Serjeant at Arms 1660—1832

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Institute of Historical Research

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J.C. Sainty

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1972

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96

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'Serjeant at Arms 1660—1832', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 1: Treasury Officials 1660-1870 (1972), pp. 96. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=16788 Date accessed: 21 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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Serjeant at Arms 1660-1832

The Serjeant at Arms attending the Treasurer or Commissioners of the Treasury was appointed by the crown by letters patent under the great seal. (fn. 1) The office was granted for life until 1684 and during pleasure thereafter. While it involved its holders in real duties until 1689, it appears to have become virtually a sinecure soon after this date. After having been temporarily discontinued between 1782 and 1790 it was abolished in 1832. (fn. 2)

The remuneration attached to the office was originally 1s a day salary and 1s 3d a day board wages (£41 1s 3d a year). In 1664 these sums were raised to 3s and 2s 6d respectively (£100 7s 6d a year). (fn. 3) They continued at this level until the abolition of the office.

LIST OF APPOINTMENTS

1660 13 July Warner, T.
1663 Stephens, F.
1674 6 Nov. Ramsey, J.
1684 25 March Ramsey, J.
Ball, H.
1684 27 Nov. Ryley, P.
1702 20 Aug. Ryley, R.
1706 28 Feb. Ryley, P.
1733 2 March Allin, Sir T.
1765 30 Sept. Brougham, H.
1810 10 Aug. Murray, D. R.

Footnotes

1 For the origin of the office, see grant of 10 Nov. 1625 to Edward Dendy (C 66/2360). For its duties, see Baxter, Treasury, 207-10; T 90/16 pp. 1729-30.
2 TM 3 Aug. 1789 (T 29/60 p. 536), 29 Jan. 1790 (T 29/61 pp. 347-8), 27 Jan. 1832 (T 29/325 p. 566).
3 Letters patent to Stephens of 3 June 1664 (C 66/3061).