Clerks 1660-1800

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Institute of Historical Research

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J.C. Sainty

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1975

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39-40

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'Clerks 1660-1800', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4: Admiralty Officials 1660-1870 (1975), pp. 39-40. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=16656&strquery=Hewer Date accessed: 29 August 2014.


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Clerks 1660-1800

Before 1694 little is known of the Clerks of the Admiralty. Their appointment, tenure and remuneration were matters within the discretion of successive Secretaries. For Pepys' two periods of office as Secretary between 1673 and 1679 and between 1684 and 1689 it is possible to form some idea of the identity of the Clerks serving in the office; for other periods very little information is available. (fn. 1)

In 1694 the fees of the office, out of which the remuneration of the Clerks had been found, were abolished and provision was made for six salaried Clerks, apart from the Chief Clerks, each of whom was to receive £80 a year payable by the Treasurer of the Navy. (fn. 2) From this date the identity and periods of service of the Clerks can be accurately determined. Frequent changes in the number of the Clerks and the size of their salaries occurred in the following years. In 1698 the number was again fixed at six, four at £80 and two at £40. (fn. 3) In 1703 a new establishment was authorised consisting of nine Clerks, one at £150, one at £100, two at £80, three at £70 and two at £60. (fn. 4) From 1705 until the end of the war in 1713 between four and five Clerks, sometimes known as 'extra Clerks' were also employed with salaries of £50. (fn. 5)

In 1712 the establishment was fixed at eight Clerks, two at £120, one at £90, two at £80, two at £70 and one at £60, together with four others at £50. (fn. 6) At the end of the war in 1713 the clerical staff was reduced to six, two at £100, two at £80 and two at £60. (fn. 7) Finally in 1715 it was fixed at seven with salaries of £200, £150, £120, £100, £80, £70 and £60. (fn. 8) Following the reintroduction of the fees in 1717 provision was made for the established Clerks to receive shares in half the product in proportion to the size of their respective salaries. (fn. 9) Apart from the fact that the Clerk with the salary of £200 was detached from the rest and given special responsibilities as Chief Clerk in 1783, the establishment of 1715 continued in force until 1800 when the remaining six Clerks were appointed to the new grade of Senior Clerk. (fn. 10)

LIST OF APPOINTMENTS
1660 Southerne, J.
1673 Hewer, W.
1673 Walbanke, J.
1677 Atkins, S.
By 1678 Lewis,
Lawrence,
Roberts,
1679 Pett, S.
1684 Atkins, S. (fn. 11)
By 1687 Walbanke, R.
Burchett, J.
Skinner, P.
1689 Pett, S. (fn. 11)
1689 Burchett, J. (fn. 11)
By 1694 Gibbs, T.
Halford, E.
Saunders, S.
Parmiter, T. P.
Warren, T.
Baston, T.
1694 Bradley, S.
1694-5. Pett, P.
1695 Gordon, G.
1695-6 Whittaker, T.
1697 Russell, P.
1697 Williams, J.
1698 Hutchinson, c.
1698 Rich, N.
1699 Gordon, G. (fn. 11)
1699 Coling, R.
1699 Drake, J.
1700 Halford, E. (fn. 11)
1700 Bradley, S. (fn. 11)
1700 Dod, J.
1700-1 Crosfield, R.
1701 Gibbs, T. (fn. 11)
1702 Golding, R.
1702 Oldner, J.
1702 Cole, E.
1702-3 Lynn, F.
1703-4 Bowles, B.
1704 Oakes, L.
1704-5 Regins, w.
1704-5 Nicholas, G.
1704-5 Honywood, E.
1704-5 Pelham, K.
1705 Barnett, P.
1706 Cooper, G.
1706-7 Budgett, J.
1707 Pembroke, W.
1708 Crickett, P.
1708 Bennet, T.
1708 Walker, G.
1708 Allen, C.
1708 Newson, J.
1709 Reynolds, J.
1709 Pack, J.
1709 Fisher, W.
1710 Sherer, R.
1711 Hinsom, T.
1711 Melmerby, T.
1713 Newson, J. (fn. 11)
1715 17 Jan. Corbett, T.
1715 17 Jan. Hawes, T.
1715 17 Jan. Edwards, J.
1715 17 Jan. Hinsom, T. (fn. 11)
1715 17 Jan. Westcomb, G.
1716 7 June. Osborn, R.
1716 29 Aug. Ram, A.
1717 11 Feb. Kirkpatrick, J.
1717 21 June Young, W.
1721 10 Oct. Varney, J.
1723 22 March. Bird, W.
1725 29 July Milnes, J.
1725 20 Sept. Borrodale, J. A.
1727 11 Aug. Atkins, W.
1727 4 Nov. Burchet, G. A.
1728 19 Dec. Troughton, J.
1738 7 Nov. Fearne, C.
1742 14 Oct. Phillips, E.
1743 18 June Blanckley, T. R.
1751 6 April Stephens, P.
1751 2 May Corbett, J.
1753 5 May Clevland, J.
1753 6 June Alcock, J.
1759 16 Oct. Ibetson, J.
1761 31 July Hastings, H.
1763 4 July Parker, H.
1766 12 Nov. Fearne, T. W.
1768 5 Oct. Bryer, W.
1773 25 Aug. Wright, C.
1777 28 March Belson, J.
1777 22 Dec. Barkham, S. D.
1782 12 June Robinson, R.
1790 18 Jan. Gimber, W.
1790 13 March Kite, T.
1795 16 June Gascoigne, W.
1795 16 June Pearce, W.
1799 11 March Hollinworth, M.

Footnotes

1 See pp. 1-2.
2 Adm. 2/16 p. 414.
3 Adm. 2/179 p. 26.
4 Adm. 2/183 pp. 189-90, 218.
5 Adm. 2/184 p. 582; AO 1/1725/147-AO 1/1729/155.
6 Adm. 2/191 p. 98; AO 1/1729/154.
7 Adm. 2/191 pp. 417-18; AO 1/1729/155.
8 Adm. 2/193 pp. 127-8.
9 Adm. 3/31, 8 July 1718; Adm. 3/55, 1 Aug. 1746; 3rd Rept. on Fees, 96-7.
10 Adm. 3/96, 13 Jan. 1783; order in council 15 Jan. 1800 (HC 138 p. 3 (1816) xiii, 171).
11 Reappointed.
11 Reappointed.