Richard Edwards (c. 1715–1795)

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Not to be confused with the earlier Royal Navy officer and Newfoundland Governor Richard Edwards (died 1773).
Richard Edwards
Richard Edwards Royal Navy Admiral by Nathaniel Dance 1780.jpg
Admiral Richard Edwards, RN, painted by Nathaniel Dance, 1780
Born c.1715
Died 3 February 1795
Fordwich, Kent
Allegiance  Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Admiral
Commands held Nore Command

Admiral Richard Edwards (c. 1715 – 3 February 1795) naval officer and colonial governor of Newfoundland.

Naval career[edit]

Edwards was promoted to lieutenant in 1740 and to captain in 1753.[1] He was appointed governor of Newfoundland for his first term in 1757.[1] His main concern was defence of the colony as Britain and France were at war.[1] Edwards was re-appointed governor for a second term in 1779 and was again concerned with the colony's defences – only this time against American privateers.[1] In 1780 he formed the Newfoundland Volunteers under the command of Robert Pringle.[1] Edwards ordered the construction of Fort Townshend (see Lord Townshend) and the Quidi Vidi batteries including those at Petty Harbour.[1] Promoted vice-admiral in 1787, he became in Commander-in-Chief, The Nore in 1788.[1] He was promoted to Admiral of the Blue in 1794.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Richard Edwards". Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Dorrill
Governor of Newfoundland
First term 1757–1759
Succeeded by
James Webb
Preceded by
John Montagu
Governor of Newfoundland
Second term 1779–1781
Succeeded by
John Campbell
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Andrew Hamond
Commander-in-Chief, The Nore
1788–1792
Succeeded by
William Locker