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Campbell, John

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Title Vice-Admiral (RN)
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Birth 00/00/1720 Death 16/12/1790
Place (nk) Place London
Area Kirkcudbrightshire Area
Country Scotland Country England
 
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During his term as Governor of Newfoundland, Campbell proclaimed religious freedom for all inhabitants of Newfoundland, including Roman Catholics. He stated: "Pursuant to the King's instructions to me you are to allow all persons inhabiting this island to have full liberty of conscience and the free exercise of all such modes of religious worship as are not prohibited by law..." As a result, James Louis O'Donel, the Roman Catholic bishop, authorized the construction of a chapel and celebrated mass.
 
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He went to sea as an apprentice at a young age, and joined the Royal Navy. He sailed around the world in 1740 in HMS Centurion as a Midshipman RN. He was comissioned as a Lieutenant RN around 1745. He was appointed as a Captain RN in 1778. He was appointed as a Vice-Admiral RN in 1779. He was appointed as the Governor of Newfoundland and Commander-in-Chief 31/07/1782 - 10/07/1786.
 
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Story, Norah (1967); MacFarlane, John M. (1994);
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