Vice-Admiral of the coast of County Durham

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Vice Admiral of Durham
Active 1559-1835.
Country  United Kingdom
Branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Type Naval administration
Role Flag of the Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom.svg Admiralty court
and Naval Jurisdiction.

The Vice-Admiral of the coast of Durham [1] was responsible for the defence County Durham, England.


As a Vice-Admiral, the post holder was the chief of naval administration for his district. His responsibilities included pressing men for naval service, deciding the lawfulness of prizes (captured by privateers), dealing with salvage claims for wrecks and acting as a judge.

The earliest record of an appointment was of Reginald Beseley in 1559.

In 1863 the Registrar of the Admiralty Court stated that the offices had 'for many years been purely honorary' (HCA 50/24 pp. 235-6). Appointments were made by the Lord High Admiral when this officer existed. When the admiralty was in commission appointments were made by the crown by letters patent under the seal of the admiralty court.[2]

Vice-Admirals of Durham[edit]

Historical offices of Durham

Lord Lieutenant
Deputy Lieutenant


High Sheriff
Custos Rotulorum



This is a list of people who have served as Vice-Admiral of Durham.


  1. ^ Admiralty, Great Britain (22 Jul 2005). The Navy List. H.M. Stationery Office, 1814, Original from the University of Michigan, Digitized. p. 130. 
  2. ^ "Vice Admirals of the Coasts from 1660,". Institute of Historical Research, University of London, March 2016. 

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