Clerk Comptroller of the Navy

From Naval History Archive
Jump to navigationJump to search
Office of the Clerk Comptroller of the Navy
Flag of the Council of the Marine 1545 to 1578.gif
Admiralty Office
Member ofOffices of the Clerks of the Kings Marine, Council of the Marine
Reports toHigh Admiral of England
NominatorHigh Admiral of England
AppointerMonarch
Subject to formal approval by the King-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed
Inaugural holderCaptain, John Hopton
Formation1512-1642

The Clerk Comptroller of the Navy [1] was originally one of the individual Offices of the Clerks of the Kings Marine consisting of four officials individually responsible for the civil administration of the Navy Royal. By 1545 he was a principal member of the Council of the Marine. At the outset of the English Civil War in 1642 the post was abolished. In 1660 the post was revived under a new title the Comptroller of the Navy but now a principal officer of the Navy Board.

History

The post was originally created in 1512 during the reign of Henry VIII of England as one his clerks of his marine forces, the post holder was sometimes styled as the Clerk Comptroller. In 1545 these individual clerks were brought together in a committee called the Council of the Marine. In 1660 the title was changed to Comptroller of the Navy when the council was renamed the Navy Board. The Comptroller was mainly responsible for all naval spending from money he received from the Treasurer of Marine Causes.[2] The comptroller was based at the Navy Office.

Office holders

Included:[3]

  1. Captain, John Hopton, 1512-1524 [4]
  2. Vice-Admiral, Sir Thomas Spert, 1524-1540 [5]
  3. Captain, John Osborne, 1540-1545 [6]
  4. Captain, William Broke, 1545-1561 [7]
  5. Vice-Admiral, William Holstocke, and Rear-Admiral, William Broke (1561–1580) jointly.[8]
  6. William Borough, 1580–1598
  7. Sir Henry Palmer, 1598–1611
  8. Sir, Guylford Slingsby, 1611–1631
  9. Sir Henry Palmer, 1632–1641
  10. Vice-Admiral, George Carteret, 1st Baronet, 1641–1642

References

  1. Childs, David (2009). Tudor Sea Power: The Foundation of Greatness. Seaforth Publishing. p. 298. ISBN 9781473819924.
  2. Collinge, J. M. "Principal officers and commissioners, Navy Board, British History Online". www.british-history.ac.uk. University of London, 1978. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  3. Childs, David (2009). Tudor Sea Power: The Foundation of Greatness. Seaforth Publishing. p. 298. ISBN 9781473819924.
  4. "Childs 298"
  5. "Childs 298"
  6. "Childs 298"
  7. "Childs 298"
  8. Sainty, J. C. (January 2003). "Navy Comptroller c. 1546-1639 | Institute of Historical Research". www.history.ac.uk. London: University of London. Retrieved 22 June 2019.