Supernumerary Clerks 1736—1805


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J.C. Sainty

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'Supernumerary Clerks 1736—1805', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 1: Treasury Officials 1660-1870 (1972), pp. 40-41. URL: Date accessed: 22 October 2014.


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Supernumerary Clerks 1736-1805

Supernumerary Clerks were those who were appointed with the expectation, whether express or implied, of being placed on the establishment, usually on the basis of seniority as vacancies occurred. At first the Clerks in question were described in the records of the Treasury indifferently as 'Supernumerary' or 'Extraordinary'. The term supernumerary has been used throughout these lists in order to avoid confusion with the distinct class of Extra Clerks which emerged after 1777.

In the accounts of the fees for the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries the names of certain Clerks appear before they begin to receive salaries which suggests that they may have started their careers as supernumeraries. (fn. 1) However, the first record in the minutes of the appointment of Supernumerary Clerks occurs in 1736. (fn. 2) A further appointment was made in 1746 but it was not until after 1756 that they became a regular feature of the office. Between that date and 1805, with the exception of the years 1773 to 1784 when none was appointed, it was usual for there to be one or two Supernumerary Clerks. Occasionally the number was higher. In 1765-6 there were five and between 1802 and 1805 there were six. The grade was abolished in the latter year. (fn. 3)

The Supernumerary Clerks appointed in 1736 received salaries of £50 from the civil list. Otherwise such Clerks apparently received no salaries until 1763. The Clerks appointed in that year were granted £50. (fn. 4) While this seems to have been the normal salary at this period the details are not clear in every case since the relevant accounts of the Treasury incidents, out of which the payments were apparently made, do not survive. Between 1784 and 1805 Supernumerary Clerks received £90 from the fee fund.


17361 JuneDavis, W.
17361 JuneVandinande, C.
174626 JuneFane, J.
17568 Nov.Watkins, J.
175717 Feb.Schutz, C.
175810 Oct.Beldam, W.
176023 MayChowne, T.
17629 MarchBrowne, G.
176221 MayMitford, W.
176221 MayDyer, T.
176221 JulyFeatherstone, R.
17637 AprilBoughton, E.
17637 AprilRamus, G. E.
17653 JulyWest, J. B.
176510 JulyBrummell, W.
176510 JulyBroughton, B.
176826 Jan.Poyntz, W. D.
176916 Nov.Smith, W. E.
17722 JulyGlyn, R. C.
178418 MarchCarthew, J.
178622 Dec.Dyer, R. S.
178730 Nov.Egerton, W.
178927 MayNicolay, F.
179016 Aug.Yorke, J.


17911 Feb.West, T.
17919 Nov.Wyndham, W. W.
1792Brooksbank, S.
179425 Nov.Brawne, J.
17951 AprilWood, E.
179923 MayGibbons, G.
179920 Nov.Unwin, J.
180014 Nov.Bates, E.
180021 Nov.Bradshaw, W.
180120 Marchvan der Spiegel, A.
180124 MarchDean, J.
180219 Jan.Fauquier, W. E.
180213 JulyEarle, P. H.
180216 JulyCrafer, T.
18024 Dec.Vernon, J.
180320 MayMartin Leake, S. R.
1803Sargent, W.
180413 JulyGibbons, E.


1 East, Frecker, Granger.
2 TM 1 June 1736 (CTBP 1735-8, 169-70).
3 TM 19 Aug. 1805 (T 29/85 p. 348).
4 TM 12 April 1763 (T 29/35 p. 67).