Quebec History Marianopolis College

Date Published:
June 2005

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


Henry Ellis


Ellis, Henry (I721-1806), governor of Nova Scotia (1761-3), was born in England in 1721. In 1746-7 he made a voyage of exploration to Hudson bay , an account of which was published in his A voyage to Hudson's bay (London, 1748) ; and in 1749 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society. From 1758 to 1760 he was governor of Georgia ; and from 1761 to 1763 he held the commission of governor of Nova Scotia, though he did not enter on the duties of his office. He had much to do with the framing of the Royal Proclamation of 1763, whereby civil government was established in Quebec ; and from 1763 to 1769 he held the offices of secretary, clerk of the council, commissary-general, and clerk of the enrolments in the province of Quebec, with power to appoint deputies. He died in Naples, Italy, on January 21, 1806.

Source  : W. Stewart WALLACE, ed., The Encyclopedia of Canada, Vol. II, Toronto, University Associates of Canada, 1948, 411p., p. 289.


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