Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 1, Treasury Officials 1660-1870. Originally published by University of London, London, 1972.
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Doorkeeper c. 1712-1870 and Chief Doorkeeper 1804-14
The term Doorkeeper was first applied to a member of the Treasury staff in 1715. The office itself was, however, probably of earlier origin since its holder at that date had been employed in the Treasury from at least 1690, being described in 1712 as Under Chamber Keeper. (fn. 1) From at least 1763 the office was a sinecure so far as the principal was concerned, the duties being executed by deputy. (fn. 2) In 1798 the Board insisted that the functions were performed in person. (fn. 3) In 1804 the then Doorkeeper was promoted to the position of Chief Doorkeeper but this office was discontinued on his death in 1814. (fn. 4) At the time of the reorganisation of the Messengers in 1835 the Doorkeeper was placed in the first class, ranking after the Messenger of the Chamber. (fn. 5)
The salary attached to the office of Doorkeeper in 1712 was £40 payable by the Office Keeper. (fn. 6) It was fixed at £70 in 1798 and at £90 in 1802. (fn. 7) From 1835 the Doorkeeper received the salary of a First Class Messenger. (fn. 8) The salary of the Chief Doorkeeper was fixed at £100 in 1804. (fn. 9)
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