Commissioners for Old Accounts

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Office of the Commissioners for Old Accounts
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Navy Office
Member ofNavy Board (1686-1688)
AppointerPrime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the King-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed
Formation1696-1688

The Commissioners for Old Accounts were one of three groups as part of a special commission set up by the Secretary to the Admiralty on 17 April 1686 to deal with a crisis in naval administration at the Navy Office, the special commission temporarily replaced the Navy Board until October 1688.[1][2]

History

The policy of retrenchment produced a decline in efficiency and morale in all branches of naval administration led to a crisis in naval administration, and in 1686 King, James II and his Admiralty Secretary, Pepys, were compelled to take special measures to remedy the declining condition of the fleet and to deal with the arrears of business which had accrued.[3] A Special Commission was set up to take over the work of the Navy Board consisting of twelve commissioners, who's duties were defined on different lines,[4] were appointed appointed for a period of three years to conduct the current business , old accounts and examining accounts incurred of the Navy at an annual expenditure of £400,000.[5] They were empowered to appoint a Secretary and a staff of Clerks and to fix their salaries, provided that their total remuneration did not exceed the amount hitherto paid to the Navy Board's officials.[6]

Office Holders

Included:[7]

  1. 1686-1688, Sir. J, Tippetts.
  2. 1686-1688, Sir. R. Haddock.
  3. 1686-1688, J. Sotherne.

Footnotes

  1. Collinge, J.M. (1978). "Principal officers and commissioners British History Online". www.british-history.ac.uk. London: University of London. pp. 18–25. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  2. Ehrman, John (2012). The Navy in the War of William III 1689-1697: Its State and Direction. Oxford: Cambridge University Press. p. 184. ISBN 9781107645110.
  3. Collinge. pp.18-25.
  4. Ehrman. p.184.
  5. Collinge. pp.18-25.
  6. Collinge. pp.18-25.
  7. Collinge. pp.18-25.

Bibliography

  1. Collinge, J.M. (1978). "Principal officers and commissioners British History Online". www.british-history.ac.uk. London: University of London. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  2. Ehrman, John (2012). The Navy in the War of William III 1689-1697: Its State and Direction. Oxford: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107645110.