Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (Revised), Court Officers, 1660-1837. Originally published by University of London, London, 2006.
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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)
|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.|