6th General Assembly of Nova Scotia

The 6th General Assembly of Nova Scotia represented Nova Scotia between November 1785 to 1793.

The Assembly sat at the pleasure of the Governor of Nova Scotia, Edmund Fanning until 1786, and then under Governor John Parr.


In 1785, the Speaker of the House was Sampson Salter Blowers In 1789, the speaker was Richard John Uniacke. A writ for the election of the 6th General Assembly of Nova Scotia was issued on 21 October 1785, returnable by 1 December 1785. The assembly convened on 5 December 1785, held seven sessions, and was dissolved on 22 January 1793.

Governor and CouncilEdit

At the convening of the assembly:

After April 1786:

Technically, Gov. Carleton was appointed not as governor general, but as Governor of Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and St. John's Island (four simultaneous appointments). Since a governor only has power when actually in their jurisdiction, the three additional appointments were effectively meaningless, with Lt. Gov. Parr serving as acting governor.

The members of the Council are currently under research.

House of AssemblyEdit


Division of seatsEdit

The customary assignment of seats was continued: 4 seats assigned to Halifax County, 2 seats to the other counties and to Halifax Township, and 1 seat to the other townships, for a total of 39 seats.

Sunbury County, Sackville Township and Cumberland Township were no longer represented, as they had become part of the Province of New Brunswick in 1784. Digby Township, Shelburne Township, Shelburne County, and Sydney County had been newly established and were granted representation.


Note: Unless otherwise noted, members were elected at the general election, and took their seats at the convening of the assembly. By-elections are special elections held to fill specific vacancies. When a member is noted as having taking their seat on a certain date, but a by-election isn't noted, the member was elected at the general election but arrived late.


  1. ^ Tulloch, Judith (1987). "Barclay, Thomas Henry". In Halpenny, Francess G (ed.). Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Vol. VI (1821–1835) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press.
  2. ^ A website (Bielinski, Stefan. "Stephen De Lancey". exhibitions.nysm.nysed.gov. New York State Museum. Retrieved 2 November 2017.) claims he was named to Council in 1786, but this appears to be a case of confusion with his brother James.

Preceded by General Assemblies of Nova Scotia
Succeeded by