Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (Revised), Court Officers, 1660-1837. Originally published by University of London, London, 2006.
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Grooms of the Privy Chamber 1660–1837
According to the Household Ordinances of Charles II, the grooms of the privy chamber were responsible for manning the doors into the privy chamber. However, by 1720 they had largely lost their attendance `but on extraordinary Occasions, as Coronations, &c. and on Ambassadores'. (fn. 1) They were appointed by lord chamberlain's warrant. During the reign of Charles II their number was six; during that of James II it was reduced to two; from 1689 it was fixed at four. (fn. 2) They received salaries of £73 consisting of wages of £20 and board wages of £53. (fn. 3) Early in the period, they were also entitled to diet and lodging when in attendance, candle ends, livery worth £40, riding wages and fees of honor which averaged about £30–40 per annum early in the eighteenth century. (fn. 3)
Under Charles II, assistant grooms, also known as `grooms of the privy chamber in ordinary standing supernumerary' were appointed at £20 per annum. (fn. 4) Between 1731 and 1740 an extra groom was occasionally appointed.
Assistant Grooms of the Privy Chamber 1662–1685
|1662||16 Mar.||Ross, T.|
|1662||16 Mar.||Ingram, A.|
|1669||27 Jan.||Davyes, J.|
|1670||30 Apr.||Bray, G.|
|1672||12 Feb.||Molms, J.|
|1673||13 June||Purcell, F.|
|1677||10 Nov.||Mitton, Sir J.|
Supernumerary Assistant Grooms of the Privy Chamber
(`in Ordinary Standing Supernumerary') with Wages and Liveries 1660–?1685