The artistic establishment
Drummers, harpers and fifers

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Institute of Historical Research

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R.O. Bucholz

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2006

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205-210

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'The artistic establishment: Drummers, harpers and fifers', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (revised): Court Officers, 1660-1837 (2006), pp. 205-210. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=43813 Date accessed: 16 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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Drummers 1660–1837

In 1660, the court was served by a drum-major general, a kettle-drummer, four drummers, a harper and a fife, all appointed by lord chamberlain's warrant. The drummers' positions seem to have been left unfilled 1685–1688. The harper and fife were eliminated in 1702. From about 1712 the drummers are referred to as drum-majors to specific household regiments (as opposed to the drum-major general). By 1758 there were five drummers and two kettle drummers. (fn. 1)

These servants were paid £34 7s at the Exchequer until 1682, when they were transferred to the paymaster of the forces. (fn. 2) From this point the drum-major made £30 per annum, the drummers and fife £24 per annum. They also received livery of £16 2s 6d. (fn. 3)

The kettle-drummer made £ 91 5s under William III. (fn. 4)

Drum-major General 1660–?1760

1660 20 June Maugridge, J.
1688 10 Apr. Maugridge, J.
1705 24 Apr. Maugridge, R., jun.
1720 18 Feb. Clothier, J.
1754 4 Feb. Conquest, J.

Drummers (from 1712 Drum-majors) 1660–1837

1660 21 June Crewes, J.
1660 20 July Lewis, T.
1660 24 July Ottley, E.
1661 19 Feb. Maugridge, R
1662 7 Apr. Clothier, D.
1665 27 Nov. Maugridge, R., sen.
1677 19 Mar. Wharton, E.
1683 30 Oct. Skyrme, J.
1688 10 Apr. Clothier, D.
1688 10 Apr. Lewis, T.
1688 10 Apr. Skyrme, J.
1699 29 Apr. Clothier, J.
1701 25 June Gardner, W.
1702 9 July Vandenande, C.
1712 24 Mar. Herauld, J.
1712 24 Mar. Boroughs, R. (1st Reg. of Footguards)
1712 24 Mar. Underhill, W. (Footguards)
1715 7 Sept. Minicks, D.
1715 7 Sept. Perkins, R.
1715 7 Sept. Venables, J.
1717 27 Dec. Willis, J. (1st. Reg. of Footguards)
1723 12 Feb. Warrington, D. (1st Reg. of Footguards)
1724 18 Feb. Fisher, C. (Cold Stream Reg.)
1724 24 June Hallam, W. (Coldstream Guards)
1725 23 Feb. Norton, P. (1st Reg. Footguards)
1727 16 Sept. Browne, R. (3rd Reg. of Footguards)
1727 18 Oct. Baine, J. (3rd. Reg. of Footguards)
1733 18 May Crisp, W. (Coldstream Guards)
1735 31 July Drummond, W. (3rd Reg of Footguards)
1741 23 Jan. Jones, J. (Footguards)
1743 24 Jan. Rowland, T. (Coldstream Guards)
1743 23 Apr. Davis, D. (1st. Reg. of Footguards)
1743 23 Apr. Aspley, J. (1st Reg. of Footguards)
1744 7 Feb. Pollard, W. (3rd. Reg. of Footguards)
1745 21 Nov. Conquest, J. (Coldstream Guards)
1746 8 Dec. Harmon (1st Reg. of Footguards)
1747 23 Jan. Spencer, R. (3rd Reg. of Footguards)
1748 11 Feb. Dolling (1st. Reg. of Footguards)
1749 18 May Higgins, L. (1st Reg. of Footguards)
1751 29 Aug. Sumner, W. (1st Reg. of Footguards)
1753 12 Jan. Field, J. (1st Reg. of Footguards)
1754 4 Feb. Chaterley, J. (Coldstream Guards)
1754 14 Nov. Thorpe, W. (Coldstream Guards)
1755 14 Nov. Moore, H. (1st Reg. of Footguards)
1756 1 Dec. Rogers, T. (1st Reg. of Footguards)
1758 7 Oct. Messing, S. (3rd Reg. of Footguards)
By 1759 Arbuthnot, T.
1759 28 Nov. Bean, M. (1st Reg. of Footguards)
1762 29 Sept. Spink, C.
By 1767 Stuart, C.
By 1770 Wood, J.
By 1773 Gains, P.
By 1773 Tomlin, J.
1775 4 July Malcolm, J. (Coldstream Guards)
1780 28 June Sellers, C. (Coldstream Guards)
1780 21 Oct. Mosman, D. (1st Reg. of Footguards)
1781 12 Jan. Wallis, T. (1st. Troop of Horseguards)
1781 Aug. Wood, W. (Coldstream Guards)
By 1783 Boyce, J.
1783 June Gibbs, H. (1st Reg. of Footguards)
1795 20 Jan. Ford, J. (1st Reg. of Footguards)
1795 20 June Mortimer, G. (1st Reg. of Footguards)
1795 21 Dec. Lamb, W. (Coldstream Guards)
By 1797 Jenkinson, W.
1797 2 Feb. Astler, R. (Lifeguards)
By 1801 Martindee, -
1801 7 Apr. Wilson, R. (1st Reg of Footguards)
1801 21 Oct. White, W. (1st Reg. of Footguards)
1803 26 Mar. Wild, P. (3rd Reg. of Footguards)
1803 7 May Watson, J. (1st Reg. of Footguards)
1804 28 Sept. White, G. (1st Reg. of Footguards)
1804 4 Dec. Robinson, J.
1806 8 Sept. Potter, S. (Coldstream Guards)
1810 23 Apr. Bradley, G. (1st Reg. of Footguards)
1814 Apr. Burrows, J.
By 1816 Page, J. H.
1816 23 Feb. Stevens, J.
1816 1 Apr. Horton, J.
1816 15 Apr. Lowrey, E.
1816 23 Aug. McCarter, D.
1817 10 Apr. Jones, J.
1819 24 Sept. Rooney, J.
1819 30 Nov. Ashton, J.
1820 26 Dec. Sharp, J.
1825 19 May Moss, G.
1825 17 Aug. King, J.
1826 6 Feb. Errington, J.
1828 3 Aug. Caldwell, N.
1830 19 June Busby, T.
By 1836 Gilbourne, G.
1836 9 Mar. Robertson, R.

