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Hardy, Sir Charles (c.1714-1780)
A distinguished English naval commander who was involved in the history of Nova Scotia during naval action of the shores of Nova Scotia in the years: 1745, 1757 and 1758. (More)
Harvey, Sir John (1778-1852)
Harvey was the Lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia from 1846 to 1852.
Haliburton, Thomas Chandler (1796-1865)
From Nova Scotia, Haliburton was: a lawyer, politician, judge, and writer. He made for himself an international reputation through his fictional character, Sam Slick. (More)
Halliburton, Sir Brenton (1774-1860)
Chief Justice of Nova Scotia. (More)
Handfield, John (c.1700-c.63)
Handfield was an English officer who spent his "entire military career in Nova Scotia" and was therefore directly involved in the stirring history of the period, including the deportation of the Acadians in 1755 and the 1758 siege of Louisbourg. (More)
Hartshorne, Lawrence (1755-1822)
A well known merchant and politician at Halifax. (More)
Harvey, Sir John (1778-1852)
Harvey was the Lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia from 1846 to 1852.
Henry, Anthony (1734-1800)
Anthony Henry was a printer and publisher at Halifax. He was born near Montbeliard (France) of German parents. He spoke English, German and French. He was married three times. Henry was with Amherst at Louisbourg in 1758 "as a regimental fifer." Being apparently released from the British army, Henry worked in a New Jersey printing office for two years. Coming to Halifax, he joined John Bushell at his printing shop in Halifax. Bushell died and the shop fell to Henry in 1761. Thus Henry continued the publication of the Halifax Gazette, Halifax's first newspaper as was established by Bushell in 1752. In 1765, Henry hired Isaiah Thomas, who got the paper into trouble with the government because of Thomas' opposition to the Stamp Act. Henry's shop lost government printing contracts, to a new printer that just come to Halifax, Robert Fletcher, who took over the publication of the Halifax Gazette, as well. After a three year hiatus Henry went back into the newspaper and brought out the Nova Scotia Chronicle and Weekly Advertiser. In 1770, Fletcher joined his publication with that of Henry’s the banner, Nova-Scotia Gazette and the Weekly Chronicle; government work returned to Henry, indeed, in time he became the official "King's Printer." In 1789, the name of the paper changed once again to Royal Gazette and the Nova-Scotia Advertiser. Anthony Henry died at Halifax on December 1, 1800.
Hébert, Louis (1575-1627)
One of the original founders of Acadia. (More)
L'Hermitte, Jacques (1670-1725)
L'Hermitte was a French engineer who had been posted to Placentia in 1695. In 1698, he was ordered, due likely to the Treaty of Ryswick (1697), to do a survey of Acadia. L'Hermitte, as it turned out was to play an instrumental role in the establishment of Louisbourg, in 1713. He was responsible for a number of plans and charts in and around the lower part of the St. Lawrence River and Cape Breton Island, or as it was known then, Ile Royale. L'Hermitte died on August 27th, 1725, when, in a storm off the north-eastern corner of Cape Breton, the French sailing vessel, Le Chameau was dashed against the rocks with a great loss of life.
Hertel, Sieur Jean-Baptiste, de Rouville (1668-1722)
Hertel, in 1704, led the murderous raid on Deerfield, Massachusetts and thereafter was to become known as the "Sacker of Deerfield". As it happened, Hertel was sent to Ile Royale for its set up in 1713; in 1719 he was sent to build up Port-Dauphin (Englishtown, N.S). (More)
Hobby, Sir Charles (1665-1715)
Hobby was born at Boston; he died at London. Of Boston, Hobby was one of the few "titled natives." He had been knighted during July of 1705 for his "brave conduct in Jamaica at the time of the earthquake in 1692." In 1705, his name was advanced for the position of Governor of Massachusetts; but, likely because he was just a colonial, he was denied the post. At the time that Nicholson's took Annapolis Royal, in 1710, Sir Charles was the second in command. He was the Lieutenant-governor of Annapolis Royal, between June and October of 1711.
