Richard Downes Jackson

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Sir Richard Downes Jackson
Born 1777
Petersfield, Hampshire
Died June 9, 1845
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held Northern District
Battles/wars Peninsular War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Lieutenant-General Sir Richard Downes Jackson KCB (1777 – June 9, 1845), born at Petersfield in the English county of Hampshire, was Administrator of Canada West and Canada East (1841–1842) until the arrival of Sir Charles Bagot who took the position of Governor General of the Province of Canada.

Military career[edit]

Jackson was commissioned as an ensign in the Coldstream Guards on 9 July 1794.[1] After seeing action during the Irish Rebellion of 1798 he took part in the Battle of Copenhagen during the Napoleonic Wars.[1] He fought at the Siege of Cádiz and the Battle of Barrosa during the Peninsular War and was knighted on 12 April 1815.[1] He became deputy quartermaster general in 1820, General Officer Commanding Northern District in 1836 and Commander-in-Chief, North America in 1839.[1] After that he was Administrator of Canada West and Canada East from 1841 to 1842.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Hillmer, Norman; Cooke, O. A. (1988). "Jackson, Richard Downes". In Halpenny, Francess G. Dictionary of Canadian Biography. VII (1836–1850) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 
  2. ^ "Journals". Canada Legislative Assembly. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Henry Bouverie
GOC Northern District
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Napier
Preceded by
Sir John Colborne
Commander-in-Chief, North America
Succeeded by
Earl Cathcart
Preceded by
Sir John Oswald
Colonel of the 35th (Royal Sussex) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Sir George Henry Frederick Berkeley
Preceded by
James Kempt
Colonel of the 81st Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
John Waters
Government offices
Preceded by
John Clitherow
Lieutenant-Governor of Canada West
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Bagot
Lieutenant Governor of Canada East