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Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (revised): Court Officers, 1660-1837
'Guard Chamber: Grooms of the Great Chamber 1660-1837', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (revised): Court Officers, 1660-1837 (2006), pp. 78-89. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=43786 Date accessed: 29 July 2014.
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Grooms of the Great Chamber 1660–1837
Grooms of the Great Chamber in Ordinary without fee 1664–?1685; 1687–?1702
Groom of the Great Chamber in Extraordinary 1660–?; 1689–?; 1708–?
The grooms of the great chamber attended in the guard chamber and served as internal court messengers. The were appointed by lord chamberlain's warrant. (fn. 1) They were 14 in number between 1660 and 1702 except during the reign of James II when they were reduced to ten. They were permanently reduced to ten in 1702. The salary was £40. Early in the period they were also allowed riding wages, livery worth £1 and fees of honour yielding about £3 per annum under Queen Anne. (fn. 2)
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