Samuel Pepys

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Samuel Pepys painted by J. Hayls in 1666
Samuel Pepys, (1633 - 1703) was Clerk of Acts to the Navy Board from 1660 to 1673 when he was promoted to be Secretary to the Admiralty. He held that position until 1689 when James II was deposed and Pepys lost his royal patronage. He is most famous because of his diary written from 1660 to 1669 which details his daily life and activities during the turbulent Restoration. He was also Member of Parliament for Harwich for ten years.

As a naval administrator, Pepys was very able and diligent and set up many of the administrative processes that were still in place over a century later at the time of the Canon.

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