Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (Revised), Court Officers, 1660-1837. Originally published by University of London, London, 2006.
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Master of the Household 1660–1837
The master of the household, generally a sinecure, was appointed by royal warrant. (fn. 1) The remuneration originally amounted to £500 consisting of wages of 100 marks (£66 13s 4d) and board wages of £433 6s 8d, plus lodgings at Whitehall and plate worth £400. (fn. 2) In 1761 an additional allowance of £438 was granted in lieu of fees bringing the total to £938. (fn. 3) This was increased to £1,138 in 1782 and to £1,158 in 1812. (fn. 4)
The clerkship to the master of the household was an unestablished position until 1761. Its holder received £25 per annum in 1668, £20 in 1680 'for keeping and making of the Maine Dockett drawing and transcribing Lettrs. orders and Engrossing the same'. This became the official salary on the Establishment of 1 July 1761. This office was abolished in 1783. (fn. 5)
A private secretary was established in 1804.