Members of the Council of the Lord High Admiral 1702-8; 1827-8

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Institute of Historical Research

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J.C. Sainty

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1975

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32-33

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'Members of the Council of the Lord High Admiral 1702-8; 1827-8', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4: Admiralty Officials 1660-1870 (1975), pp. 32-33. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=16653 Date accessed: 20 October 2014.


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Members of the Council of the Lord High Admiral 1702-8; 1827-8

In the cases of Prince George (1702-8) and the Duke of Clarence (1827-8) provision was made for the appointment of a Council to assist and advise the Lord High Admiral in the conduct of the business of the office. In 1702 Prince George was authorised to appoint a Council consisting of not more than five Members who were to hold office during his pleasure; in 1704 the limit was raised to seven. (fn. 1) At first there were three naval officers amongst the Members; after 1704 there were usually five. In May 1827 the Duke of Clarence was authorised to appoint a Council of not more than four Members to hold office during his pleasure; in July of the same year the right of appointment was transferred from the Lord High Admiral to the crown. (fn. 2) This Council was composed of two naval and two civil Members. The salaries of the Members of both Councils were fixed at £1000. (fn. 3)

In the following list the letter (N) after the name of a Member indicates that he was a naval officer.

LISTS OF APPOINTMENTS
COUNCIL OF PRINCE GEORGE
1702 22 May Rooke, Sir G. (N); Mitchell, Sir D. (N); Churchill, G. (N); Hill, R. (Adm. 6/7).
1703 29 March Rooke, Sir G. (N); Mitchell, Sir D. (N); Churchill, G. (N); Hill, R.; Brydges, Hon. J. (ibid.).
1704 30 April Rooke, Sir G. (N); Mitchell, Sir D. (N); Churchill, G. (N); Hill, R.; Brydges, Hon. J.; Paget, Hon. H. (Adm. 7/726 p. 58).
1704 26 Dec. (fn. 4) Rooke, Sir G. (N); Mitchell, Sir D. (N); Churchill, G. (N); Hill, R.; Brydges, Hon. J.; Paget, Hon. H.; Shovell, Sir C. (N) (Adm. 3/20, 26 Dec. 1704).
1705 11 June (fn. 5) Mitchell, Sir D. (N); Churchill, G. (N); Hill, R.; Paget, Hon. H.; Shovell, Sir C. (N); Walpole, R. (AO 1/1725/147).
1706 8 Feb. Mitchell, Sir D. (N); Churchill, G. (N); Hill, R.; Paget, Hon. H.; Shovell, Sir C. (N); Walpole, R.; Fairborne, Sir S. (N) (Adm. 7/726 p. 58).
1707 28 June (fn. 6) Mitchell, Sir D. (N); Churchill, G. (N); Hill, R.; Paget, Hon. H.; Shovell, Sir C. (N); Walpole, R.; Fairborne, Sir S. (N) (Adm. 6/9 f. 78).
1708 19 April Wemyss, Earl of (N); Churchill, G. (N); Hill, R.; Paget, Hon. H.; Fairborne, Sir S. (N); Leake, Sir J. (N) (ibid. f. 155).
1708 20 June Wemyss, Earl of (N); Churchill, G. (N); Hill, R.; Paget, Hon. H.; Leake, Sir J. (N); Wishart, Sir J. (N); Fairfax, R. (N) (ibid. f. 171).
COUNCIL OF THE DUKE OF CLARENCE
1827 2 May Johnstone Hope, Sir W. (N); Cockburn, Sir G. (N); Douglas, W. R. K.; Denison, J. E. (SPB, xiv f. 1).
1828 4 Feb. Johnstone Hope, Sir W. (N); Cockburn, Sir G. (N); Clerk, Sir G.; Brecknock, Earl of (ibid.).
1828 12 March Cockburn, Sir G. (N); Clerk, Sir G.; Brecknock, Earl of; Owen, Sir E. W. C. R. (N) (ibid.).

Footnotes

1 Letters patent to Prince George 20 May 1702 (C 66/3424), 10 June 1704 (C 66/3445), 28 June 1707 (C 66/3462); D. B. Smith, 'The Lord High Admiral's Council', Mariner's Mirror, xvii (1931), 181-2.
2 Letters patent to Duke of Clarence, 2 May 1827 (C 66/4319); 7 & 8 Geo. IV, c 65, s 4.
3 SPB, i f. 1; order in council 10 May 1827 (PC 2/208 pp. 229-30).
4 Warrant not traced; appointment dated approximately from Admiralty minutes.
5 Warrant not traced; appointment dated approximately from declared accounts, Treasurer of Navy.
6 Reappointed following the union with Scotland.