Hugh Bonfoy

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

Bonfoy entered the Royal Navy in 1739, and made governor of Newfoundland in 1753. 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."

Service history[edit]

  • 1739 joined the Royal Navy
  • 1744 promoted lieutenant
  • 1745 promoted captain
  • 1753 governor of Newfoundland

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