A notable office in British government between the 16th and early 19th centuries, the Treasurer of the Navy was responsible for the financial maintenance of the Royal Navy. The office was a political appointment, and frequently was held by up and coming young politicians who would later go on to hold more important positions. The post was abolished in 1836.
Entering the navy at an early age, he attained a high reputation as a naval officer, and in 1626 was appointed by Charles I as Joint Governor of the island of Jersey.
On the commencement of the Civil War he retired from the navy, and withdrew with his family to Jersey, but subsequently returned to aid the projects of the royalists.
He afterwards, on the ruin of the royal cause, afforded an asylum to the Prince of Wales and other refugees of distinction within his government of Jersey where he served as Bailiff 1643-1651, and defended the island against the Parliamentarians, Elizabeth Castle being the last fortress that lowered the royal banner.
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