Second Secretary to the Admiralty

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The office of Second Secretary to the Admiralty was a former government position in the Admiralty of Great Britain and later of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Assistants to the Secretary of the Admiralty (later called the First Secretary) were initially only intermittently appointed, being sometimes designated "joint secretary" and sometimes "deputy secretary". Appointments became regular from 1756, and the title of the office was established as "Second Secretary" on 13 January 1783.[1] In the 19th century, it increasingly became the case that the First Secretary of the Admiralty was a member of the Government, while the Second Secretary was a civil servant, and the titles of the offices were changed to reflect this in 1869, the First Secretary becoming the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty and the Second Secretary the Permanent Secretary to the Admiralty.


  • George Clarke, joint secretary, 20 May 1702 to 25 October 1705.
  • Thomas Corbett, deputy secretary, later joint secretary, 25 June 1728 to 13 October 1742.
  • Robert Osborne, deputy secretary from 17 November 1744.
  • John Cleveland, second secretary, 4 August 1746 to 1 May 1750.
  • John Milnes, deputy secretary from 15 June 1756.
  • Philip Stephens, second secretary from 16 October 1759.
  • Charles Fearne, deputy secretary from 28 June 1764.
  • Sir George Jackson, deputy secretary from 11 November 1766.

Second Secretary[edit]

Title established as Second Secretary in January 1783.

Permanent Secretary[edit]

In 1869 the office was renamed Permanent Secretary to the Admiralty.

The office was abolished in 1877 and the duties merged with those of the Naval Secretary.

Naval Secretary[edit]

New post established in 1872.

The post was abolished in 1882 when that of Permanent Secretary was re-established.

Permanent Secretary[edit]


  1. ^ Haydn, Joseph; Ockerby, Horace (1890). The Book of Dignities; containing Lists of the Official Personages of the British Empire, Civil, Diplomatic, Heraldic, Judicial, Ecclesiastical, Municipal, Naval, and Military, From the Earliest Periods to the Present Time. London: W. H. Allen & Co. p. 187. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Hall, Robert (1817–1882), naval officer". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/11984.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ a b c d e f David Butler and Gareth Butler, Twentieth Century British Political Facts (Macmillan, 2000) p. 301.