Office-Holders in Modern Britain

In 1972 the Institute of Historical Research began publication of a series of lists of office-holders entitled Office-Holders in Modern Britain. Thus far twelve printed volumes have appeared.

While the possibility of further volumes is not ruled out, none is planned at present. Sir John Sainty has compiled the following provisional list of office holders. The lists, which are largely confined to the post-medieval offices of the English central government, are 'provisional' in the sense that the compiler is conscious that they are not definitive and could be improved by further research. They are offered in the belief that, despite their imperfections, they are more accurate than any so far published.

The compiler would welcome additions and corrections to the individual lists and, more generally, comments on the scope and format of the undertaking. Information on the printed volumes in this series are available at the IHR bookshop.

Provisional list of office-holders

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Abbreviations used in the lists

AbbreviationDefinition
adm. admission, admitted
app. , Appt.appointed, appointment
B.Barony
Bart., Bt.Baronet
Chas.Charles
conf.confirmed
cr., Cr.created
D.Dukedom
d. , D.death, died
E.Earldom
gt., Gt.grant
HMC Historical Manuscripts Commission
(I)Peerage of Ireland
Jas.James
Kt., ktd. Knight, knighted
LPLetters Patent
M.Marquessate
Mich.Michaelmas
occ., Occ.occurrence, occurs
P.Prince
PC Privy Counsellor
pd., Pd.paid
Prob.Probably
reapp. reappointed
regt.regrant
res., Res.resigned
ret.retired
rev.reversion
(S)Peerage of Scotland
succ., Succ.succeeded
surr. surrendered
surv.survivorship
V.Viscountcy
vac., Vac.vacated
WSwarrant for salary

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