Naval Executive Ranks Admiral, Lord Admiral, and Great Admiral

By R. Massie Blomfield, published April 1912


Of Arabic origin, the word Admiral is first noted in an English document in a late 11th-century account of the Norman conquest of Sicily. It is not until the end of the 13th century that the term is used to designate a British official. In 1406 the rank of Lord High Admiral became one of the great Offices of State. From the reign of Edward VI until the early 19th century it became hereditary. The history of the associated offices of Vice-Admiral of England (or of the United Kingdom) and of Lieutenant of the Admiralty is also described.

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Filed under: Late Middle Ages | High Middle Ages | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
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