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Edward Falkingham (c. 1683 – 18 September 1757) was an officer in the Royal Navy. He served for a time as Governor of Newfoundland and Comptroller of the Navy.

Edward Falkingham
Died18 September 1757 (aged 73–74)
Allegiance Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service1703–1755
Commands heldHMS Orford
Newfoundland Station
Commissioner of the Navy, Port Mahon
Commissioner of the Navy, Woolwich
Comptroller of the Navy

Naval careerEdit

Falkingham received his first commission in 1703 when he was promoted to lieutenant.[1] On 26 February 1713 he was promoted to the rank of captain in command of HMS Weymouth. Falkingham in charge of HMS Gibraltar, along with Commodore Thomas Kempthorne aboard of HMS Worcester, was charged with overseeing the enforcement of Treaty of Utrecht when it came to the fishing grounds of Newfoundland in 1715. A major concern to the merchants of England was the over-wintering of fisherman in Newfoundland and William Arnold, a New England trader, was suspecting of enticing those fisherman to over-winter in New England. Falkingham was assigned the duty of observing Arnold in the summer of 1715.[2]

Falkingham went on to command various vessels in both the Baltic and the Mediterranean. In 1718 he commanded HMS Orford with distinction at the Battle of Cape Passaro, off the coast of Sicily.

On 5 May 1732, Falkingham was commissioned as Commodore-Governor of Newfoundland.[1] Finding that there was only one prison, in St John's, Falkingham ordered the construction of other prisons in Ferryland, Bonavista and Carbonear.[1] Falkingham retired from sea service in 1742 after which he was appointed resident commissioner of the navy at Port Mahon Dockyard on behalf of the Navy Board until 1744. In 1745 he was appointed Commissioner of the Navy at Woolwich Dockyard until 1746. In February 1755 he was appointed Comptroller of the Navy at the Navy Board; he held the post until November 1755. When his health began to fail him at the end 1755 he retired from the Navy altogether.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Godfrey, Michael (1974). "Falkingham, Edward". In Halpenny, Francess G (ed.). Dictionary of Canadian Biography. III (1741–1770) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press.
  2. ^ Nielsen, Ann Marie (1979) [1969]. "Arnold, William". In Hayne, David (ed.). Dictionary of Canadian Biography. II (1701–1740) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press.

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Political offices
Preceded by
George Clinton
Commodore Governor of Newfoundland
Succeeded by
Viscount Muskerry