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Biography of Colonel de Salaberry

Lieutenant Colonel Charles-Michel d'Irumberry de Salaberry (November 19, 1778 - February 27, 1829) was a French-Canadian nobleman who served as an officer of the British army in Lower Canada (now Quebec) and won distinction for repelling the American advance on Montreal during the War of 1812.

Early years

Born at the manor house of Beauport (east of Quebec City) in Lower Canada on November 19, 1778, Charles-Michel d'Irumberry de Salaberry was one of four sons in a family with a long tradition of military service.
 
Generations of the family had served as officers of the royal army in France and then in the New World. When the English acquired New France in 1763, the family continued its military traditions in British service.
 
Charles-Michel's father, Ignace de Salaberry, was Seigneur de Chambly and de Beaulac, as well as a British officer who had fought in the defence of Quebec during the American Revolutionary war and had served as a member of the legislative council of Lower Canada for 30 years.