Secretary to the Admiralty

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United Kingdom
Office of the Secretary to the Admiralty
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Ministry of Defence
Style The Right Honourable
(Formal prefix)
Secretary to the Admiralty
Member of British Cabinet
Board of Admiralty
Seat Westminster, London
Appointer The British Monarch
on advice of the Prime Minister
Term length No fixed term
Formation 1652-1959
First holder Robert Blackborne
Final holder Charles Ian Orr-Ewing

The office of Secretary to the Admiralty or (from the mid-18th century) First Secretary to the Admiralty was formerly an important position within the department of the Admiralty of the United Kingdom, which was responsible for the government of the Royal Navy.

In 1870, the office of First Secretary was renamed Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty, while the office of Second Secretary to the Admiralty was renamed Permanent Secretary to the Admiralty. In 1886, the Parliamentary Secretary was renamed Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty.

From 1930, the Parliamentary and Financial Secretary served as Civil Lord to the Board of Admiralty. The office became vacant in 1959, and ministerial offices were reorganised when the Admiralty was merged into the Ministry of Defence in 1964, with the creation of a Minister of State and Under-Secretary of State for the Navy.

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(First) Secretary to the Admiralty[edit]

Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty[edit]

Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty[edit]

office vacant from 16 October 1959


  1. ^ Tomalin, Claire (2002). Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 


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