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Senior Clerks 1782-1856

Pages 46-47

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

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Senior Clerks 1782-1856

This grade was created in 1782. (fn. 1) The number of Senior Clerks was then fixed at six and remained unaltered, as did that of the divisions in which they served, until 1834. Between 1805 and 1818 the Clerk of the Minutes ranked as a Senior Clerk. (fn. 2) When in 1834 the number of divisions was reduced to five there was a corresponding reduction in the number of Senior Clerks. (fn. 3) In 1850 the number was reduced to four, one for each of the divisions established in the previous year and one to superintend the reorganised Registry Department. (fn. 4) The grade was abolished in 1856. (fn. 5)

Between 1782 and 1805 the Senior Clerks all received a basic salary of £100 as Clerks on the establishment. In addition they enjoyed allowances which varied in amount according to the divisions in which they were serving. In 1782 these allowances were fixed at £400, £350, £500, £380, £360 and £280 for those serving in the first to sixth divisions respectively. (fn. 6) In 1798 they were fixed at £525, £485, £565, £500, £335 and £380 respectively. (fn. 7) In certain divisions the amounts were subject to variation according to whether conditions of peace or war prevailed. (fn. 8) In 1805 a uniform progressive scale was introduced for the grade, beginning at £600 and rising after fifteen years to £700 and after twenty years to £800. (fn. 9) In 1813 the scale was improved and the maximum salary was raised to £1000 after twenty years. In 1821 it was fixed at £600 rising by annual increments of £20 to £800. (fn. 10)

LIST OF APPOINTMENTS

1782 30 Nov. Royer, J.
1782 30 Nov. Beldam, W.
1782 30 Nov. Mitford, W.
1782 30 Nov. Dyer, T.
1782 30 Nov. Ramus, G. E.
1782 30 Nov. Broughton, B.
1783 16 Dec. Poyntz, W. D.
1783 16 Dec. Brummell, B.
1785 29 July Alcock, J.
1787 15 Aug. Cipriani, P.
1789 1 Nov. Starck, H. S.
1798 5 July Chinnery, W.
1798 5 July Speer, W.
1799 3 Jan. Nicolay, F.
1800 14 Nov. Yorke, J.
1806 7 Jan. West, T.

LISTS OF APPOINTMENTS

1807 24 March Brooksbank, S.
1808 17 May Brawne, J.
1808 13 July Hoblyn, T.
1809 18 April Cotton, W.
1812 3 April Mitford, R.
1815 14 April West, G.
1816 27 Feb. Grange, J.
1816 27 Oct. Sanford, H.
1817 21 Feb. Unwin, J.
1818 31 July Bates, E.
1820 10 Oct. van der Spiegel, A.
1823 11 March Fauquier, W. E.
1834 17 Oct. Walpole, E.
1834 17 Oct. Gibbons, E.
1834 17 Oct. Drummond, E.
1834 17 Oct. Boyd, G.
1835 30 April Pearson, H. R.
1836 13 Sept. Harrison, T. C.
1840 1 Jan. Baker, J.
1841 26 Jan. Crafer, C. L.
1841 26 Jan. Litchfield, C.
1843 3 Feb. Harrison, M.
1843 3 Feb. Speer, E.
1845 21 Jan. Brummell, W. C.
1850 22 March Arbuthnot, G. (fn. 11)
1851 25 Feb. Stephenson, W. H.
1852 20 Feb. Courtenay, T. P.
1852 22 Oct. Drummond, S.
1854 24 March Gordon, Sir A. C. D.
1854 24 March Shelley, S.
1854 8 Dec. Dwight, W. M. (fn. 11)
1856 18 March Byron, F.

Footnotes

  • 1. TM 30 Nov. 1782 (T 29/52 pp. 520-1).
  • 2. TM 19 Aug. 1805 (T 29/85 p. 348).
  • 3. TM 17 Oct. 1834 (T 29/358 p. 321); a temporary increase to six was authorised by TM 26 Jan. 1841 (T 29/433 p. 453).
  • 4. TM 22 Feb. 1850 (T 29/538 p. 397); temporary increases were authorised by TM 24 March 1854 (T 29/554 p. 642) and 18 March 1856 (AB, iii, 309).
  • 5. TM 4 July 1856 (T 29/564 p. 47).
  • 6. TM 30 Nov. 1782 (T 29/52 pp. 520-1).
  • 7. TM 5 July 1798 (T 29/73 p. 209).
  • 8. For examples, see TM 25 Feb. 1783 (T 29/53 p. 183), 29 July 1785 (T 29/56 p. 516), 25 July 1793 (T 29/66 p. 98); see also TM 15 May 1804 (T 29/83 p. 62).
  • 9. TM 19 Aug. 1805 (T 29/85 p. 350).
  • 10. TM 23 Feb. 1813 (T 29/121 pp. 711-15), 10 Aug. 1821 (T 29/200 p. 242).
  • 11. Supernumerary.