Mark Milbanke

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Mark Milbanke
Born12 April 1724 (1724-04-12)
Halnaby Hall, Darlington
Died9 June 1805 (1805-06-10) (aged 81)
London, England
Allegiance Kingdom of Great Britain
 Great Britain and Ireland
Service/branch Royal Navy
Commands heldHMS Serpent
Portsmouth Command

Admiral Mark Milbanke (12 April 1724 – 9 June 1805) was a British naval officer and colonial governor.

Military career[edit]

Born the son of Sir Ralph Milbanke Bt, Mark Milbanke graduated from the Royal Naval Academy, Portsmouth in 1740.[1] He was made Lieutenant in 1744[1] and in 1746 was given command of HMS Serpent.[2] He became Port Admiral at Plymouth in 1783.[3]

In 1789, Milbanke was appointed governor of Newfoundland.[1] In the years when settlement was prohibited on the Island of Newfoundland, Milbanke did his best to enforce this prohibition.[1] He did so by demolishing buildings, and by limiting the number of Irish people immigrating to Newfoundland.[1] He also refused to allow the building of a Roman Catholic chapel at Ferryland.[1]

He was appointed Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth in 1799.[4]

His honorary appointments included Admiral of the White from 1795.[1] In 1805 he fell over the banisters at his home and died from his injuries.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Biography at Government House The Governorship of Newfoundland and Labrador
  2. ^ a b Dictionary of Canadian Biography
  3. ^ "Mark Milbanke". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  4. ^ History in Portsmouth Archived 27 June 2015 at the Wayback Machine

See also[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Molyneux Shuldham
Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Graves
Political offices
Preceded by
John Elliott
Commodore Governor of Newfoundland
Succeeded by
Sir Richard King
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Peter Parker
Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth
Succeeded by
Lord Gardner