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ADMIRAL, n. A sense now obs., since the abolition of the Court of Admiralty, is that of the High Admiral, or Great Admiral, of Scotland, and his Deputies, exercising the jurisdiction of that Court. Sc. 1681 Act of Parl. in Alexander's Abridgement of Acts Parl. Scot. (1841) 318:
His Majesty . . . Prohibits and Discharges all other Judges to meddle with the decision of any of the saids causes in the first instance, except the Great Admiral, and his Deputs allennarly.
Sc. 1824 Cases dec. in C. of Session ed. Shaw II. 165:
Craig having charged Dowie on a decree of the Admiral-depute of Leith, the latter presented a bill of suspension [etc.].

[Fr. amiral; Arabic, amir al(bahr) = prince of the (sea).]

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