Presence Chamber
Cupbearers 1660-1782

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Institute of Historical Research

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R.O. Bucholz

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2006

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56-58

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'Presence Chamber: Cupbearers 1660-1782', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (revised): Court Officers, 1660-1837 (2006), pp. 56-58. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=43780 Date accessed: 23 July 2014.


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Cupbearers 1660–1782

The cupbearers, carvers and sewers were ancient offices whose duties were to serve the king on bended knee when he dined in public. As the Sovereign gradually abandoned this practice between 1685 and 1727, these positions became sinecures. The cupbearers were appointed by lord chamberlain's warrant. In 1660 they were five in number. On the death of Sir William Fleetwood in 1674 they were reduced to four. Three cupbearers were appointed during the reign of James II. From 1689 the number was fixed in principle at four. (fn. 1) The offices were abolished in 1782. (fn. 2) The cupbearers each received wages of £33 6s 8d plus riding wages. (fn. 3)

1660 10 June Erskine, W.
1660 10 June Halsall, J.
1660 10 June Littleton, C.
1660 10 June Fleetwood, Sir W.
1660 10 June Palmer. P.
1675 10 Apr. Pettus, Sir J.
1680 27 Apr. Trelawny, J.
1682 23 Feb. Boteler, T.
1685 23 May Carteret, Sir E.
1689 22 Mar. Lloyd, E.
1689 1 Oct. Coling, R.
1689 27 Oct. Compton, J.
1689 28 Oct. Boteler, T.
1692 1 Apr. Tyrrell, J.
1694 30 June Sedley, Sir C.
1701 1 June Russell, R.
1702 9 July Eyre, C.N.
1703 22 May Luckyn, H.
1711 4 Dec. Eyre, C.C.
1713 13 Oct. Littleton, W.
1716 12 Mar. Boteler, H.
1718 20 May Bowers, T.
1719 30 Apr. Green, H.
1722 7 Feb. Evans, J.
By 1727 Hay, J.
1730 10 Mar. Clarges, G.
1731 8 Oct. Duperron, A.
1734 2 Aug. Hetling, G.
1737 18 June Collins, C.
1749 14 Dec. Playters, J.
1750 17 Nov. Gurdon, W.
1751 27 July Shaw, F.
1757 7 May Rideker, G.
1762 13 May Rivett, F.
1766 21 Aug. Hetling, W.
1773 18 Oct. Mathews, P.
1778 1 Feb. Clarke, W.
1780 19 May Shirley, Hon. W.
1782 9 Aug. Snow, J.

Cupbearer in Extraordinary [in Ordinary w/o fee] 1660–?1685

1660 18 Aug. Flemming, J.
1660 7 Sept. Bold, P.
1664 21 Dec. Hyatt, -
1665 22 Oct. Kinoule, W. H.
1667 13 Apr. Morton, W.
1668 20 Jan. Ayreley, W., Earl of
1674 7 Feb. Trelawney, J.
1674 10 Feb. Beaumont, J.
1674 18 Feb. Killigrew, W. (or Carver or Sewer)
1675 5 Feb. Palmer, R.
1676 15 Feb. Rouse, E. (or Carver or Sewer)
1676 6 June Lee, H. (or Carver or Sewer)
1685 13 Jan. Peachey, W. (or Carver or Sewer)

Footnotes

1 PSBC, pp. 25–6; Beattie, pp. 35–6; LC 3/24, f. 9; LC 3/30, p. 23; LC 3/31, p. 33.
2 LS 13/117, pp. 72–3.
3 LC 3/24, f. 9.