Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (Revised), Court Officers, 1660-1837. Originally published by University of London, London, 2006.
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Avenor, Chief Equerry and Clerk Martial 1660–1837
The avenor and clerk martial was responsible for swearing in all officers and servants of the Stables by on warrants of the master of the horse. He was also required to make up the Stables accounts and issue debentures for paying its personnel. The office of avenor existed from the Restoration until 1783 when it was abolished and replaced by that of chief, or first equerry. Both these offices were held concurrently with that of clerk martial. The offices were in the gift of the Crown. Appointments were made by royal warrant to the lord steward requiring him to admit the recipient. (fn. 1)
After some variations the salary of the avenor and clerk martial was fixed at £260 in 1685. (fn. 2) On the creation of the office of chief equerry in 1783 its occupant received a salary of £500 in respect of that office and £60 as clerk martial. (fn. 3) In 1812 the salary of the combined offices was fixed at £528 together with an allowance of £250 for house rent making a total of £778. (fn. 4) In 1823 the remuneration was fixed at £1,000. (fn. 5)