Richard Dorrill

Hugh Bonfoy
Born c.1719
Died 1 January 1762 (aged 4243)
Allegiance  Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Commodore
Commands held HMS 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.

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]

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  1. 1 2 3 "Richard Dorrill". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.
Political offices
Preceded by
Hugh Bonfoy
Governor of Newfoundland
Succeeded by
Richard Edwards

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