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Lord Gambier

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James Gambier, 1st Baron Gambier (1756-1833) by and published by George Clint, after Sir William Beechey, mezzotint, published 2nd September 1808, within a period ebonized 'Hogarth' frame.  w:13 in x h:16.75 in

Gambier was a friend of the Pitt family, and his advancement in the navy was apparently due to this relationship rather than to the extent of his experience at sea. From 7 March 1795 to 19 Feb. 1801 he sat as a lord of the Admiralty; meanwhile, he was promoted rear-admiral on 1 June 1795 and vice-admiral on 14 Feb. 1799.

In the spring of 1802, shortly after the Treaty of Amiens was signed, Gambier was appointed governor of Newfoundland to replace Sir Charles Morice Pole. The lull in the war gave him some time to concern himself with civil affairs on the island. In the navy he was noted for his piety and his strict views on morality. In Newfoundland he earned a reputation for assistance to schools and charitable institutions and for encouragement of the clergy. When William Cull brought a captive Beothuk woman to St John’s, Gambier ordered that she be kindly treated, and she was later returned to her people.

This information has been extracted from a 'Dictionary of Canadian Biography'. Follow this link for the full biography. 


Item Code: 1989

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