Governor of Province of Avalon, 1634-1638
In 1634 Cecil Calvert appointed William Hill deputy governor of the Ferryland settlement.
Although Cecil had been looking after the colony since his father left to obtain land in Maryland,
the position of governor appears to have been vacant since 1629. Nothing is known of Hill's life
before this time, and little is known about his experiences in Newfoundland, except that he once
lived in the house constructed by Lord Baltimore himself. The population of Ferryland was about
100 in 1629, but it is likely that numbers were greatly reduced by the time Hill took on his duties
Hill remained in Lord Baltimore's mansion until David Kirke arrived in 1638. Hill was then
forced to move to the north side of the harbour and would remain there until he died.
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