Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4, Admiralty Officials 1660-1870. Originally published by University of London, London, 1975.
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Head Messenger 1666-1870
This office, whose holder was originally known simply as the Messenger or the Messenger and Doorkeeper, is traceable to the year 1666 when a salary of £20 was attached to it. (fn. 1) The salary was raised to £30 in 1668 and to £50 in 1694. (fn. 2) In 1782 an additional allowance was provided to compensate the Head Messenger for the loss of his apartments in the Admiralty. (fn. 3) In 1800 the salary was fixed at £120 and increased to £280 in 1808. (fn. 4) It was reduced to £250 in 1820 and to £200 in 1859. (fn. 5)