Richard Dorrill

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Richard Dorrill
Bornc. 1719
Died1 January 1762 (aged 42–43)
Allegiance Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch Royal Navy
Commands heldHMS Jamaica
HMS Penzance
HMS Royal George

Richard Dorill (c. 1719 – 1 January 1762) was a naval officer and colonial governor of Newfoundland, died in Bath, England.

Naval career[edit]

Dorill joined the Royal Navy in 1732 and was promoted to lieutenant in 1739. He served off Toulon in action against the French and Spanish in 1744. Promoted to captain he was given command of the sloop HMS Jamaica in 1746 and of the frigate HMS Penzance in 1755.[1] He was appointed Governor of Newfoundland in May 1755. He upheld Britain's commands regarding its inhabitants and his intolerance of the Irish Catholic. He had a Roman Catholic priest arrested for officiating at mass in Harbour Grace.[1] He went on to take command of the first-rate HMS Royal George at Deptford in 1756.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Godfrey, Michael (1974). "Dorill, Richard". 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
Hugh Bonfoy
Governor of Newfoundland
Succeeded by
Richard Edwards