World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Richard Whitbourne

Article Id: WHEBN0000520619
Reproduction Date:

Title: Richard Whitbourne  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Francis Tanfield, Whitbourne, Fish flake, Arthur Aston, NLLG
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Richard Whitbourne

Sir Richard Whitbourne (1561 – 1635) was an English colonist, mariner and author.

Richard Whitbourne was born near Bishopsteignton in south Devon, England, where he was baptised on 20 June 1561.[1] Whilst apprenticed to a merchant adventurer of Southampton, he sailed extensively around Europe and twice to Newfoundland. He served in a ship of his own against the Great Armada under Lord Admiral Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk. He spent the next thirty years in cod fishing off Newfoundland. He assisted the pirates Peter Easton and Henry Mainwaring to seek pardons from James I of England.[1]

Asked by William Vaughan to govern his colony at Renews in Newfoundland, he did so from 1618 until 1620 when Vaughan abandoned the venture. Whitbourne was sent to establish law and order in the colony, he was the first to hold a court of justice in North America at Trinity in 1615.[2]

In 1620, Whitbourne published A Discourse and Discovery of New-found-land in order to promote colonisation on the island.

Between 1589 (at latest) and 1627 Whitbourne had a house at or near Exmouth on the south Devon coast of England.[1][3] Perhaps dying on a foreign voyage, he was buried at Teignmouth, on the coast near his birthplace, in August 1635.[1]

See also

References and notes

  1. ^ a b c d Whidborne, Richard (2005). Crosses & Comforts, being The Life and Times of Captain Sir Richard Whitbourne (1561-1635) of Exmouth in Devonshire. St John's, Newfoundland: Great Auk Books.  
  2. ^  
  3. ^ He is referred to as "Captaine Richard Whitbourne of Exmouth" in At Theobalds, the 12. of Aprill 1622. The copy of a reference from the Kings most excellent Maiesty: as also a letter from the right honourable lords of His Maiesties most honourable Priuy Councell, to the most reuerend fathers in God, the lords arch-bishops of Canterbury and Yorke their graces. (login required).

External links

  • The Governorship of Newfoundland and LabradorGovernment House
  • Dictionary of Canadian Biography OnlineBiography at the
  • by Richard Whitbourne (1620)A Discourse and Discovery of New-found-land

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.