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).
Admiral Richard Edwards, RN, painted by Nathaniel Dance, 1780

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

Edwards, a member of the Royal Navy, was appointed governor of Newfoundland for his first term in 1757. His main concern was defense of the colony as Britain and France were at war. Edwards was re-appointed governor for a second term in 1779 and was again concerned with the colony's defenses – only this time against American privateers. Edwards ordered the construction of Fort Townshend (see Lord Townshend) and the Quidi Vidi batteries including those at Petty Harbour.

Service history:

  • 1740 made a lieutenant
  • 1753 made captain
  • 1757 commander-in-chief and governor of Newfoundland (first term)
  • 1779 commander-in-chief and governor of Newfoundland (first term)
  • 1780 formed the Newfoundland Volunteers under the command of Robert Pringle
  • 1787 promoted vice-admiral
  • 1794 promoted admiral

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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