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Mark Milbanke

Mark Milbanke
Born 12 April 1724
Halnaby Hall, Darlington
Died 9 June 1805
London, England
Allegiance  Kingdom of Great Britain
 Great Britain and Ireland
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Serpent
Portsmouth Command

Admiral Mark Milbanke (12 April 1724 – 9 June 1805) was a British naval officer and colonial governor.

Military career

Born the son of Sir Ralph Milbanke Bt, Mark Milbanke graduated from the Royal Naval Academy, Portsmouth in 1740.[1] He was made Lieutenant in 1744[1] and in 1746 was given command of HMS Serpent.[2] He became Port Admiral at Plymouth in 1783.[3]

In 1789, Milbanke was appointed governor of Newfoundland.[1] In the years when settlement was prohibited on the Island of Newfoundland, Milbanke did his best to enforce this prohibition.[1] He did so by demolishing buildings, and by limiting the number of Irish people immigrating to Newfoundland.[1] He also refused to allow the building of a Roman Catholic chapel at Ferryland.[1]

He was appointed Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth in 1799.[4]

His honorary appointments included Admiral of the White from 1795.[1] In 1805 he fell over the banisters at his home and died from his injuries.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g The Governorship of Newfoundland and LabradorBiography at Government House
  2. ^ a b Dictionary of Canadian Biography
  3. ^ "Mark Milbanke". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  4. ^ History in Portsmouth

See also

Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Molyneux Shuldham
Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
1783–1786
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Graves
Political offices
Preceded by
John Elliott
Commodore Governor of Newfoundland
1789–1791
Succeeded by
Sir Richard King
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Peter Parker
Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth
1799–1803
Succeeded by
Lord Gardner


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