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Supernumerary Clerks 1736-1805

Pages 40-41

Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 1, Treasury Officials 1660-1870. Originally published by University of London, London, 1972.

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Supernumerary Clerks 1736-1805

Supernumerary Clerks were those who were appointed with the expectation, whether express or implied, of being placed on the establishment, usually on the basis of seniority as vacancies occurred. At first the Clerks in question were described in the records of the Treasury indifferently as 'Supernumerary' or 'Extraordinary'. The term supernumerary has been used throughout these lists in order to avoid confusion with the distinct class of Extra Clerks which emerged after 1777.

In the accounts of the fees for the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries the names of certain Clerks appear before they begin to receive salaries which suggests that they may have started their careers as supernumeraries. (fn. 1) However, the first record in the minutes of the appointment of Supernumerary Clerks occurs in 1736. (fn. 2) A further appointment was made in 1746 but it was not until after 1756 that they became a regular feature of the office. Between that date and 1805, with the exception of the years 1773 to 1784 when none was appointed, it was usual for there to be one or two Supernumerary Clerks. Occasionally the number was higher. In 1765-6 there were five and between 1802 and 1805 there were six. The grade was abolished in the latter year. (fn. 3)

The Supernumerary Clerks appointed in 1736 received salaries of £50 from the civil list. Otherwise such Clerks apparently received no salaries until 1763. The Clerks appointed in that year were granted £50. (fn. 4) While this seems to have been the normal salary at this period the details are not clear in every case since the relevant accounts of the Treasury incidents, out of which the payments were apparently made, do not survive. Between 1784 and 1805 Supernumerary Clerks received £90 from the fee fund.

LIST OF APPOINTMENTS

1736 1 June Davis, W.
1736 1 June Vandinande, C.
1746 26 June Fane, J.
1756 8 Nov. Watkins, J.
1757 17 Feb. Schutz, C.
1758 10 Oct. Beldam, W.
1760 23 May Chowne, T.
1762 9 March Browne, G.
1762 21 May Mitford, W.
1762 21 May Dyer, T.
1762 21 July Featherstone, R.
1763 7 April Boughton, E.
1763 7 April Ramus, G. E.
1765 3 July West, J. B.
1765 10 July Brummell, W.
1765 10 July Broughton, B.
1768 26 Jan. Poyntz, W. D.
1769 16 Nov. Smith, W. E.
1772 2 July Glyn, R. C.
1784 18 March Carthew, J.
1786 22 Dec. Dyer, R. S.
1787 30 Nov. Egerton, W.
1789 27 May Nicolay, F.
1790 16 Aug. Yorke, J.

LISTS OF APPOINTMENTS

1791 1 Feb. West, T.
1791 9 Nov. Wyndham, W. W.
1792 Brooksbank, S.
1794 25 Nov. Brawne, J.
1795 1 April Wood, E.
1799 23 May Gibbons, G.
1799 20 Nov. Unwin, J.
1800 14 Nov. Bates, E.
1800 21 Nov. Bradshaw, W.
1801 20 March van der Spiegel, A.
1801 24 March Dean, J.
1802 19 Jan. Fauquier, W. E.
1802 13 July Earle, P. H.
1802 16 July Crafer, T.
1802 4 Dec. Vernon, J.
1803 20 May Martin Leake, S. R.
1803 Sargent, W.
1804 13 July Gibbons, E.

Footnotes

  • 1. East, Frecker, Granger.
  • 2. TM 1 June 1736 (CTBP 1735-8, 169-70).
  • 3. TM 19 Aug. 1805 (T 29/85 p. 348).
  • 4. TM 12 April 1763 (T 29/35 p. 67).