Resident Commissioner Portsmouth

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Office of the Resident Commissioner of the Navy at Chatham
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Member ofNavy Board (1649–1829)
Reports toComptroller of the Navy
NominatorFirst Lord of the Admiralty
AppointerPrime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the King-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed
Inaugural holderLieutenant William Willoughby
Formation1649–1829

The Resident Commissioner at Portsmouth was the chief representative of the Navy Board based at Portsmouth Dockyard. He was senior official of the yard responsible for the supervision of the principal officers of the yard from 1649 until 1829.[1]

Office Holders

Incomplete list of post holders included:[2]

  • Captain William Willoughby, 13 March 1649 – 30 March 1651
  • Vice-Admiral Robert Moulton, 4 May 1651 – 22 September 1652
  • Captain Francis Willoughby, 22 September 1652 – 10 November 1664
  • Captain Thomas Middleton, 10 November 1664 – 30 September 1675
  • Rear-Admiral Sir John Kempthorne, 30 September 1675 – 22 October 1679
  • Rear-Admiral Richard Beach, 22 October 1679 – 26 March 1689
  • Captain Thomas Wilshaw, 26 March 1689 – December 1693
  • Captain Henry Greenhill, 26 March 1695 – 1702[3]
  • Captain Sir William Gifford, 18 June 1702 – 14 January 1705
  • Captain Isaac Townsend, 14 January 1705 – 17 May 1713,
  • Captain Isaac Townsend, 17 May 1713 – May 1729, (jointly with Seymour)
  • Captain Sir Michael Seymour, 14 January 1729 – 28 June 1732, (jointly with Townsend, then Hughes)
  • Captain Richard Hughes, 5 May 1729 – 12 February 1754, (jointly with Seymour)
  • Captain Sir Richard Hughes, 12 February 1754 – 25 August 1773
  • Commodore James Gambier, 25 August 1773 – 26 January 1778
  • Captain Samuel Hood, 26 January 1778 – 30 September 1780
  • Captain Henry Martin, 30 September 1780 – 13 March 1790
  • Captain Sir Charles Saxton, 13 March 1790 – July 1806
  • Captain Sir George Grey, July 1806 – January 1829

Footnotes

  1. "Research guide B5: Royal Naval Dockyards". Royal Museums Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site In London. Greenwich, London: Royal Museums Greewich. 11 June 2002. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  2. Harrison, Simon. "Resident Commissioner at Portsmouth Dockyard". threedecks.org. S. Harrison, 2010-2016. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  3. "Commissioners at Portsmouth Dockyard (1649–1832)". History In Portsmouth.

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