Dependent Sub-departments
Revels 1660-1782

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Institute of Historical Research

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R.O. Bucholz

Year published

2006

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Pages

114-115

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'Dependent Sub-departments: Revels 1660-1782', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (revised): Court Officers, 1660-1837 (2006), pp. 114-115. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=43791 Date accessed: 30 July 2014.


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Revels 1660–1782

The office of the revels anciently had the task of organizing plays, masques, balls and pageants at court. The master also had the licensing of plays, puppet-shows, and other diversions. The master was appointed by lord chamberlain's warrant. (fn. 1) Such appointments were also embodied in letters patent under the great seal and Sir Henry Herbert, Thomas Killigrew and Charles Killigrew received grants in reversion in this manner. (fn. 2) The office was held on a life tenure until 1725 and during pleasure thereafter. The salary was £10; however, this was augmented considerably by licensing fees. (fn. 3)

A comptroller of the revels was established in 1715.

The yeoman and groom of the revels were appointed by lord chamberlain's warrant. (fn. 4) The yeoman's salary was £46 11s 8d, the groom's £10. (fn. 5) Deputy masters and yeomen occasionally served. The groom's position was probably abolished at the accession of James II. The remaining offices were abolished in 1782. (fn. 6)

Master 1660–1782

1660 20 June Herbert, Sir H.
1673 1 May Killigrew, T.
1677 24 Feb. Killigrew, C.
1725 15 Mar. Lee, F.H.
1731 8 Feb. Lee, C.
1744 12 Apr. Dayrolles, S.

Deputy to the Master 1663–?

1663 23 Dec. Hayward, E.

Comptroller 1715–?

1715 11 Apr. Selby, T.
1728 13 Apr. Laroche, J.

Yeoman 1660–1782

1660 25 June Carey, J.
1663 6 Aug. Harris, H.
1706 17 Jan. Warters, T.
1716 26 Mar. Mattox, T.
1716 19 Nov. Lamb, T.
1719 30 Sept. Potts, P.
1721 7 July Burnet, R.
1741 18 Dec. Fisher, T.
1743 16 Sept. Ball, T.
1758 13 Dec. Snigg, W.
1761 18 June Gladwin, H.
1763 8 Nov. Underwood, W.
1769 15 Jan. Underwood, J.

Deputy to the Yeoman 1692–?

1692 17 Aug. Shuttleworth, P.

Groom 1662–?1685

1662 Johnson, G.
1671 24 Oct. Clarke, J.

Footnotes

1 PSBC, pp. 36–7; LC 3/24, f. 18.
2 Letters patent to Herbert 22 Aug. 1629 (C 66/2512), to Charles Killigrew 6 Mar. 1668 (C 66/2591 reciting grant to Thomas Killigrew 12 Aug. 1660).
3 LC 3/5, f. 8.
4 LC 3/24, f. 18.
5 CTB XVII, 1020; LC 3/24, f. 18.
6 LS 13/117, pp. 71, 73.