Vice-Admiral of Cheshire

Vice Admiral of Cheshire
Active 1559-1835.
Country  United Kingdom
Branch Royal Navy
Type Naval administration
Role Admiralty court
and Naval Jurisdiction.

The holder of the post Vice-Admiral of Cheshire [1] was responsible for the defence County of Cheshire, England. 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 pirate ships), dealing with salvage claims for wrecks and acting as a judge.


The earliest record of an appointment was of Edward Stanley, 3rd Earl of Derby bef. 1569–1572

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 Cheshire

This is a list of people who have served as Vice-Admiral of Cheshire.


  1. Innes, Anne; Innes, Eliza; Innes, Maria (1843). The Peerage of the British Empire as at Present Existing: Arranged and Printed from the Personal Communications of the Nobility. Saunders and Otley, Original from Harvard University, Digitized,1 Aug 2007. p. 122.
  2. "Vice Admirals of the Coasts from 1660,". Institute of Historical Research, University of London, March 2016.
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