Doorkeeper c. 1712—1870 and Chief Doorkeeper 1804—14

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Institute of Historical Research

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J.C. Sainty

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1972

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85

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'Doorkeeper c. 1712—1870 and Chief Doorkeeper 1804—14', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 1: Treasury Officials 1660-1870 (1972), pp. 85. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=16781 Date accessed: 26 July 2014.


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Doorkeeper c. 1712-1870 and Chief Doorkeeper 1804-14

The term Doorkeeper was first applied to a member of the Treasury staff in 1715. The office itself was, however, probably of earlier origin since its holder at that date had been employed in the Treasury from at least 1690, being described in 1712 as Under Chamber Keeper. (fn. 1) From at least 1763 the office was a sinecure so far as the principal was concerned, the duties being executed by deputy. (fn. 2) In 1798 the Board insisted that the functions were performed in person. (fn. 3) In 1804 the then Doorkeeper was promoted to the position of Chief Doorkeeper but this office was discontinued on his death in 1814. (fn. 4) At the time of the reorganisation of the Messengers in 1835 the Doorkeeper was placed in the first class, ranking after the Messenger of the Chamber. (fn. 5)

The salary attached to the office of Doorkeeper in 1712 was £40 payable by the Office Keeper. (fn. 6) It was fixed at £70 in 1798 and at £90 in 1802. (fn. 7) From 1835 the Doorkeeper received the salary of a First Class Messenger. (fn. 8) The salary of the Chief Doorkeeper was fixed at £100 in 1804. (fn. 9)

LISTS OF APPOINTMENTS

Doorkeeper

By 1712 Bailey, W.
1727 10 May Jones, J.
By 1736 Barnsley, S.
1736 27 Jan. Bryant, E.
1742 4 Feb. Kitchin, J.
1763 12 April Potter, H.
1798 10 Jan. Archilarius, P.
1804 8 May Hatfield, G.
1814 22 Nov. Davis, R.
1835 21 Aug. Morten, L.
1856 27 May Worsfold, W.
1861 10 Jan. Maddams, G.
1862 21 Jan. Bawcutt, J.
1865 11 April Foster, T.

Chief Doorkeeper

1804 8 May Archilarius, P.

Footnotes

1 TM 27 Nov. 1712 (CTB, xxvi, 87), 17 Oct. 1715 (ibid. xxix, 297).
2 2nd Rept. on Fees, 80.
3 TM 10 Jan. 1798 (T 29/71 p. 265).
4 TM 8 May 1804 (T 29/83 pp. 36-7), 6 Sept. 1814 (T 29/131 pp. 104-5).
5 TM 21 Aug. 1835 (T 29/368 pp. 481-7).
6 TM 27 Nov. 1712 (CTB, xxvi, 87).
7 TM 10 Jan. 1798 (T 29/71 p. 265), 16 July 1802 (T 29/79 p. 265).
8 TM 21 Aug. 1835 (T 29/368 pp. 481-7).
9 TM 8 May 1804 (T 29/83 pp. 36-7).