The bedchamber
Grooms of the Bedchamber 1660-1837

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Institute of Historical Research

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R.O. Bucholz

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2006

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20-24

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'The bedchamber: Grooms of the Bedchamber 1660-1837', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (revised): Court Officers, 1660-1837 (2006), pp. 20-24. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=43768 Date accessed: 01 November 2014.


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Grooms of the Bedchamber 1660–1837

The grooms of the bedchamber

wait in the King's Chamber during his Majesty's Dressing, and wait at Dinner [when he dines privately], take Wine, &c. from the Servants, and give it to the Lords, to serve his Majesty. When the Gentlemen of the Bed-Chamber are not there, they perform the Office [of dressing the Sovereign], and have their waiting Weekly, two and two, by turns. (fn. 1)

These offices were in the gift of the Crown. The procedures for swearing and admitting them into waiting were the same as those for the gentlemen of the bedchamber. (fn. 2) The number of grooms fluctuated considerably. Under Charles II there were usually 12. Under James II and William III the number varied between eight and nine; under George I and George II between eight and ten. George III appointed 15 on his accession but this fell to 12 in 1764. In 1783 there was an increase to 13 and this was the usual number until 1837. Extra grooms were regularly appointed under Charles II and occasionally thereafter. No grooms were appointed during the reign of Anne.

The salary attached to the offices, payable at the exchequer, was £500 except during the reign of James II when it was reduced to £400. (fn. 3) They also received lodgings and diet when the court was on progress. (fn. 4)

