Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (Revised), Court Officers, 1660-1837. Originally published by University of London, London, 2006.
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Postilions in the Stables c. 1705–1837
Postilions were appointed by the master of the horse. Queen Anne's Establishment lists six such officers at £30 in wages, plus £28 per annum in livery. This number was reduced to five on that of George II. This Establishment divides the office's remuneration into £25 in wages and £5 in livery money. Postilions were also allowed a suit of livery worth £28. George III was served by seven postilions until 1791; then six (at £35 in salary) until 1801, when a seventh was once again appointed. In 1812 the body postilion (also known as the state postilion) made £95 in salary, the remaining servants £85. All but the body postilion's position were eliminated on the Establishment of 1830, upon which his salary rose to £100. (fn. 1)
The postchaiseman was allowed £40 (£35 in salary, £5 for linen) per annum from 1761, £46 10s from 1791, £98 1s 6d in 1807 and £95 from 1812. This rose to £100 in 1830. (fn. 2)
('Additional Postillion for Care of the Post Chaises') 1761–1837
Chariot Driver c. 1669–c. 1682
The chariot driver was probably appointed by the master of the horse. This officer was allowed £18 5s and a hackney livery. (fn. 1)