John Parr, soldier, colonial administrator (b at Dublin, Ire 20 Dec 1725; d at Halifax 25 Nov 1791). After a lengthy career in the army, he became governor of Nova Scotia in 1782. Taking up his post just before some 30 000 LOYALISTS
entered the maritime colonies, he was forced to deal with their resettlement and shortly found himself caught between the pretensions of the newcomers and the claims of older settlers, a situation that endured until the end of his administration. On the whole he acquitted himself well, though he won little popularity or admiration for his efforts.