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Vice Admiral of South Wales
Country  United Kingdom
Branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Type Naval administration
Role Flag of the Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom.svg Admiralty court
and Naval Jurisdiction.

The Vice-Admiral of South Wales was responsible for the coastal defence of South Wales.

History[edit | edit source]

As a vice-admiral, the post holder was the chief of naval administration for his district. His responsibilities included pressing men for naval service, deciding the lawfulness of prizes (captured by privateers), dealing with salvage claims for wrecks and acting as a judge.

In 1863 the registrar of the Admiralty Court stated that the offices had 'for many years been purely honorary' (HCA 50/24 pp. 235-6). Appointments were made by the Lord High Admiral when this officer existed. When the admiralty was in commission appointments were made by the crown by letters patent under the seal of the admiralty court.[1]

Vice-admirals of South Wales[edit | edit source]

Source (1559–1560):[2]

Source (1660–1754):[3]

  • 1559–1570 William Herbert
  • 1574 David Lewes
  • 1576 Sir Nicholas Herbert
Cardigan, Carmarthen and Pembroke
Cardigan, Carmarthen, Glamorgan and Pembroke

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Vice Admirals of the Coasts from 1660,". Institute of Historical Research, University of London, March 2016. Archived from the original on 2006-09-28. https://web.archive.org/web/20060928175749/http://www.history.ac.uk/office/viceadmirals.html. 
  2. "Vice Admirals of the Coasts 1558–1660". Institute of Historical Research. http://www.history.ac.uk/office/viceadmirals2.html. Retrieved 15 February 2019. 
  3. "Vice Admirals of the Coasts from 1660". Institute of Historical Research. http://www.history.ac.uk/office/viceadmirals.html. Retrieved 13 February 2019. 
  4. "HERBERT family, earls of Pembroke (second creation)". Dictionary of Welsh Biography. https://biography.wales/article/s-HERB-PEN-1501. Retrieved 14 February 2019. 

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