Aston, Sir Arthur
Governor of Province of Avalon, c. 1625-1627
Around 1625, Sir Arthur Aston was named to the post of governor of the Province of Avalon by George Calvert. Little information exists on the life and government of Aston; in fact, there is much debate as to precisely when he arrived at Ferryland. One researcher, who says that Aston was a devout Catholic and had been recommended by a Catholic priest, puts the year of his arrival at 1625. Other researchers claim that Aston came to Newfoundland in 1626 or even as late as 1627. It is possible that Aston returned to England in the spring of 1627 and joined the Duke of Buckingham's company in France, only to die there the same year.