Hugh Bonfoy

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Hugh Bonfoy
Bornc. 1720
Died12 March 1762 (aged 41–42)
Allegiance Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch Royal Navy
Commands heldHMS Augusta
HMS Berwick

Hugh Bonfoy (c. 1720 – 12 March 1762) was a naval officer and colonial governor of Newfoundland.

Naval career[edit]

Bonfoy entered the Royal Navy in 1739 and was promoted to lieutenant in 1744 and to captain in 1745. He was captain of the fourth-rate HMS Augusta and then of the third-rate HMS Berwick.[1] He became governor of Newfoundland in 1753.[1] The common perception on the island was the uncertainty about the loyalty of Irish Roman Catholics in Newfoundland. Bonfoy did not allow Irish Catholics to worship stating that:

"Liberty of Conscience is allowed to all Persons except Papists."[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Godfrey, Michael (1974). "Bonfoy, Hugh". In Halpenny, Francess G. Dictionary of Canadian Biography. III (1741–1770) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Francis William Drake
Governor of Newfoundland
Succeeded by
Richard Dorrill