Jean-Baptiste Poitiers du Buisson

Jean-Baptiste Poitiers du Buisson, (Dubuisson). Organist, merchant, b diocese of Amiens, France, ca 1645, d Montreal 27 Mar 1727. He lived 1670-98 in New England before settling in Montreal, where he was active mainly in commerce.

Poitiers du Buisson, Jean-Baptiste

Jean-Baptiste Poitiers du Buisson, (Dubuisson). Organist, merchant, b diocese of Amiens, France, ca 1645, d Montreal 27 Mar 1727. He lived 1670-98 in New England before settling in Montreal, where he was active mainly in commerce. According to the records he appears to have been the first regular organist of Notre-Dame Church, from 1705 to at least 1718. In the beginning he received no salary and that undoubtedly is why in 1705 and 1707 the churchwarden-treasurer remitted the amount for his pew (10 francs). In 1713 'M. Dubuisson, organist, was given a stipend of 100 francs per annum.' He received occasional gratuities: 100 francs in 1715 and the same sum again in 1718 'for having played the organ for several years.' His successor ca 1721-34, Charles-François Coron, is not mentioned until 1723 at which time 'Sr Coron, organist, was paid for 20 months of playing the organ... 83 francs 15 sols in silver or 50 francs in merchandise.'


Further Reading

  • 'Souvenirs artistiques de Notre-Dame de Montréal,' Canada musical, 1 Dec 1880

    Lapalice, Ovide-M. 'Les organistes et maîtres de musique à Notre-Dame de Montréal,' BRH, vol 25, Aug 1919