Regency Personalities Series
In my attempts to provide us with the details of the Regency (I include those who were born before 1811 and who died after 1795), today I continue with one of the many period notables.
1756 – 24 February 1818
Francis Pickmore was a naval officer and colonial governor born in Chester, Cheshire, England and died St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Pickmore spent his early naval career in Newfoundland as a lieutenant in 1777 and by 1814 he had reached the rank of vice-admiral. He was appointed governor of Newfoundland in 1816.
Pickmore’s term was marked by strife and severe economic depression that had hit the island following the Napoleonic wars and influx of Irish immigrants. Pickmore is noted as the first governor of Newfoundland to stay the winter. He died in St. John’s and Captain John Bowker, a senior officer under Pickmore’s command, acted as governor until Governor Sir Charles Hamilton arrived.