Drummers in Extraordinary 1665–?1690

1665 28 Feb. Canon, N.
1665 27 Aug. Maugridge, R., sen.
1665 28 Oct. Wharton, E.
1667 22 Oct. Gibson, S.
1671 30 Aug. Maugridge, J.
1672 14 Dec. Skyrme, E.
1675 20 Dec. Langley, J.
1679 22 Jan. Agas, R.
1690 19 Jan.. Hobson, C.

Kettle-drummers 1660–?1782; c. 1836–1837

1660 20 June Bartooske, J.
1661 23 Dec. Berneyhoski, H.
1666 22 June Vanbright, W.
1682 8 June Maugridge, R., sen.
1686 6 May Vandenande, C.
[1702] Maugridge, R., jun.
1714 31 Dec. Vandenande, J.
1744 4 May Smith, F.
By 1755 Wietzenmüller, J.
1758 22 June Simpson, R
By 1766 Asbridge, -
By 1770 Malme, G.
1781 13 Feb. Dressler, J.
By 1836 Astley, R.
1836 14 Oct. Tutton, J. R.

Kettle-drummer in Extraordinary 1662–?

1662 6 June Josse, J. N.

Drum-maker 1677–?

1677 31 Oct. Goodale, J.

Harper 1690–1702; 1827–?

1690 20 Jan. Reynolds, M.
1827 13 Jan. Weippert, J. M.

Fife 1660–1702

1660 Jeddow, -
By 1661 Tasher, J.
1662 23 June Vaux, R.
1672 25 Nov. Newth, C.
1690 12 Apr. Ashbury, J.

Fife in Extraordinary 1667–1672

1667 22 Oct. Newth, C.

Bagpiper 1664–?

1664 23 Feb. Tollet, W.

Footnotes

1 LC 3/3, 'Places in the Disposall of the Lord Chamberlain'; LC 5/27, p. 155; LC 5/28, p. 79.
2 See BDECM, p. 721.
3 RECM V, 80 citing E 403/2467, f. 126v; LC 3/3, f. 25; LC 3/7, f. 16; however, cf. RECM I, 27, 62 citing LC 5/137, p. 262, LC 5/138, p. 398 for a fee of £60; acc. Chamberlayne [1692], p. 145, trumpets and drums make 5s pd.; Chamberlayne [1728], III, 64 gives £25 for the Drum-major; called 'Court-drummer', the only drummer so listed, from ibid. [1735] II iii, 62.
4 LC 3/3, f. 24.