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The Admiralty was first put in commission in 1628. It was always in commission from 1709 to 1964, except for a brief period in 1827-28.

Name Entered office Left office Party Notes

The Lord Weston later
The Earl of Portland

1628 1635
The Earl of Lindsey 1635 1636

William Juxon, Bishop of Lincoln

1636 1638
The Earl of Northumberland 1642 1643
The Lord Cottington 1643 1646
Prince Rupert of the Rhine 9 July 1673 14 May 1679
Sir Henry Capell 14 May 1679 19 February 1681

Daniel Finch later
Lord Finch later
The Earl of Nottingham

19 February 1681 19 May 1684 Tory

Arthur Herbert later
The Earl of Torrington

8 March 1689 20 January 1690 Whig
The Earl of Pembroke 20 January 1690 10 March 1692 Tory
The Lord Cornwallis 10 March 1692 15 April 1693
The Viscount Falkland 15 April 1693 2 May 1694 Whig
Edward Russell later
The Earl of Orford
2 May 1694 31 May 1699 Whig
The Earl of Bridgewater 31 May 1699 19 March 1701 Whig
The Earl of Pembroke 4 April 1701 26 January 1702 Tory
The Earl of Orford 8 November 1709 4 October 1710 Whig
Sir John Leake 4 October 1710 30 September 1713 senior member of the commission, but refused title of First Lord
The Earl of Strafford 30 September 1713 September 1714
The Earl of Orford 14 October 1714 16 April 1717 Whig
The Earl of Berkeley 16 April 1717 2 August 1727 Whig
The Viscount Torrington 2 August 1727 21 June 1733 Whig
Sir Charles Wager 21 June 1733 19 March 1742 Whig
The Earl of Winchilsea 19 March 1742 27 December 1744 Whig
The Duke of Bedford 27 December 1744 26 February 1748 Whig
The Earl of Sandwich 26 February 1748 22 June 1751 Whig
The Lord Anson 22 June 1751 17 November 1756 Whig
The Earl Temple 17 November 1756 6 April 1757 Whig
The Earl of Winchilsea 6 April 1757 2 July 1757 Whig
The Lord Anson 2 July 1757 17 June 1762 Whig
The Earl of Halifax 17 June 1762 18 October 1762 Whig
George Grenville 18 October 1762 20 April 1763 Whig
The Earl of Sandwich 20 April 1763 16 September 1763 Whig
The Earl of Egmont 16 September 1763 15 September 1766 Whig
Sir Charles Saunders 15 September 1766 11 December 1766
Sir Edward Hawke 11 December 1766 12 January 1771
The Earl of Sandwich 12 January 1771 27 March 1782 Tory
Augustus Keppel later
The Viscount Keppel
1 April 1782 30 January 1783 Whig
The Viscount Howe 30 January 1783 10 April 1783
The Viscount Keppel 10 April 1783 31 December 1783 Whig
The Viscount Howe 31 December 1783 16 July 1788
The Earl of Chatham 16 July 1788 19 December 1794 Tory
The Earl Spencer 19 December 1794 19 February 1801 Portland Whig
The Earl of St. Vincent 19 February 1801 15 May 1804 Tory
The Viscount Melville 15 May 1804 2 May 1805 Tory
The Lord Barham 2 May 1805 10 February 1806 Tory
Charles Grey later
Viscount Howick
10 February 1806 29 Septembr 1806 Whig
Thomas Grenville 29 September 1806 31 March 1807 Whig
The Lord Mulgrave 6 April 1807 4 May 1810 Tory
Charles Philip Yorke 4 May 1810 25 March 1812 Tory
The Viscount Melville 25 March 1812 8 April 1827 Tory
The Viscount Melville 19 September 1828 22 November 1830 Tory
Sir James Graham, Bt. 22 November 1830 11 June 1834 Whig
The Lord Auckland 11 June 1834 14 November 1834 Whig
The Earl de Grey 15 December 1834 8 April 1835 Conservative
