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Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), Diarist and naval administrator

Sitter in 11 portraits
Famous for his diaries, Pepys was an important naval administrator, and was appointed Clerk of the Acts and Clerk of the Privy Seal in 1660, Surveyor-General of the Victualling in 1665 and Secretary of the Admiralty in 1673. He fell from favour in 1679 and again in 1689, and spent brief periods in the Tower. His Diary, a unique social document, written in shorthand, was begun on 1 January 1660 and ends in 1669 when Pepys believed, mistakenly, that he was going blind.