of the French Légion d'honneur.

He became a freemason in 1873 and took part in the foundation of Montreal Émancipation lodge in 1897.

He was elected mayor of Montreal in 1885. Today, a street in Montreal and the Honoré-Beaugrand station on the green line of the Montreal metro are named in his honour. He is most famous in Quebec for writing down the legend of the "Chasse-galerie", published in 1891 in La chasse galerie: légendes canadiennes, which also included "Le loup-garou," "La bête à grand'queue," "Macloune," and "Le père Louison." He also published English-language version of "Le loup-garou" ("The Werwolves") in a 1898 edition of The Century, under the name Henry Beaugrand.[4][5]


  • Anita
  • Jeanne la fileuse
  • Contes Canadiens
  • La Chasse-galerie et autres récits



  1. ^ "Biography – BEAUGRAND, HONORÉ (baptized Marie-Louis-Honoré) – Volume XIII (1901-1910) – Dictionary of Canadian Biography". www.biographi.ca. Retrieved 11 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Beaugrand, Honoré (P675) - DIGITIZED DOCUMENTS | Fonds | Musée McCord Museum". collections.musee-mccord.qc.ca. Retrieved 11 December 2021.
  3. ^ Francois Ricard. "Beaugrand, Honoré". Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Retrieved 7 October 2021.
  4. ^ Scott, Shannon (1 May 2015). "Female werewolf as monstrous other in Honoré Beaugrand's 'The Werewolves': A cultural history of female werewolves". In Priest, Hannah (ed.). She-wolf: A cultural history of female werewolves. Manchester University Press. pp. 96–110. doi:10.7228/manchester/9780719089343.003.0006. ISBN 978-0-7190-8934-3. S2CID 192215730.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  5. ^ Gallant, Soraya (4 April 2018). "Honoré Beaugrand publishes "The Werwolves"". editions.covecollective.org. Retrieved 2 January 2023.

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