The bedchamber
Pages of the Bedchamber 1660-c. 1822

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Institute of Historical Research

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R.O. Bucholz

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2006

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26-29

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'The bedchamber: Pages of the Bedchamber 1660-c. 1822', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (revised): Court Officers, 1660-1837 (2006), pp. 26-29. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=43771 Date accessed: 29 August 2014.


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Pages of the Bedchamber 1660-c. 1822

The pages of the bedchamber originally waited

without Doors, at the Back-stairs; but now [c. 1720] they wait within the Bed-Chamber, where they take care that every thing be ready, especially during the time of the King's Dressing; fetch Water for the Grooms of the Bed-chamber, which the King is to use, and other necessaries.

These places were in the gift of the groom of the stole. (fn. 1) The procedures for swearing and admitting them to office were the same as those for the gentlemen of the bedchamber. (fn. 2) They were usually six in number. During the reign of Anne the holders of the offices were designated `pages of the backstairs'. After 1760 this description was applied to a distinct body of pages. (fn. 3) The pages of the bedchamber last occur in published lists in 1822. (fn. 4)

The pages received wages of £2 13s 4d and board wages of £77 6s 8d amounting to £80 a year. In addition, they were entitled to livery of £47, fees of honour which yielded about £17 per annum under George I; and vails and gratuities from aspirants at the backstairs which have been estimated at about £120 per annum. After 1725, they received a further £365 apiece in lieu of diet. (fn. 5) Between 1660 and 1702 one of the pages was appointed closet keeper at £200 a year. This post was held by Thomas Chiffinch 1660–6, William Chiffinch 1666–88 and Rudolph de Keine 1689–1702. (fn. 6)

Between 1672 and 1735 extra pages of the bedchamber were occasionally appointed.

Pages 1661–c.

1661 2 Feb. Osbaldiston, J.
1661 2 Feb. Chiffinch, T.
1661 2 Feb. Griffith, H.
1661 2 Feb. Deladale, M.
1661 2 Feb. Rogers, F.
1661 2 Feb. Randue, T.
1666 26 Apr. Chiffinch, W.
1667 5 Mar. Bull, A.
1673 19 June Cordell, L.
1680 1 Jan. Hooton, E.
1683 12 Mar. Caplin, J.
1685 14 May Heywood, T.
1685 14 May Mann, G.
1685 14 May de la Badie, J.
1685 14 May Prieur, A.
1689 16 Mar. Watson, W.
1689 16 Mar. Von Amen, M.
1689 16 Mar. de la Fountaine, B.E.
1689 16 Mar. Sewell, J.
1689 16 Mar. Smith, J.
1689 16 Mar. de Keine, R.
1694 3 Apr. Sell, J.
1696 30 Oct. Harris, D.
1702 9 July Saxton, L.
1702 9 July Abrahall, G.
1702 9 July Foster, J.
1702 24 July Kirk, H.
1702 24 July Brown, E.
1714 21 Jan. Smyth, C.
1714 6 Nov. Gardiner, R.
1715 6 Jan. Sell, J.
1715 6 Jan. Harris, D.
1715 6 Jan. Taylor, W.
1720 3 Dec. de Grave, L.
1727 18 Jan. Shields, A.
1727 30 Sept. Evans, A.
1733 12 Jan. Nash, S.
1734 16 Dec. Humphreys, R.
1735 2 Mar. Evans, H.M.
1736 30 Mar. Matthison, R.
1739 29 Mar. de Grave, W.A.
1747 14 Jan. Little, J.
1747 22 July Place, T.
1751 30 Dec. Rogers, W.
1760 14 Jan. Hannington, J.
1760 26 Dec. Niven, J.
1760 26 Dec. Chapman, R.
1761 12 Sept. Hastings, H.
1762 2 Oct. Ramus, W.
1766 1 Mar. Dick, W.
1768 12 Mar. Dawson, E.
1771 7 Mar. Ramus, W.
1772 Little, J.
1778 4 Mar. Walton, I.
1780 5 July Smith, E.
1785 29 Oct. Doudiet, T.
1787 Downes, C.
1789 Darlot, P.
1790 Brawn, R.
1798 19 Aug. Coles, T.
1804 8 Jan. Mathesius, J.
1804 8 June Bott, J.
1808 4 July Wood, J.
1809 1 Mar. Bowtell, S.
1810 6 Mar. Jeakins, R.
1815 12 Dec. Norden, J.
1816 14 Oct. Stradling, J.

Page of the Bedchamber in Ordinary[?Supernumerary] 1671-

1671 7 July Deguage, P.

Pages in Extraordinary 1672–1736

1672 29 Nov. Cordell, L.
1674 6 Mar. Hooton, E.
1720 3 Dec. Shields, A.
1727 2 Nov. Nash, S.
1733 12 Jan. Humphreys, R.
1734 16 Dec. Evans, H.M.
1735 2 Mar. Matthison, R.

Footnotes

1 PSBC, p. 25; Beattie, pp. 54, 62–3.
2 See above.
3 See below.
4 RK (1822), p. 117.
5 CTB XXVII, 504; Beattie, p. 211.
6 Ibid . I, 519; II, 544; IX, 206; XVII, 105.