Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (Revised), Court Officers, 1660-1837. Originally published by University of London, London, 2006.
This free content was digitised by double rekeying. All rights reserved.
Chairmen [Groom Littermen], c. 1669–1812
Chairmen (also known as groom littermen) were appointed by the master of the horse. The Household Establishment of 1664 lists two chairmen (`littermen') at 22d per diem (£33 9s 3d) and five such officers at 20d per diem (£30 8s 4d per annum). That of 1674 lists six chairmen or littermen at the latter wage and five littermen (their places to determine) at 12d per diem or £18 5s per annum. By the Establishment of 1679, these numbers had become eight chairmen at £30 8s 4d and three such officers at £18 5s per annum. In addition, chairmen were allowed one hackney livery on the Stables Establishment of 1669, a suit of livery worth £36 and bread, beer and beef when in attendance. James II reduced the number of chairmen to four at £36 per annum, which wages were raised to £42 per annum by Queen Anne by the provision of an allowance of £6 for livery. The position was abolished by the Establishment of 6 April 1812. (fn. 1)