Grooms 1661–1837

16611 Feb.Ashburnham, J.
16611 Feb.O'Neill, D.
16611 Feb.Seymour, H.
16612 Feb.Elliot, T.
16612 Feb.Killigrew, T.
16612 Feb.Lane, R.
16612 Feb.Phillips, R.
16612 Feb.Titus, S.
16612 Feb.Walter, D.
16613 Feb.Progers, E.
16616 Feb.Legge, W.
16621 Jan.Coventry, Hon. H.
166428 Oct.Hamilton, J.
16701 Oct.Godolphin, S.
167116 JuneFelton, T.
167221 JuneGranville, B.
16737 JuneSavile, H.
16758 JulyGuy, H.
1677Aug.Porter, G.
167818 JulyBridges, G.R.
1679Apr.Wyndham, T.
167916 MayLee, T.
167926 Nov.Neale, T.
1683Mar.Skelton, B.
168315 MayGwyn, F.
168319 Dec.Killigrew, H.
16852 MayFortrey, J.
16852 MayNicholas, O.
16852 MaySlingsby, H.
16852 MayFinch, Hon. H.
16852 MayLeveson, R.
16852 MayGriffin, J.
16852 MayRussell, F.
16852 MayLloyd, D.
1686Porter, J.
16879 Mar.Bagot, R.
16896 JuneKirke, P.
16896 JuneCompton, H.
16896 JuneTrelawny, C.
16896 JuneHowe, E.S.
16896 JuneSayers, J.
16896 Junevan Borselen, A.
16896 JuneStanley, Hon. J.
1690Mar.Keppel, A.J.
169129 Apr.Windsor, Hon. T.
1692Jan.Cholmondeley, G.
16956 MayWentworth, T.
17028 Mar.Offices vacant
171420 Sept.Ker, Hon. W.
171420 Sept.Tyrrell, J.
171416 Oct.Dormer, J.
171416 Oct.Howard, Hon. C.
171416 Oct.Breton, W.
171416 Oct.Feilding, G.
171416 Oct.Cornewall, H.
171421 Oct.Honeywood, P.
171515 JuneHume, Sir G.
171913 MayFinch, Hon. W.
172011 JuneLawson, Sir W.
172110 Aug.Cornwallis, Hon. C.
172325 MayHerbert, Hon. R.S.
172721 Aug.Rich, Sir R.
172714 Sept.Paget, T.
172714 Sept.Lumley, Hon. C.
172714 Sept.Selwyn, J.
172714 Sept.Churchill, C.
172714 Sept.Cathcart, Hon. C.
172714 Sept.Campbell, J.
172714 Sept.Campbell, Hon. J.
172714 Sept.Hotham, Sir C.
17317 MayClavering, J.
17337 MayBrudenell, Hon. J.
174022 Apr.Herbert, Hon. W.
174214 JulyFinch, Hon. E.
174620 Jan.Mostyn, J.
174722 Jan.Cornwallis, Hon. E.
174722 Jan.Waldegrave, Hon. J.
17575 Apr.Seymour Conway, Hon. H.
17574 JuneOffley, J.
176016 Jan.Fitzroy, C.
176019 Jan.Nassau, Hon. R.S.
176027 Nov.Schutz, G.
176027 Nov.Peachey, J.
176027 Nov.Nugent, E.
176027 Nov.Breton, Sir W.
176010 Dec.Compton, S.
176011 Dec.Pitt, G.
176011 Dec.Berkeley, N.
176011 Dec.Northey, W.
176117 Feb.Keppel, Hon. A.
176221 Dec.Wright, J.
176319 Jan.Mordaunt, J.
176316 Feb.Seymour, H.
17635 MayHotham, C.
17635 Nov.Hervey, Hon. A.J.
176524 Aug.Wallop, Hon. H.
17663 Dec.Harcourt, Hon. W.
177023 Apr.Vernon, Hon. H.
177016 MayOsborn, Sir G.
177110 Mayde Grey, T.
177117 MaySt. John, Hon. H.
17713 Dec.Hales, P.
177528 Mar.Gordon, Hon. W.
177718 JuneHerbert, C.
177922 Feb.Lascelles, F.
178317 Jan.Villiers, Hon. G.
178419 Aug.Waller, R.
178820 Jan.Adeane, J.W.
17913 JuneDigby, Hon. R.
179326 Jan.Fane, Hon. T.
180029 Mar.Greville, Hon. R.F.
180130 MayLegge, Hon. A.K.
180130 MayBurrard Neale, Sir H.
180227 Apr.Finch, Hon. E.
180424 MayVerney, Hon. H.
180831 Oct.Capel, Hon. E.
18081 Nov.Buckley, E.P.
18094 Mar.Campbell, H.F.
18092 JuneWest, Hon. F.
181210 Mar.Keppel, Hon. W.
181210 Mar.Stanwix, T.S.
181210 Mar.Stevens, E.
181210 Mar.Braddyll, W.
181210 Mar.Lumley, Hon. W.
181210 Mar.Thomas, C.N.
181210 Mar.Stanhope, Hon. H.F.
181210 Mar.Leigh, C.
181210 Apr.Cradock, Sir J.F.
181228 JulyCavendish Bradshaw, Hon. A.
181228 JulyStewart, Hon. C.W.
181228 JulyTurner, T.H.
18166 JunePaget, Hon. Sir E.
18166 Sept.Campbell, Sir G.
18175 Jan.King, Hon. H.
181821 Nov.Whatley, J.
181919 Oct.Nagle, Sir E.
18204 Apr.Conyngham, Lord F.N.
182124 Jan.Barnard, Sir A.F.
182111 Oct.Paget, Hon. Sir C.
18257 Sept.Houston, Sir W.
182827 MayArmstrong, T.
182824 Sept.Townshend, Hon. J.R.
183014 Feb.Weld Forester, Hon. G.C.
183015 Mar.Hope, H.
183017 JulyVivian, Sir R.H.
183024 JulySpencer, Hon. Sir R.C.
183030 Nov.Blackwood, Hon. Sir H.
183023 Dec.Otway, Sir R.W.
183131 Jan.Reynett, Sir J.
183124 Feb.Campbell, Hon. G.P.
183212 Nov.Rowley, Sir C.
183215 Dec.Taylor, T.W.

Grooms in Extraordinary 1673–1837

n.d.Gwyn, F.
167322 MaySavile, H.
167316 JunePorter, G.
167323 Oct.Wyndham, T.
167327 Oct.Skelton, B.
167431 Oct.Killigrew, H.
167612 Apr.Legge, W.
16774 Aug.Berkeley, J.
167923 Apr.Howard, T.
168018 Apr.Hamilton, J.
168312 Dec.Bulkeley, Hon. H.
1684Aug.Kirke, P.
169812 Jan.Jennings, R.
169931 MayDormer, C.
178420 Aug.Adeane, J.W.
183114 Oct.Waller, Sir J.W.

Footnotes

1 PSBC, pp. 24–5; see also Beattie, pp. 61–2.
2 See above.
3 LC 3/24, f. 3; CTB VIII, 222.
4 Beattie, p. 211.