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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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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. 1733 P. Lindsay Interest Scot. 209:
The High Admiral has a Depute that attends this Fishing, to keep the Peace, and to preserve good Order amongst them.
Sc. 1801 Edb. Weekly Jnl. (7-14 Jan.):
His Majesty has been most graciously pleased to appoint me Justiciary Bailie, or what is termed by the Fishermen, a Fishing Admiral, for the east coast of Scotland. . . . Mr William Laidlaw, writer in Dumfries, Admiral Substitute within the bounds, from the south side of the water of Cree, in Galloway, to the borders of England.
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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