Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 1, Treasury Officials 1660-1870. Originally published by University of London, London, 1972.
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Serjeant at Arms 1660-1832
The Serjeant at Arms attending the Treasurer or Commissioners of the Treasury was appointed by the crown by letters patent under the great seal. (fn. 1) The office was granted for life until 1684 and during pleasure thereafter. While it involved its holders in real duties until 1689, it appears to have become virtually a sinecure soon after this date. After having been temporarily discontinued between 1782 and 1790 it was abolished in 1832. (fn. 2)
The remuneration attached to the office was originally 1s a day salary and 1s 3d a day board wages (£41 1s 3d a year). In 1664 these sums were raised to 3s and 2s 6d respectively (£100 7s 6d a year). (fn. 3) They continued at this level until the abolition of the office.