Richard Edwards (Royal Navy officer, died 1773)

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Richard Edwards
Died16 June 1773
Allegiance Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch Royal Navy
Commands held

Richard Edwards (died 16 June 1773) was an officer of the Royal Navy, who served for a brief time as Commodore Governor of Newfoundland.


Edwards entered the navy and rose through the ranks, being promoted to post captain on 4 November 1740 and given command of the 24-gun HMS Fox.[1] He commanded her until 1742, during which time he captured a 10-gun Spanish privateer named Justa Resina. He next commanded HMS Torrington, and by early 1746 was in command of HMS Princess Mary.[1] He was appointed governor of Newfoundland that year, but was ordered to go to North America and place himself under the command of Commodore Peter Warren at Louisbourg, where he was besieging the fort.[1]

Edwards arrived on 11 July, bringing with him two other ships, HMS Larke and HMS Hector.[1] Louisbourg surrendered four days later, and Edwards sailed to Newfoundland to take up his original post.[1] On its conclusion, he returned to England, and had little further active service, though he may have commanded a yacht.[1][a] He was refused a promotion to flag rank, unless he resumed his active service at the rank of captain. He secured the command of HMS Princess Amelia, but only for a short period. He was given the rank and pay of a rear-admiral from 3 June 1757 and was placed on the superannuated list. He died in England on 16 June 1773.[1]


a. ^ The position of governor of the colony temporarily lapsed after Edwards's departure, and therefore the next commodore, James Douglas, was not a governor of the island. Also, no commodore or governor was sent in 1747, the next governor was Charles Watson in 1748.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Charnock. Biographia Navalis. p. 16.
  2. ^ "Edwards, Richard (? - 1773". Retrieved 16 April 2013.


  • "Edwards, Richard (? - 1773". Government House, The Governorship of Newfoundland and Labrador. Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Web Site, Memorial University of Newfoundland. August 2000. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
  • Charnock, John (1797). Biographia Navalis; Or, Impartial Memoirs of the Lives and Characters of Officers of the Navy of Great Britain: From the Year 1660 to the Present Time; Drawn from the Most Authentic Sources, and Disposed in a Chronological Arrangement. 5. R. Faulder.
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Hardy
Governor of Newfoundland
Succeeded by
James Douglas