Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (Revised), Court Officers, 1660-1837. Originally published by University of London, London, 2006.
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Clerk of the Closet 1660–1808; c. 1813–1837
The clerk of the closet was appointed by royal warrant and served under the authority of the lord chamberlain. (fn. 1) His duty was `to attend at the King's Right Hand during Divine Service, to resolve such Doubts as may arise in spiritual Matters; but chiefly to wait on his Majesty in his private Oratory or Closet, and to say Grace when his Majesty eats'. (fn. 2) During the reign of Anne the office was held jointly by three individuals. It was vacant from the death of Richard Hurd, 28 May 1808, until possibly as late as 1813. The salary was variously expressed as 20 nobles, £6 13s 4d and £6 18s. The clerk of the closet was also allowed diet and fees of honour. (fn. 3)
Clerk of the Closet to the Queen [?1689]–1694
The clerk of the closet to the Queen was paid £6 13s 4d per annum. (fn. 4)
Deputy Clerks of the Closet 1667–9; 1684–1685; 1716–1837
The deputy clerks of the closet were appointed by the clerk of the closet and waited in his absence. They received no salary on the household establishment. (fn. 5) There were two such deputy clerks waiting in rotation by 1716; the number rose to three by 1723.
Resident Deputy Clerk of the Closet 1837
Supernumerary Deputy Clerk of the Closet 1833–1837
Sub-Clerks of the Closet 1694
There were two sub-clerks of the closet, one each for the King and Queen, listed in 1694. (fn. 6)
Closet Keeper [in the Chapel Royal] 1661–1837
The closet keeper was appointed by the clerk of the closet. (fn. 7) He was paid 2s p.d. in 1661. This rose to £5 plus £49 in and £54 5s for washing surpluses and in lieu of bills in 1689. Under Queen Anne, his remuneration fell to £41 10s in salary and £49 2s for washing. By 1716 he was receiving an additional £31 5s for providing table-linen for the chaplains. He was also allowed diet, riding wages and fees of honour. (fn. 8)
|By 1661||Pamphlin, R.|
|1664||21 Mar.||Dunkley, T.|
|By 1691||Thornburgh, G.|
|1704||22 July||Lucas, C.|
|1715||18 Mar.||Reading, T.|
|1743||4 Mar.||Hart, J.|
|1780||24 Oct.||Hay, J.|
|1791||10 Feb.||Cockden, R|