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The Church of Saint Maurice, Montreal la Cluse, in Picardy, France is known as the Douglas Chapel.

It was Charles Joseph, born Viscount Douglas, who bought the county of Montreal in 1757, bringing it to the Douglas family. The stained glass coats of arms in a window in the church summarize the history of Montreal from its creation to the revolution. In the centre is King St. Louis, at his feet, the cry of the Crusaders' Mont joy - St Denis "and" el Diex volt "God willing.

The Douglas crest caption is 1755-1789.

There is a family memorial in the church, and reputedly family gravestones outside, though it is difficult to see where these are in the photographs.

Translated from local websites:

The chapel DOUGLAS dated early seventeenth century. Above a side door, engraved in a lintel, reads the year 1619 and are distinguished the arms
of DOUGLAS, "the heart Gules, crowned with gold, the chief charged with three silver stars"

A gravestone stands out:
Here lies:
Louis Archambault (1) Earl DOUGLAS, Knight of the Legion of Honour and the Order of St Maurice and St Lazarus of Piedmont
Born in MONTREAL (CANADA) March 16 MDCCLVIII         MONTREAL Bugey death in February 24 MDCCCXLII
He was a member of the General Council of the Empire, a member of the Chamber of Deputies MDCCCXV.
The straightness of his mind, the goodness of his heart, the loyalty of his character and grace of manner merited him the affection and respect of
all who knew him. DE PROFUNDIS.
TThe DELILIA (2) citizen OF CROZE denounced the lord MONTREAL, because it had set in LYON, and claimed from the kings of Scotland.
April 2, 1793, they arrested DOUGLAS and is incarcerated at Bourg en Bresse.
It was promised to the guillotine.
But two days before the date set for the execution, farmers MONTREAL presented themselves delegation to the revolutionary court to demand his
release.
We brought him triumphantly MONTREAL.
In 1812, Napoleon appointed the Earl of DOUGLAS MEMBER of the General Council.
Then it became: SAINT LOUIS Knight in 1816, Knight of the LYS in 1819 and a Knight of the Legion of Honor.
He died in 1842.

The chapel DOUGLAS dated early seventeenth century. Above a side door, engraved in a lintel, reads the year 1619 and are distinguished the arms
oof DOUGLAS, "the heart Gules, crowned with gold, the chief charged with three silver stars"

Decree on Civil Constitution of the Clergy in 1790, causing a deep split in Church of France. The Montreal priest, Claude-Humbert Mermet, is one of the most eager to take the oath, and to explain to the parish Mass on January 23, 1791, in the presence of the Municipality.

Notes:
1.  Louis's father was Francois Prosper, who came into money through his wife, but passed it to his brother, Charles Joseph. 
2.  The Delilia's were Louis Archambault's mother's family.

See also:
  • The Douglas Family in France
  • Montreal Chateau
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