The Lord High Admiral and the Board of Admiralty
“Lord High Admiral” dates from Elizabeth I’s reign. Outlined here are the periods from then until 1709 when either a single person held this office, or when in contrast it was entrusted to a group of Commissioners; and summarises what is known of the responsibilities and perks suggested or agreed. In 1684-5 (and in practice for a few weeks in 1673) Charles II was his own Lord High Admiral, as was James II until his abdication. When there were Commissioners, they were however still a body working together, and not yet heads of department working independently and occasionally meeting.