Between 1672 and 1696 the Counsel to the Navy Board was empowered to employ
a Solicitor with a salary of £5. (fn. 1) In 1692 a distinct office, that of Solicitor for the affairs
of the Admiralty and Navy, was appointed by Admiralty warrant with a salary of
£100. This office was not filled after 1699. (fn. 2)
In 1703 the office of Assistant to the Admiralty Counsel was created with a salary
of £400. (fn. 3) It was conferred upon an individual who had in the previous year been
appointed to the new office of Solicitor of Admiralty Droits. (fn. 4) Thereafter these two
offices, to which appointments were made by Admiralty warrant, were held concurrently. Their holder was generally referred to as Solicitor rather than Assistant
Counsel and this practice has been followed in these lists.
In 1828 the duties of the office were extended and its holder officially designated
Solicitor to the Admiralty. At the same time all the fees previously enjoyed by the
Solicitor were abolished and he was accorded a salary of £1500 together with an annual
allowance of £1000 for Clerks. A further allowance of £100 was made available in
1831. (fn. 5)
LIST OF APPOINTMENTS
||Robson, W. F.
||Skirrow, C. F.
||Bristow, A. R.
||For this office, see Corbett MS, v pp. 144-9. See also p. 78.
||SPB, i f. 20; Adm. 2/180 pp. 45-6.
||SPB, i f. 20.
||Admiralty warrant 18 June 1702 (HCA 50/7 f. 154). From 1715 this office was known as that of
Comptroller and Solicitor of Admiralty Droits (HCA 50/8 f. 197). The salary attached to it was £200
payable by the Receiver of Droits (3rd Rept. on Fees, 122-3).
||Adm. 12/245, 27 Dec. 1827; SPB, xiv f. 16.