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The stables: Riders c. 1669-1702; 1714-1837

Pages 628-631

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

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Riders c. 1669–1702; 1714–1837

Riders were appointed by the master of the horse. Their duties were to break in and ride the `manage' horses, attend the King abroad on horseback, and assist in the instruction of pages of honour in horsemanship. In this last capacity they were subordinate to the equerries of the crown stable. There were four yeoman riders of the coursers' stable at £35 per annum apiece, plus one yeoman rider of the hunting stable at £51 14s 2d on the Household Establishment of 1664. There were three yeoman riders of the coursers' Stable and two yeoman riders of the hunting stable on that of March 1669. Wages were set at £36 10s per annum plus one horse livery in money. A yeoman rider of the race and running horses served between 1673 and 1682. The original ratio was restored on the Stables Establishment of 1682, with wages varying between £30 for the former and £36 10s for the latter, per annum. (fn. 1)

The number of yeoman riders was reduced to two but their wages raised to £130 each on the Establishment of 1685. No yeoman riders were appointed under Queen Anne. One such officer was restored, at the same wages as in 1685, in 1714, two from 1716. From 1765, the two yeoman riders' salaries were established at £186 and £130, respectively. In addition, they received allowances of £44 and £20 out of the pages' salaries, plus 5s per diem of attendance on the King. By 1807 these allowances had risen to £85 12s and £29, respectively. By 1817 their salaries had risen to £250 for the first yeoman rider, £150 for the second. By 1830, the former received an additional £80 for a horse, the latter £50. (fn. 2)

There were four child riders on the Stables Establishments of 1669 and 1682. (fn. 3)

Officially, there were two assistant riders 1760–1765, 1770–c. 1778 and 1783–1812, one at other times. An extra assistant rider served 1772–1783. Assistant riders were established at £60 per annum in 1760. Both officers had their salaries reduced to £40 apiece in 1777. By 1807 they were entitled to additional allowances worth £32 for the first assistant, £23 for the second. The position was abolished by the Establishment of 6 April 1812. (fn. 4)

Yeoman Riders of the Coursers Stable c. 1669–1685

By 1669 Armorer, D.
By 1669 Baxter, N.
By 1669 Corbett, S.
By 1682 Bespitch, D.
By 1682 Singleton, J.

Yeomen Riders of the Hunting Stables c. 1669–c. 1685; 1690–1702

[By 1669 Claybourne, C.]
By 1669 Cokayne, A.
1690 23 May Woolfraedt, J.

Yeoman Rider of the Race and Running Horses 1673–c. 1682

1673 1 Oct. Robinson, M.

Yeomen Riders c. 1685–1688

By 1685 Cokaine, A.
1685 31 Mar. Calvert, J.
1685 31 Mar. Pudsey, T.

Yeomen Riders 1690–1702; 1714–1765

1690 18 Jan. Root, F.
1714 29 Sept. Seymour, J.
1716 1 July Burton, M
1739 6 July Sedgewick, E.
1743 Jan. Burton, T.
1746 30 Apr. Sandos, F.
1759 22 Oct. Kemp, H.
1760 22 Dec. St. Amour, J.
1763 2 Apr. Montague, J., jun.

First Yeoman Rider 1765–1829; 1824–1837

1765 25 Feb. Montague, J., jun.
1790 23 Mar. Smith, T.
1812 13 Aug. Hobman, W.
1824 10 May Meyer, J.S.S.L.

Second Yeoman Rider 1765–1837

1765 6 Apr. Higgins, W.
1778 29 Mar. Smith, T.
1790 23 Mar. Parnham, W.
[1795] 31 July Giese, W.
1797 Mar. Clark, J.
1812 13 Aug. Lane, R.
1830 5 Jan. Long, J.
1830 1 July Lemmè, G.

Child Riders c. 1669–1685

By 1669 Alexander, R.
By 1669 Horniblow, G.
By 1669 Lloyd, R.
By 1669 Manley, C.
1674 30 June Richardson, R.
By 1682 Morgan, C.
By 1682 Robson, T.

First Assistant Rider 1760–1812

1760 29 Nov. Montague, J.
1763 1 Apr. Higgens, W.
1765 5 Feb. Smith, T. (sole Assistant to 1770)
[?1778 29 Mar.] Parnham, W. (sole Assistant to 1783)
[?1790 23 Mar.] Plyme, W.

Second Assistant Rider 1760–1765; 1770–c. 1778; 1783–1812

1760 29 Nov. Wright, J.F.
1763 1 Apr. Smith, T.
1770 17 Feb. King, E.
1776 4 July Parnham, W.
1783 Plyme, W.
1790 21 Apr. Clarkson, W.
1799 21 Feb. Froststick, W.

Extra Assistant Rider 1772–1783

1772 17 June Plyme, W.

Footnotes

  • 1. MOH PB 1, p. 147; LS 13/34, f. 17; Dartmouth MSS ox D (w) 1778/v/132; LS 13/253, f. 40. In 1671 Andrew Cokayne was granted an additional £50 per annum and a horse livery: LS 13/253, f. 32v.
  • 2. LS 13/38, f. 16v ; LS 13/44, f. 21v; LS 13/200, f. 33v; MOH PB 1, pp. 135, 147; WB 1, p. 27; LB C, pp. 172–73; LB E, p. 42; LB F, p. 549. With deductions, the emoluments fell in 1807 to £197 19s 4d and £111 6s 10d, respectively. By 1810, the first yeoman rider was allowed [?an additional] £30 in lieu of diet at Kew: LS 13/184, p. 148.
  • 3. Dartmouth MSS ox D (w) 1778/132.
  • 4. MOH WB 1, p. 16; PB 1, pp. 138–39 (This last lists the position beginning in the reign of George II; it lists only one assistant rider in 1779); EB 4; LB C, p. 176. In 1807 deductions reduced total emoluments to a net yield of £68 14s for the first assistant rider, £59 7s, for the second.