• Voices from the Gathering PlaceSault Ste. Marie: 1622 - 1870

Die Stromschnellen von St Marie (The Rapids Of St Mary), Frank Buchser, 1868

By kind permission of the Kunsthaus Art Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

This website was created by teacher Peter White for the Algoma District School Board


If a person had the word "Sieur" in front of their name, it simply meant "sir."


People would say it as a sign of respect. For example, students often call their teachers "sir" today.


The word is also pretty close to "monsieur" which means "gentleman."


At this time in France "sieur" was used for people who had higher status than everyday people who owned land called a "lordship."


The"Sieur" in this story was named Simon Francis Daumont, the Sieur de Saint-Lusson.


He was a military officer which was another designation that meant he was considered to be more important than your average person.


This meant he was often given important jobs to do like going to Sault Ste. Marie to claim North America in the name of the king of France!


Do we still put words before or after a person's name to show respect or to show that they are important? Why or why not?