The Lord Auckland 25 April 1835 19 September 1835 Whig
The Earl of Minto 19 September 1835 30 August 1841 Whig
The Earl of Haddington 8 September 1841 13 January 1846 Conservative
The Earl of Ellenborough 13 January 1846 13 July 1846 Conservative
The Earl of Auckland 13 July 1846 18 January 1849 Whig
Sir Francis Baring, Bt. 18 January 1849 27 February 1852 Whig
The Duke of Northumberland 27 February 1852 23 December 1852 Conservative
Sir James Graham, Bt. 5 January 1853 8 March 1855 Peelite
Sir Charles Wood, Bt. 8 March 1855 21 February 1858 Whig
Sir John Pakington, Bt. 8 March 1858 11 June 1859 Conservative
The Duke of Somerset 27 June 1859 26 June 1866 Liberal
Sir John Pakington, Bt. 12 July 1866 8 March 1867 Conservative
Henry Lowry-Corry 8 March 1867 1 December 1868 Conservative
Hugh Culling Eardley Childers 9 December 1868 24 March 1871 Liberal
George Joachim Goschen 24 March 1871 17 February 1874 Liberal
George Ward Hunt 21 February 1874 14 August 1877 Conservative
William Henry Smith 14 August 1877 21 April 1880 Conservative
The Earl of Northbrook 28 April 1880 9 June 1885 Liberal
Lord George Hamilton 24 June 1885 28 January 1886 Conservative
The Marquess of Ripon 9 February 1886 20 July 1886 Liberal
Lord George Hamilton 9 August 1886 11 August 1892 Conservative
The Earl Spencer 19 August 1892 21 June 1895 Liberal
George Joachim Goschen 29 June 1895 12 November 1900 Liberal Unionist
The Earl of Selborne 12 November 1900 27 March 1905 Liberal Unionist
The Earl Cawdor 27 March 1905 4 December 1905 Conservative
The Lord Tweedmouth 10 December 1905 12 April 1908 Liberal
Reginald McKenna 12 April 1908 23 October 1911 Liberal
Winston Churchill 23 October 1911 25 May 1915 Liberal
Arthur Balfour 25 May 1915 5 December 1916 Unionist
Sir Edward Carson 10 December 1916 17 July 1917 Unionist
Sir Eric Campbell Geddes 17 July 1917 10 January 1919 Unionist
Walter Hume Long 10 January 1919 13 February 1921 Unionist
The Lord Lee of Fareham 13 February 1921 19 October 1922 Unionist
Leo Amery 24 October 1922 22 January 1924 Conservative
The Viscount Chelmsford 22 January 1924 3 November 1924 Labour
William Clive Bridgeman 6 November 1924 4 June 1929 Conservative
Albert Victor Alexander 7 June 1929 24 August 1931 Labour
Sir Austen Chamberlain 25 August 1931 5 November 1931 Conservative
Sir Bolton Eyres-Monsell 5 November 1931 5 June 1936 Conservative
Sir Samuel Hoare, Bt. 5 June 1936 28 May 1937 Conservative
Duff Cooper 28 May 1937 27 October 1938 Conservative
The Earl Stanhope 27 October 1938 3 September 1939 Conservative
Winston Churchill 3 September 1939 10 May 1940 Conservative
Albert Victor Alexander 11 May 1940 23 May 1945 Labour
Brendan Bracken 25 May 1945 26 July 1945 Conservative
Albert Victor Alexander 3 August 1945 4 October 1946 Labour
The Viscount Hall 4 October 1946 24 May 1951 Labour
Lord Pakenham 24 May 1951 13 October 1951 Labour
James Thomas 13 October 1951 2 September 1956 Conservative
The Viscount Hailsham 2 September 1956 16 January 1957 Conservative
The Earl of Selkirk 16 January 1957 16 October 1959 Conservative
The Lord Carrington 16 October 1959 22 October 1963 Conservative
The Earl Jellicoe 22 October 1963 1 April 1964 Conservative

The office was abolished after 1964.

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