Stars and their Quebec ancestors: The new reigning consort is a Dion D’Amérique

Each month, Le Journal invites you to trace the family history of several personalities who have roots in our country. A sociologist by training and passionate about genealogy for forty years, Jacques Noël is the author of the essay, La diaspora québécoise. This impressive diaspora, which shines at the top of the arts, sports and politics, is completely ignored by Quebecers.

Historic moment in Westminster. Two hundred and sixty-three years almost to the day after the humiliating defeat on the Plains of Abraham, a Dion from America has just acceded to the throne of the British Windsors. Montcalm, finally avenged!

Camilla Shand, alias Camilla Parker-Bowles, new reign wife of the United Kingdom, Canada and 13 other colonies, descendant of Jean Guyon – first Dion of America –, of 5 generations in fact of Dion in New France.

No more comments before Could a cousin of Adhémar find herself on the most prestigious throne of the conquerors of the planet?

Camilla Shand is in London on July 17, 1947. She is in the retraining of Rosalind Cubbitt (1921-1994) and Major Bruce Shand (1917-2006) in the wine trade.

William Coutts Keppel (1832-1894), 7th Earl of Albemarle, great-grandfather of Rosalind, married Sophia Mary MacNab (1832-1917), in Hamilton in 1855.

What was the 7th Earl of Albemarle doing on the shores of Lake Ontario in the mid-19th? Keppel was Superintendent of Indian Affairs.

Sophia Mary was the daughter of Allen Napier Macnab (1798-1862), Prime Minister of Upper Canada from 1854 to 1856.

of Quebec origin

Marie-Charlotte Coursol, born in Verchères in 1756, Quebec ancestor by Camilla Shand.

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Marie-Charlotte Coursol, born in Verchères in 1756, Quebec ancestor by Camilla Shand.

Sophia’s great-grandmother, Marie-Charlotte Coursol (1756-1805), was a daughter of Verchères, hence Camilla’s Quebec blue blood. Marie-Charlotte married Ephraim Jones (1750-1812), a Loyalist, born in Massachusetts. To remain loyal to his king, Ephraim had emigrated to Canada after the American Revolution. Justice of the peace in Montreal, he married the daughter of Verchères in 1779.

Marie-Charlotte was the daughter of Michel Coursol (1707-1773), who arrived in New France around 1730, and of Marie-Josephe Guyon (1715-1807), born in Grondines, great-great-granddaughter of Jean Guyon ( 1592-1663).

Tombstone of Marie-Charlotte Coursol, from 1805 in Brookville, Ontario.

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Tombstone of Marie-Charlotte Coursol, from 1805 in Brookville, Ontario.

Alice Frederica Edmonstone (1869-1947), Camilla’s great-grandmother, was quite the firecracker. One of the most beautiful women of her time, it was said. In 1891 it was started by George Keppel. In 1898, the beautiful Alice became the mistress of the Prince of Wales, who would become King Edward VII on Victoria’s death in 1901 (Alice and Edward had an extra-marital affair until the king’s death in 1910).

the meeting

The story goes that when Camilla first met Charles, he said to her, “My new-grandmother was in love with your great-grandfather…”

Sonia Keppel was born on May 24, 1900 in London. Who is the biological father? The husband or the lover? Georgia or Eddy? No DNA testing yet in Victorian times. More like George Keppel will recognize being the father of the little one, he will give her his name. And the Dions find themselves on the royal throne.


I. SHAND Bruce Middleton Hope (1917-2006)

CUBITT Rosalinde Maud (1921-1994)

Married 2 January 1946, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

II. CUBITT Roland Calvert (1899-1962)

KEPPEL Sonia Rosemary (1900-1986)

M. 16 November 1920, Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, England

III. Georges KEPPEL (1865-1947)

EDMONSTONE Alice Frederica (1868-1947)

m. 1 June 1891, St. George, London

IV. KEPPEL William Coutts (1832-1894)

MACNAB Sophia Marie (1832-1917)

m. 15 November 1855, Hamilton, Ontario

v. MACNAB Allen Napier (1798-1862)

STUART Mary (1812-1846)

M. born September 29, 1831 in Hamilton (Ontario)

SEEN. John STUART (1777-1829)

SOPHIE JONES (1785-1837)

m. 21 January 1803, Kingston, Ontario

VII. JONES, Ephraim (1750-1812)

COURSOL, Marie-Charlotte (1756-1805)

Mr. 25? March 1779, Anglican Church of Montreal

VIII. COURSOL, Michel (1707-1775)

GUYON, Marie-Josephe (1715-1807)

M. May 25, 1739, Verchères

IX. GUYON called LEMOINE, Joseph (1682-1754)

Guillet, Elizabeth (1694-1783)

m. March 3, 1710, Baptista

X. Guyon, Joseph (1649-1712)

CLOUTIER, Genevieve (1655-1725)

M. January 29, 1674, Château-Richer

XI. Guyon, John (1619-1694)

COUILLARD, Elizabeth (1632-1704)

M. November 27, 1645, Quebec

XII. Guyon, John (1592-1663)

ROBIN, Mathurine (1592-1662)

June 2, 1615, Saint-Jean de Mortagne, Perche, France

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