Sir Richard Hughes, 2nd Baronet

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Sir Richard Hughes, 2nd Baronet
Born c. 1729
Died 5 January 1812
Allegiance  Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Boreas
The Downs
Leeward Islands Station
North American Station
Battles/wars American Revolutionary War

Admiral Sir Richard Hughes, 2nd Baronet (c. 1729 – 5 January 1812) was a British naval commander.

Naval career[edit]

Hughes was probably born in London, England, and entered the Portsmouth Naval Academy in 1739.[1] He served on a number of ships in various locations during his naval career, including HMS Boreas from 1763 to 1766. It is known that Hughes was in Canada in 1778, as he was appointed resident commissioner of the Halifax dockyard.[2] This appointment was short, as by August of the same year he became lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia, succeeding Mariot Arbuthnot in that position.[1] During his tenure, the main concern was the protection of the Province.[1] In 1779, he succeeded his father as Baronet. He became acting commander-in-chief The Downs in 1781.[3]

Governor Hughes' residence (built 1749). (Located on the site of Province House, which still is furnished with his Nova Scotia Council table)

In 1782 Hughes was second-in-command under Lord Howe at the Relief of Gibraltar.[1] Between 1783 and 1786 he was appointed Commander-in-Chief, Leeward Islands Station.[4] Then in 1789 he became Commander-in-Chief, North American Station.[1]


  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
  • Leigh Rayment's list of baronets

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Government offices
Preceded by
Mariot Arbuthnot
Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
Succeeded by
Sir Andrew Hamond
Military offices
Preceded by
John Evans
Commander-in-Chief, The Downs

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Hugh Pigot
Commander-in-Chief, Leeward Islands Station
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Bickerton
Preceded by
Sir Herbert Sawyer
Commander-in-Chief, North American Station
Succeeded by
George Murray
Baronetage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Richard Hughes
(of East Bergholt)
Succeeded by
Robert Hughes