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In the cases of Prince George (1702-8) and the Duke of Clarence (1827-8) provision was made for the appointment of a Council to assist and advise the Lord High Admiral in the conduct of the business of the office. In 1702 Prince George was authorised to appoint a Council consisting of not more than five Members who were to hold office during his pleasure; in 1704 the limit was raised to seven. At first there were three naval officers amongst the Members; after 1704 there were usually five. In May 1827 the Duke of Clarence was authorised to appoint a Council of not more than four Members to hold office during his pleasure; in July of the same year the right of appointment was transferred from the Lord High Admiral to the crown. This Council was composed of two naval and two civil Members. The salaries of the Members of both Councils were fixed at £1000.
'Members of the Council of the Lord High Admiral 1702-8; 1827-8', in Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4, Admiralty Officials 1660-1870, ed. J C Sainty (London, 1975), pp. 32-33. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/office-holders/vol4/pp32-33 [accessed 13 July 2016].
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