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Hugh Bonfoy (c. 1720 – 12 March 1762) was a naval officer and colonial governor of Newfoundland.

Hugh Bonfoy
Bornc. 1720
Died12 March 1762 (aged 41–42)
Allegiance Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch Royal Navy
Commands heldHMS Augusta
HMS Berwick


Naval careerEdit

Bonfoy entered the Royal Navy in 1739 and was promoted to lieutenant in 1744 and to captain in 1745. He was captain of the fourth-rate HMS Augusta and then of the third-rate HMS Berwick.[1] He became governor of Newfoundland in 1753.[1] The common perception on the island was the uncertainty about the loyalty of Irish Roman Catholics in Newfoundland. Bonfoy did not allow Irish Catholics to worship stating that:

"Liberty of Conscience is allowed to all Persons except Papists."[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Godfrey, Michael (1974). "Bonfoy, Hugh". In Halpenny, Francess G (ed.). Dictionary of Canadian Biography. III (1741–1770) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Francis William Drake
Governor of Newfoundland
Succeeded by
Richard Dorrill