Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (Revised), Court Officers, 1660-1837. Originally published by University of London, London, 2006.
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Gentlemen Ushers Daily Waiters 1660–1837
The four gentlemen ushers daily waiters attended in the presence chamber. They swore in officials nominated by the lord chamberlain and received the orders of the lord or vice chamberlain for the public rooms. Thus, `all under Officers above stairs are to obey them.'
The gentlemen ushers daily waiters were appointed by lord chamberlain's warrant. (fn. 1) The senior gentleman usher customarily held the post of gentleman usher of the black rod, an officer of the order of the garter. The two offices were held concurrently except in the case of Sir John Ayton who resigned the office of black rod to the second usher, Sir Edward Carteret, in 1671 while remaining senior usher until the following year. (fn. 2) Until 1765 the senior usher and black rod was chosen from amongst the existing ushers; thereafter he was selected from elsewhere. Each gentleman usher received a salary of £150 consisting of wages of £20 and board wages of £130. Early in the period, they also received diet and lodging when in attendance, riding wages, fees upon swearing in new officers worth about £30 under George I, and fees of honour worth about £30 per annum early in the eighteenth century. (fn. 3) The gentleman usher, black rod received an additional fee of £44 6s 8d, a gold chain and medal worth £60, and a robe worth £29 as well as other perquisites. (fn. 4) An extra gentleman usher served 1715–16.
From 1662, except for the reign of James II, an assistant gentleman usher daily waiter served. He was also appointed by lord chamberlain's warrant and enjoyed a salary of £66 13s 4d, and, early in the period, riding wages and fees of honour worth £30 under Anne. (fn. 5)
Gentlemen Ushers 1660–1837
Supernumerary Gentleman Ushers Daily Waiters 1660–?1685
|1660||8 June||Sanders, C. [?Assistant]|
|1660||14 July||Gardiner, R.|
|1660||27 July||Wakerlin, R.|
|1661||3 Oct.||Hopton, G.|
|1680||24 Nov.||Busltrode, H. [?Assistant]|