Francis Pickmore

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Francis Pickmore
Chester, Cheshire, England
Died24 February 1818
St. John's, Newfoundland
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
RankVice Admiral

Vice Admiral Francis Pickmore (c. 1756–24 February 1818); naval officer and colonial governor.

Naval career[edit]

Pickmore spent his early naval career in Newfoundland as a lieutenant in 1777 and in August 1812[1] he reached the rank of vice-admiral. He was appointed governor of Newfoundland in 1816.[2] Pickmore's term was marked by strife and severe economic depression that had hit the island following the Napoleonic wars and influx of Irish immigrants. Pickmore is noted as the first governor of Newfoundland to stay the winter. He died in St. John's and Captain John Bowker, a senior officer under Pickmore's command and commander of Pickmore's flagship Sir Francis Drake, acted as governor until Governor Sir Charles Hamilton arrived.[2]


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  2. ^ a b "Francis Pickmore". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Richard Goodwin Keats
Commodore Governor of Newfoundland
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Hamilton