|Service/branch Royal Navy|
Name Richard Edwards
|Rank Rear admiral|
|Allegiance Kingdom of Great Britain|
Commands held HMS Fox HMS Torrington HMS Princess Mary HMS Princess Amelia
Battles/wars War of the Austrian Succession Siege of Louisbourg
Role Royal Navy officer, died 1773
Died June 16, 1773, England, United Kingdom
Richard Edwards (died 16 June 1773) was an officer of the Royal Navy, who served for a brief time as Commodore Governor of Newfoundland.
Edwards entered the navy and rose through the ranks, being promoted to post captain on 4 November 1740 and given command of the 24-gun HMS Fox. He commanded her until 1742, during which time he captured a 10-gun Spanish privateer named Justa Resina. He next commanded HMS Torrington, and by early 1746 was in command of HMS Princess Mary. He was appointed governor of Newfoundland that year, but was ordered to go to North America and place himself under the command of Commodore Peter Warren at Louisbourg, where he was besieging the fort.
Edwards arrived on 11 July, bringing with him two other ships, HMS Larke and HMS Hector. Louisbourg surrendered four days later, and Edwards sailed to Newfoundland to take up his original post. On its conclusion, he returned to England, and had little further active service, though he may have commanded a yacht. He was refused a promotion to flag rank, unless he resumed his active service at the rank of captain. He secured the command of HMS Princess Amelia, but only for a short period. He was given the rank and pay of a rear-admiral from 3 June 1757 and was placed on the superannuated list. He died in England on 16 June 1773.