Richard Edwards (Royal Navy officer, died 1795)

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Richard Edwards
Richard Edwards Royal Navy Admiral by Nathaniel Dance 1780.jpg
Admiral Richard Edwards, RN, painted by Nathaniel Dance, 1780
Bornc. 1715
Died3 February 1795
Fordwich, Kent
Allegiance Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch Royal Navy
Commands heldNore Command

Admiral Richard Edwards (c. 1715 – 3 February 1795) naval officer and colonial governor of Newfoundland.

Naval career[edit]

Edwards was promoted to lieutenant in 1740 and to captain in 1753.[1] He was appointed governor of Newfoundland for his first term in 1757.[1] His main concern was defence of the colony as Britain and France were at war.[1] Edwards was re-appointed governor for a second term in 1779 and was again concerned with the colony's defences – only this time against American privateers.[1] In 1780 he formed the Newfoundland Volunteers under the command of Robert Pringle.[1] Edwards ordered the construction of Fort Townshend (see Lord Townshend) and the Quidi Vidi batteries including those at Petty Harbour.[1] Promoted vice-admiral in 1787, he became in Commander-in-Chief, The Nore in 1788.[1] He was promoted to Admiral of the Blue in 1794.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Thompson, Frederic F. (1979). "Edwards, Richard". In Halpenny, Francess G (ed.). Dictionary of Canadian Biography. IV (1771–1800) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Dorrill
Governor of Newfoundland
Succeeded by
James Webb
Preceded by
John Montagu
Governor of Newfoundland
Succeeded by
John Campbell
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Andrew Hamond
Commander-in-Chief, The Nore
Succeeded by
William Locker