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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (C)
Colbert, Jean Baptiste

(1619-1683) - One of the greatest French statesmen who ran almost every department of the government for Louis XIV. For 25 years Colbert reconstructed the french economy and its tax system, rejuvenated the navy, promoted the arts, beautified the architecture of the country, founded royal societies and schools and encouraged the settlement of New France. He claimed to have been a descendant of Richard Colbert, a native of Inverness and left this inscription on his ancestor’s tomb: In Scotland I had my cradle, and Rheims has given me my tomb.

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