Gilbert Wardlow’s Allegations

By Commander R.D. Merriman RIN, published May 1952


The article relates to an inquiry that followed allegations to the Admiralty Board made by Gilbert Wardlow who was dismissed as a clerk in the Navy Office in 1699. His allegations concerned the use of contingency funds to settle amounts owed to favoured suppliers who otherwise would have had to wait some time for payment. He also accused staff of the Navy Office of using public funds for private purposes and he detailed a long list of instances of extravagance in purchase of commodities. The Navy Board made a lengthy and robust reply and there followed some acrimonious correspondence between the two Boards before the matter was resolved with the complete exoneration of the Navy Board.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Navies

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