Admiral of the South

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Office of the Admiral of the South
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Southern Admiralty
Reports toPrivy Council of England,
NominatorMonarch of England
AppointerMonarch of England
Subject to formal approval by the King-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed , (usually for life)
Inaugural holderAdmiral Sir William de Leybourne
Formation1294-1306, 1325-1326

The Admiral of the South also known as Admiral of the Southern Fleet was a senior English Navy appointment. The post holder was chiefly responsible for administering the Southern Admiralty and the command of the navy's Southern Fleet that operated in the English Channel out of Portsmouth from 1294 to 1326.

History

The origins of the office Admiral of the South [1] dates back to 1294 with the appointment of William de Leybourne. The office was known by different names from its inception, such as Admiral of the South on the Portsmouth Station (1294–-1325),[2] Admiral of the Southern Sea, Admiral of the Southern Fleet this command existed only briefly for a period of about ten years. In 1326 the office was merged with that of the Admiral of the West.[2]

The first royal commission as Admiral to a naval officer was granted in 1303. By 1344 it was only used as a rank at sea for a captain in charge of a fleet or fleets.[3]

Office Holders

Includes:[2]

No appointments 1311 – 1325


No appointments after 1326 the office is merged with the office of Admiral of the West [4] after the merger of this office later appointees were occasionally styled as Admiral to the West and to the South.

References

  1. Durston, Gregory (2017). The Admiralty Sessions, 1536-1834: Maritime Crime and the Silver Oar. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. p. 4. ISBN 9781443873611.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Houbraken, Jacobus; Thoyras, Paul de Rapin; Vertue, George (1747). The History of England, A List of Admirals of England, 1228–1745. J. and P. Knapton. p. 271.
  3. "History of Naval Ranks and Rates". www.navymuseum.co.nz. National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy. 10 November 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Clowes, Sir William Laird; Clowes, William Laird; Markham, Sir Clements Robert (1996). "Military History of the Navy, 1154-1399". The Royal Navy: A History from the Earliest Times to the Present: Volume I. Chatham Pub. pp. 160–303. ISBN 9781861760104.

Bibliography

  1. Clowes, Sir William Laird; Clowes, William Laird; Markham, Sir Clements Robert (1996). "Military History of the Navy, 1154-1399". The Royal Navy: A History from the Earliest Times to the Present: Volume I. Chatham Pub. ISBN 9781861760104.
  2. Durston, Gregory (2017). The Admiralty Sessions, 1536-1834: Maritime Crime and the Silver Oar. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 9781443873611.
  3. Houbraken, Jacobus; Thoyras, Paul de Rapin; Vertue, George (1747). The History of England, A List of Admirals of England, 1228–1745. J. and P. Knapton.
  4. "History of Naval Ranks and Rates". www.navymuseum.co.nz. National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy. 10 November 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2019.