The clerk of the stables was the principal clerical officer of the Stables.
His duties were described in 1782 as follows: To transact all the official Business of this Department with the Master of the Horse; to superintend and direct the Servants and the Business of the Stables under him; to execute all Orders relative to the same; and to controll and pay the Tradesmen’s Bills, small Salaries and to keep the Accounts thereof, and Pensions.
From 1782 he paid all salaries, bills and creditors that had been paid at the cofferer=s office.
The clerk of the stables was appointed by royal warrant.1 Although the office formed part of the establishment from the Restoration its occupants can be identified only from 1669.
By 1772 the clerk had come to be known as the principal clerk of the stables to distinguish him from the assistant or under clerk.
On the suppression of the latter post in 1782 the former was redesignated clerk of the stables.2 In 1830 the office was combined with that of secretary to the master of the horse.3 In 1664 the salary of the office was ,16 14s 7d.
In 1685 it was raised to ,224.
In 1783 the remuneration, having previously consisted of a salary of ,250 and an allowance of ,83 5s, was fixed at ,350.
In 1812 the salary was ,700 rising to ,800 by 1820.
It fell to ,750 in 1823 and to ,400 in 1828.
In 1830 it was fixed at ,700.4 The assistant or under clerk of the stables was appointed by warrant of the master of the horse.
Prior to 1772 he had been a non-established servant, paid out of an allowance to the clerk of the stables.
From 1772 he received a salary of ,100 plus an allowance of ,25.
The office was abolished in 1782.5 The second clerk of the stables was appointed by warrant of the master of the horse.
In 1812 he made ,300 in salary.
By 1830 he was also allowed ,80 for a horse.6 An assistant clerk was granted ,100 in 1821 and raised to ,200 in 1826.
In 1827 he was given responsibility for the stables at Windsor.
The post was eliminated in the following year, only to be revived at the accession of William IV at ,200 per annum.7 1.
MOH PB, 1 p. 146; PSBC, p. 58; Beattie, p. 99. 2.LS 13/35, f. 17; LS 13/38, f. 16v; MOH EB 4, p. 4; PB 1, pp. 161, 167-9; LB E, p. 278; EB 1D nos. 1, 2; LB F, p. 466.
The allowance in 1782 was for coals and candles, keeping a horse, fees on racing plates and for making up the annual accounts: PB 1, p. 146. 3.
MOH 2/256; RK , p. 127. 4.
MOH PB 1, pp. 132-3, 168-9; WB 2, p. 3; LB E, p. 278; EB 1D nos. 1, 2; LB F, p. 466. 5.
MOH PB 1, pp. 132-33, 168-69. 6.
MOH EB 4, p. 4; LB F, p. 549. 7.
MOH LB E, p. 459; LB F, pp. 340-41, 408, 466, 485; EB 1D, no. 2.
MOH 2/256 also lists a Nathaniel Sadler as assistant clerk of the stables c. 1835-36 Clerk c. 1669-1837 By 1669 By 1674 1675 9 Mar. 1676 15 Aug.
By 1679 By 1682 By 1682 By 1685 By 1685 1689 6 Oct. 1702 6 July 1716 14 Aug. 1727 9 Dec. 1760 22 Dec. 1762 16 Aug. 1772 30 May 1783 29 Mar. 1810 1828 1830 26 June Morgan, W.
Spearman, R.W. Assistant or Under Clerk 1772-1782 1772 27 May Parker, D.
Second Clerk 1812-1837 1812 13 Aug. 1830 26 June Goodwin, J.
Assistant Clerk of the Stables 1821-1837 1821 1828 1830 6 July 5 Jan. 6 July Pearce, S.
Cocum, J. (at Windsor) Pearce, S. Clerk of the Extraordinaries 1716 The clerk of the extraordinaries made ,50 per annum.1 His position was abolished on the promotion of the incumbent to the clerkship of the stables. 1.LS 13/260. 1716 1 Apr.
Maybank, R. Surveyor of the Highways 1660-1782 The office of surveyor of the highways or guide and conductor to the king when his Majesty travels, goes before, and takes care that the Roads are in good Order for his Majesty=s passing.
He has also the Government and Inspection of the Roads, calld [sic] the King=s and it is by Passport from him that any Body has free Passage thro= the same.1 This office was under the authority of the master of the horse and was appointed by his warrant.
It is to be distinguished from that of surveyor of the roads which was under the authority of the board of works and to which appointments were made by the Crown by letters patent under the great seal.
These posts were, however, held concurrently by the same individual until 1731.
The salary of the surveyor of the highways amounted to ,82.
The office was abolished in 1782.2 1.
PSBC, p. 58. 2.
The History of the King’s Works, ed.
Colvin (1963-82) V, 459-60; Chamberlayne (1718) II, 102, 145; CTB IX, 869, 873; LS 13/201, f. 26; MOH PB 1, pp. 132-3, 168-9. 1660 23 Nov. 1689 20 Apr. 1716 14 Aug. 1731 16 Mar. 1758 Lawrence, A.
Smith, J. Surveyors of the Stables 1660-1727 The surveyors of the stables were appointed by warrant of the master of the horse.
At least one such office existed from 1660.
Established at four in 1664 with wages of 11d a day (,16 14s 1d a year), the number of surveyors was reduced to three in 1680.
There was a further reduction to two in 1685 when the salary was fixed at ,120.
In 1689-90 three surveyors were appointed with specific responsibilities for the >Great Mews= in London and for the stables at Hampton Court and Kensington.
They were reduced to one in 1702 and increased to two in 1714.
The offices were abolished in 1727.1 1.
LS 13/34, f. 17; Dartmouth MSS ox D [w] 1778/v/132; LS 13/37, f. 17; LS 13/38, f. 16v; LS 13/39, p. 36; LS 13/43, f. 21; LS 13/44, f. 21v; LS 13/49, p. 50. 1660 1664 By 1669 By 1669 By 1669 By 1669 By 1674 By 1682 By 1685 1689 23 May 1690 2 Jan. 1690 15 Mar. 1712 17 Dec. 1714 29 Sept.
Shute, S. (Hampton Court) Negus, F. (London) de Brienne, S. (Kensington) Norton, A. (London) Steele, R. (Hampton Court) Riding Surveyor c. 1685-1782 On royal progresses, the riding surveyor >goes before and provides convenient lodging, &c.
For the Court and Houshold=.
He was appointed by warrant of the master of the horse.
The salary was ,30.
The office was abolished in 1782.1 1.
PSBC, p. 58; LS 13/38, f. 16v; MOH PB 1, pp. 132-3, 148, 168-9.
By 1685 1689 26 Mar. 1702 20 Oct. 1722 30 Apr. 1753 16 Jan. 1779 4 Mar.
Bell, R. Veterinary Surgeon 1798-1837 The veterinary surgeon made ,63 per annum in 1798.
This rose to ,420 by 1820.
By 1830 there was an additional allowance of ,80 per annum for a horse.1 1.
MOH PB 1, pp. 205-06; LB E, p. 278; LB F, p. 549; EB 1D, no. 1. 1798 16 Apr. 1830 26 June Deane, T.
Goodwin, W.S. Inspector of the Stables 1830-1837 This office was established at ,180 per annum by 1830.1 1.
MOH LB F, p. 549; EB 1D. 1830 5 May Goodwin, W.S.
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