Michael Francklin

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Michael Francklin or Franklin (6 December 1733 – 8 November 1782) served as Nova Scotia's Lieutenant Governor from 1766-1772. He is buried in the crypt of St. Paul's Church (Halifax).

Born in Poole, England, Francklin immigrated to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1752. He worked as a trader and merchant, initially in association with Joshua Maugher.

During Father Le Loutre's War, Michael Francklin was captured by a Mi'kmaw raiding party in 1754 and held captive for three months in which he learned the Mi'kmaw language and developed an appreciation for native culture.[1]

Francklin represented Lunenburg County from 1759 to 1760 and Halifax County from 1761 to 1762 in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly.

On February 7, 1762, Francklin married Susannah Boutineau. In May of that year, he was named to the Nova Scotia Council.

In the early 1770s, he was responsible for bringing about the Yorkshire Emigration. He also played an important role in assisting the return of Acadians after the Expulsion of the Acadians by guaranteeing Catholic worship, land grants and a promise that there would be no second expulsion.

He died at home in Halifax in 1782.


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  1. ^ L.R. Fisher, Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
  2. ^ Frank Patterson. Acadian Tatamagouche and Fort Franklkin, p.75
  3. ^ https://archive.org/stream/placenamesofprov00browuoft#page/52/mode/2up


  • James S. Macdonald, "Lt. Governor Michael Francklin, 1752-1782" Collections of the Nova Scotia Historical Society; (40 pp.) vol. 16 (1912)
  • W. B. Kerr, "The Rise of Michael Francklin" (7 pp.) The Dalhousie Review, Vol. 13 (1934), No. 4.

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