Bag Carrier c. 1714—1770

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Institute of Historical Research

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J.C. Sainty

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1972

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86

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'Bag Carrier c. 1714—1770', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 1: Treasury Officials 1660-1870 (1972), pp. 86. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=16782 Date accessed: 21 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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Bag Carrier c. 1714-70

The term Bag Carrier denoted one of the Treasury Messengers whose particular function was to attend the Secretaries at the House of Commons. It was first used in 1715. (fn. 1) However, the individual holding the office at this date had entered the employment of the Treasury in the previous year and it is likely that he had predecessors with similar duties. (fn. 2) The office ceased to have a separate existence in 1770 when it was conferred upon the then Bookranger. The two posts remained united thereafter.

The salary attached to the office in 1714 was £20. It was raised to £30 in 1725 and to £40 in 1737. (fn. 3)

LIST OF APPOINTMENTS

1714 Empsom, W.
1737 29 Dec. Kemmeter, C.
1747 1 Oct. Shaw, E.
1770 12 Jan. Watson, W.

Footnotes

1 TM 17 Oct. 1715 (CTB, xxix, 297), 21 Oct. 1725 (T 29/25 p. 122).
2 It is possible that the salary which Empsom received from the civil list after 1714 was in continuation of that paid from the secret service to Cohoon (1689-98), R. Green (1698-1702) and E. Williams (1703-14).
3 CTB, xxix, 628; TM 21 Oct. 1725 (T 29/25 p. 122), 29 Dec. 1737 (CTBP 1735-8, 354).