Mark Milbanke

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

Mark Milbanke
Born12 April 1724 (1724-04-12)
Halnaby Hall, Darlington
Died9 June 1805 (1805-06-10) (aged 81)
London, England
Allegiance Kingdom of Great Britain
 Great Britain and Ireland
Service/branch Royal Navy
Commands heldHMS Serpent
Portsmouth Command

Military careerEdit

Milbanke was born into an aristocratic Yorkshire family with naval connections, his father was Sir Ralph Milbanke, 4th Baronet. 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]


Milbanke married Mary Webber (died 1812); they had a son and two daughters. Ralph (died 1823) was a naval captain. Elizabeth Mary, the younger daughter, married William Huskisson.[3] Harriet, the elder daughter, married Philemon Tilghman, son of James Tilghman.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Biography at Government House The Governorship of Newfoundland and Labrador
  2. ^ a b Dictionary of Canadian Biography
  3. ^ a b Morriss, Roger. "Mark Milbanke". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/18689. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  4. ^ History in Portsmouth Archived 27 June 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Tillman, Stephen Frederick (1946). Tilghman-Tillman family, 1225-1945. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Lithoprinted by Edwards Bros. p. 88.
Military offices
Preceded by Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Commodore Governor of Newfoundland
Succeeded by
Military offices
Preceded by Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth
Succeeded by