Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (Revised), Court Officers, 1660-1837. Originally published by University of London, London, 2006.
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Comptroller of the Household 1660–1837
The comptroller of the household, more or less a sinecure in this period, was appointed by royal warrant and received a white staff on entering office. (fn. 1) The remuneration attached to the office originally amounted to £1,200 consisting of wages of £107 17s 6d and board wages of £1,092 2s 6d, plus lodgings and plate worth £400. (fn. 2) In 1812 the salary was fixed at £904. (fn. 3)
The position of deputy comptroller of the household was created in 1823 'to direct and manage all the Servants of Our Family, of all Classes and Descriptions, whatever, and all our domestick Affaires', and in particular to 'see that Our Servants are diligent and attentive to their respective Duties, and that he report, without Favor or Affection, any Neglect he may discover, or any improper Conduct he may be acquainted with, in any of them, to the respective Officer of State in whose Department such Servant shall be.' It was combined with the office of secretary at £1,000 per annum. This officer was appointed by royal warrant. (fn. 4)