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Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4: Admiralty Officials 1660-1870
'Counsel 1673-1870', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4: Admiralty Officials 1660-1870 (1975), pp. 78. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=16688 Date accessed: 22 September 2014.
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This office, to which appointments were made by Admiralty warrant, was created in
1673.1 Originally it was attached to the Navy Board only. It was not until 1696 that
the Counsel was formally deputed to act for the Admiralty as well.2 However, in the
interests of continuity the earlier holders of the office have been included in these lists.
The office was discontinued in 1679, as a result of the decision to retrench naval
expenditure, but was revived in 1685.3 Until 1696 the Counsel was empowered to
appoint a Solicitor with a salary of £5.4 The salary of the Counsel which was originally
£20, was raised to £100 in 1703.5 From 1824 the office was held concurrently with
that of Judge Advocate of the Fleet.
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