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Parker, Vice-Admiral, Sir William (1743--1802)
Vice-Admiral Parker was the Commander-in-chief of the North American and West Indian Stations in 1800-1802. He was an experienced naval man but a controversial one. In May of 1798, Nelson was picked to re-establish the British navy's power in the Mediterranean. (In August of that year Nelson destroyed Napoleon's fleet in the Battle of the Nile.) This choice made Parker furious, not only because Nelson was his junior, but it would seem he thought Nelson took too much credit for the successful outcome of the Battle of Cape St. Vincent in the previous year (February, 1797), and, in particular, the taking of the San Josef. Parker was of the view that Nelson took too much credit for the taking of this 112 gun, first-rate, Spanish man-o-war. Commodore Nelson, Parker was of the view, boarded the San Josef and took possession of her alright, but only after the HMS Prince George, a ship presumably under the charge of Rear-Admiral Parker, had already pounded her into submission.
Parr, John (1725-1791)
Governor of Nova Scotia, 1782-91: Parr was not a young man, when, at age 58, he was to first take up his duties at Halifax. His position as a royal governor was intended to be an easy one ... Within weeks of his arrival at Halifax, however, he was to be faced with great challenges. (More)
Peel, Sir Robert, 2nd Baronet: (1788-1850)
Born in Ramsbottom, Lancashire, his father was an industrialist and a Member of Parliament, Sir Robert Peel, 1st Baronet. As might be imagined the son was well educated (Harrow and Christ Church, Oxford). Sir Llewellyn Woodward, in his history (Oxford: Clarendon Press), wrote that "Peel dominated English politics between 1833 and 1846. Except for a few months, he was out of office until 1841 ... He considered measures on their merits, and disliked pledging himself in advance."
Pepperrell, William (1696-1759)
The New Englander that led the successful first siege against Louisbourg, in 1745. (More)
Perkins, Simeon (1734-1812)
Born in Connecticut, Perkins came to Liverpool, N.S., in 1762. He became a leading citizen of Liverpool. Perkins is likely best known to historians because he kept a "comprehensive and voluminous diary" between the years 1766-1812 and it has proven to be a valuable resource to the history of the province during this period. (More)
Perrot, Francois-Marie (1644-91)
The rough and ready French governor of Acadia, 1685-87. (More)
Petit, Father Louis (1629-1709)
An early 18th c. Acadian priest. (More)
Pettrequin, Jean (1724-64)
A Montbeliardian, Pettrequin arrived at Halifax aboard the Betty in 1752. All we know of the man is that which we have set forth in our narrative of The Hoffman Insurrection at Lunenburg. Pettrequin died and was buried at Lunenburg.
Philipps, Richard (1661-1750)
An early 18th c. English army officer posted at Annapolis Royal. (More)
Phips, Sir William (1651-95)
Carpenter, ship-builder, ship-captain, treasure-finder and knight of the English realm; it was Phips, in 1690, who laid siege to Port Royal and had the small French garrison holding that place surrender to him with false promises. After spending 12 days pillaging Port Royal, Phips went on to do the same at LaHeve, Chedabucto and all those French settlements at the head of the Bay of Fundy. (More)
Pichon, Thomas (1700-1781)
"The Spy of Beausejour." (More)
Pitt, William (1708-78)
The Prime Minister of England at the time of the final defeat of the French in North America. (More)
Pitt, William (1759-1806)
Trained by his father, Pitt, the younger, at the age of 24, was to become the Prime Minister of England. He is described in the history books as one of the most powerful ministers in English history. He was at the English helm during the latter stages of the American Revolution and also during the French Revolution. (More)
Pontgravé, Francis Gravé, Sieur du Pont (c1554-c1629)
Merchant, fur trader, and captain in the navy, Pontgravé was one of the original founders of Acadia. (More)
Poutrincourt, Jean de Biencourt, Seigneur de ... (1557-1615)
Poutrincourt played a significant role, during the years 1604-1607, in the establishment and maintenance of the very first European establishment in Acadia, Port Royal. (More)
Prevost (Le), Duquesnel, Jean-Baptiste-Louis (c.1685-1744)
The ill tempered, one legged, French naval officer, who, at age 55, in 1740, was appointed as the "commander" of Ile Royale; and, was in charge during those critical years leading up the successful English colonial raid in 1745. (More)
Prevost, Sir George (1767-1816)
Sir George Prevost was the military Governor of Nova Scotia between the years, 1808 to 1811. (More)
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