Vice-Admiral of the coast of Dorset

The Vice-Admiral of Dorset[1] was responsible for the defence County of Dorset, England.

Vice Admiral of Dorset
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Navy
TypeNaval administration
Role Admiralty court
and Naval Jurisdiction.

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.[2]

Vice Admirals of Dorset

This is a list of people who have been Vice-Admiral of Dorset.


  1. Admiralty, Great Britain (22 Jul 2005). The Navy List. H.M. Stationery Office, 1814, Original from the University of Michigan, Digitized. p. 130.
  2. "Vice Admirals of the Coasts from 1660,". Institute of Historical Research, University of London, March 2016. Archived from the original on 2006-09-28.
  3. "STRANGWAYS, Sir Giles I (1486-1546), of Melbury Sampford, Dorset". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  4.  Fowler, Thomas; Mitchell, John Malcolm (1911). "Shaftesbury, Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of". In Chisholm, Hugh (ed.). Encyclopædia Britannica. 24 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 763–765 (763).
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