Quebec History Marianopolis College

Date Published:
July 2005

L’Encyclopédie de l’histoire du Québec / The Quebec History Encyclopedia


Charles Saunders


Saunders, Sir Charles (1713?-1775), sailor, was born in Somersetshire, England, about 1713, and entered the Royal Navy in 1727. In 1759 he was promoted to be vice-admiral of the blue, and appointed commander-in-chief of the fleet which carried the army of James Wolfe, to Quebec. To his efficiency and cordial co-operation, the fall of Quebec in 1759 was in no small measure due. He was created a knight of the Bath in 1761; and in 1770 he was promoted to the rank of admiral. From 1754 to his death he represented Heydon in Yorkshire in the House of Commons. He died in London on December 7, 1775 ; and he was buried in Westminster Abbey. See Edward Salmon, Life of Admiral Sir Charles Saunders (London, 1914).

[Consult the article on Saunders at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography.]

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Source: W. Stewart WALLACE, ed., The Encyclopedia of Canada, Vol. V, Toronto, University Associates of Canada, 1948, 401p., p 359.

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