Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4, Admiralty Officials 1660-1870. Originally published by University of London, London, 1975.
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Messengers, Extra Messengers and Board Room Messengers c. 1694-1870
Provision was made for two Servants to the Head Messenger, each with a salary of £25, in the establishment of 1694. (fn. 1) In the course of time they came to be known as Assistant Messengers or simply as Messengers. One of the offices was left vacant between 1698 and 1710. In 1711 a distinction was made between the First and Second Messengers, the latter usually being promoted to the senior post when it fell vacant. The salary of the First Messenger was then fixed at £30; that of the Second at £20. In 1717 these sums were raised to £40 and £30 respectively. (fn. 2) Between 1756 and 1760 there was an additional Messenger with a salary of £30. (fn. 3) In 1800 the salaries of the two Messengers were fixed at £60 and £50. (fn. 4) That of the First Messenger was raised to £80 in 1804; that of the Second to £70 in April 1806. (fn. 5)
In 1795 two Extra Messengers were appointed with salaries of £30 which were raised to £40 in 1800. (fn. 6) In September 1806 the four offices were consolidated into a single class and designated Board Room Messengers to distinguish them from the distinct class of Hall Messengers. (fn. 7) One of the offices was left vacant between 1816 and 1827. The salary provided in 1806 was £100 which was raised to £150 in 1811. (fn. 8) In 1831 the Messengers were placed on a daily pay of 9s 7d. In 1840 they were once again given salaries of £150. In 1859 it was provided that the two senior Messengers should receive £150 and the two junior £120. (fn. 9) A fifth Board Room Messenger was appointed in 1868. (fn. 10)