Hoffman, John William (b. d., unknown)
Hoffman, a German settler, was appointed as one of the eight captains to go with the group of 1500 which was sent, in 1753, to establish the new community of Lunenburg. Hoffman comes to our historical attention because of his involvement in a rebellion, "The Hoffman Insurrection" that was to break out shortly thereafter. (More)
Holburne, Admiral Francis (1704-71)
As a Rear-admiral in 1755, Holburne was with Boscawen when a large British fleet of war ships were sent into Nova Scotian waters. In 1757, Holburne was put in charge of another fleet sent to assist in an attack on Louisbourg which was planned for 1757 (the plan was aborted). (More)
Holland, Anthony Henry (1785-1830)
The DCB simply stated that little is known about Holland’s early years. What we can say, is, he was not apparently related to Captain Samuel (next following). Anthony Henry Holland is best known as the proprietor of the Acadian Recorder, a newspaper established in 1813. He ran an article ("jocose critique") on one, Edward Mortimer, a member of the legislature. He was called to the Bar of the Assembly to answer charges of having published severe animadversions on public affairs. As a result Holland suffered a short imprisonment. During the famous election of 1830, "The Brandy Election," Holland took the side of the assembly, viz he was against the old Tory Rule. Holland, in addition to being the publisher of the Acadian Recorder, also built and worked a paper mill "a little distance from Bedford Basin, on the road leading Westerly to Hammond's Plains."
Holland, Captain Samuel Johannnes (1728-1801)
Holland was a British army officer who was among the leading lights in the post war (1763+) reconstruction period of Nova Scotia. (More)
Holmes, Rear-Admiral Charles (d.1761)
Admiral Holmes came to America in 1755 as the Captain of the Grafton. In 1756 he was cruising off Louisbourg for a period of time. In 1757 he came once again to Nova Scotian waters under Vice Admiral Holburne. Holmes was the third in command under Admiral Saunders during the siege of Quebec in 1759. (More)
Hopson, Peregrine Thomas (?-1759)
A British officer, Hopson arrived from Gibraltar at Louisbourg in 1746; for approximately a year (1752-3) was to be the British governor at Halifax. (More)
How, Edward (1702-1750)
From Massachusetts, in 1725, Edward How was granted 12.6 acres on an island in Canso harbour, and from that date proceeded to participate in Acadia's "valuable and profitable peltry trade, and in its almost inexhaustible fisheries ..." And along the way became a very influential man during the succeeding wars in Acadia up to his death that occurred on the marsh outside the French fort, Beausejour, as the result of one of the most perfidious acts in Acadian history. (More)
Howe, John (1754-1835)
Came up from Boston with a widow whose husband had published a paper there, the Newsletter. Printing gear was brought up with them. The widow after arriving at Halifax in short order sold her "presses and types" to John Howe. He was, of course, the father of Joseph Howe
Howe, Joseph (1804-73)
Beloved figure in early Nova Scotian political history. (More)
Howe, William (1729-1814)
There were three Howe brothers that distinguished themselves in the service of England. The oldest, George (1724-58), a brigadier-general, was killed before Ticonderoga. The next born, Richard, who eventually became Lord Howe had a brilliant career in the navy. The brother we are concerned with, is William. Having an equal rank with Wolfe, William Howe served under Amherst at Louisbourg and under Wolfe at Quebec. He fought for the British during the American revolution and was responsible for the British successes at Bunker Hill (1775) and Brandywine Creek (1777). His career slipped, however, as he came to suffer from "lethargy"; he was replaced by Clinton. (Chambers.)
Hugo, Adele (1831-1915)
Victor Hugo's daughter, Adele, came to live at Halifax (1863-66). What we write of Adele Hugo is a story of human grief and misfortune; the story of an intelligent woman caught in a lonely and comfortless world, a woman who had beauty, talent and family connections: -- Love, unrequited love, did her in.
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