Louis-Philippe de Rigaud de Vaudreuil

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Louis-Philippe de Rigaud, comte de Vaudreuil (1691, Quebec City – 1763, Rochefort, Charente-Maritime) was a French naval officer.

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Vaudreuil at the Battle of Cap Finisterre

He served in Canada where his father, the marquis Philippe de Vaudreuil, was governor from 1703 to 1725, and came back to France only after the death of his father in (1725). Promoted captain of his ship in 1738, he participated with valour, and became commandant of the Intrépide, at the Second Battle of Cape Finisterre (1747) against the British on October 25, 1747, north of Cape Finisterre. He was so brilliant that Louis XV, to perpetuate the memory of his courage, had a tablet made representing the Intrépide battling the English fleet, and donated it to Vaudreuil. A copy of it is at the Versailles museum. Vaudreuil was promoted chef d'escadre and in (1753), lieutenant general. He died in 1763.

Marriage and children[edit]

He married on 22 December 1723 with Élisabeth-Catherine Le Moyne, daughter of Joseph Le Moyne de Sérigny. They had

  • Louis-Philippe de Rigaud de Vaudreuil (1724-1802), second in command of the French Navy during the American Revolutionary War.
  • Louise Élisabeth Charlotte de Rigaud de Vaudreuil (1725-1806)
  • Jean-Louis de Rigaud de Vaudreuil (1728-1810), fought also in the American Revolutionary War.

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