Lieutenant of the Admiralty
|Office of the Lieutenant of the Admiralty|
Ensign of the Royal Navy
|Department of the Admiralty|
|Member of||Navy Board (1546–1564)|
|Nominator||First Sea Lord|
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
|Term length||Not fixed (usually for life)|
The Lieutenant of the Admiralty is a now honorary office generally held by a senior retired Royal Navy admiral. He is the official deputy to the Lord High Admiral, an office vested in Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh since 2011. He is appointed by the Sovereign on the nomination of the First Sea Lord.
The Lieutenant of the Admiralty (or Lieutenant-Admiral) is first found in about the middle of the 15th century, as the Deputy or Assistant to the Lord High Admiral of England. In 1545 the Lieutenant of the Admiralty presided over the Council of the Marine. In 1546, when the Navy Board was formed, the Lieutenant of the Admiralty was appointed as its Head, but this ceased in 1564 when the Treasurer of the Navy became the Head of the Board .. The post was revived in 1604 when it appears to have been given as a mark of honourable distinction - with a salary of -£100p.a., including two clerks and certain travelling expenses. In 1672 the post of Lieutenant of the Admiralty was merged into that of Vice-Admiral of England until 1707. The title became part of the office of the Vice-Admiral of Great Britain until 1800. From 1801 the office was joined with that of Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom, and was the second most powerful position in the Royal Navy.
List of lieutenants of the admiralty
Note: Incomplete list
- Sir Thomas Clere 1545-1552 
- Sir William Woodhouse 1552-1564 
- Sir Richard Leveson 1604-1605 
- Sir Francis Howard 1616-1618 (resigned office) 
- Sir Robert Mansell 1618-?
- Henry FitzRoy, Duke of Grafton, 1663-1672 
Office is merged with Vice Admiral of England in 1672.
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- "WOODHOUSE, Sir William (by 1517-64), of Hickling, Norf. | History of Parliament Online". historyofparliamentonline.org. The History of Parliament Trust 1964-2017. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
- "LEVESON, Sir Richard (1570-1605), of Lilleshall Lodge, Salop; Trentham and Parton, Staffs. and Bethnal Green, Mdx. | History of Parliament Online". historyofparliamentonline.org. The History of Parliament Trust 1964-2017. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
- "HOWARD, Sir Francis (1585-1651), of Sayes Court, Chertsey and Eastwick House, Great Bookham, Surr. | History of Parliament Online". historyofparliamentonline.org. The History of Parliament Trust 1964-2017. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
- Roy, Almeric William Fitz (2010). Henry, duke of Grafton, 1663-1690, vice-admiral of England and lieutenant of the admiralty, navies and seas of England, master of the Trinity house, colonel of the 1st regiment of footguards. Nabu Press. p. 2. ISBN 9781176659858.
- Rodger, N.A.M. (1979). The Admiralty. Offices of State. Terence Dalton Ltd, Lavenham. Suffolk. England.