Commissioners: Taxes 1711-1833

Provisional Lists compiled by J.C. Sainty February 2003

Introduction

Before 1711 the commissioners of taxes were appointed by letters of privy seal. In that year their responsibilities were extended to include the management of the duties on hides and their appointment embodied in a commission under the great seal (W.R. Ward, 'The Office for Taxes, 1665-1798,' English Historical Review, xxv (1952), 204-12). They were more usually known as commissioners of hides until responsibility for those duties was transferred to the excise in 1718 (C 66/3528 no. 22) after which they were designated commissioners of taxes. Until 1762 the commission consisted of six members. In that year Reade was appointed to an additional post and from 1763 there were seven regular commissioners. There was a reduction to five in 1798 and to four in 1828. In 1833 the commission ceased to have a separate existence when it was amalgamated with the board of stamps (C 66/4421 no. 3).

Originally each commissioner received a salary of £500. This was raised to £800 in 1818 and to £1,000 in 1820. In 1823 the salary of the first commissioner was fixed at £1,600.

Chronological list of commissions

1711 2 June Ryley, P.; Townshend, G.; Shoreditch, R.; Walbank, W.; Millart, R.; Isham, J. (C 66/3479 no. 12).

1713 20 Nov. Shoreditch, R.; Walbank, W.; Millart, R.; Isham, J.; Legh, T. Ryley, R. (C 66/3491 no. 6).

1714 22 Dec. Walbank, W.; Vincent, N.; Burrard, P.; Williams, J.; Dawley, A.; Fairfax, B. (C 66/3502 no. 42).

1715 24 Nov. Vincent, N.; Burrard, P.; Williams, J.; Dawley, A.; Fairfax, B.; Masters, Sir H.(C 66/3511 no. 14).

1718 2 July Vincent, N., Burrard, P.; Williams, J.; Dawley, A.; Fairfax, B.; Brace, F. (C 66/3526 no. 2).

1719 22 July Vincent, N.; Williams, J.; Dawley, A.; Fairfax, B.; Brace, F.; Aldworth, R. (C 66/3531 no. 7).

1720 18 June Williams, J.; Dawley, A.; Fairfax, B.; Brace, F.; Aldworth, R.; Young, E. (C 66/3538 no. 10).

1723 6 Aug. Williams, J.; Dawley, A.; Brace, F.; Aldworth, R.; Young, E.; Cleland, W. (C 66/3556 no. 14).

1724 1 May Williams, J.; Aldworth, R.; Young, E.; Cleland, W.; Medlycott, T.; Bromfield, J. (C 66/3555 no. 33).

1727 26 Oct. Williams, J.; Aldworth, R.; Young, E.; Cleland, W.; Medlycott, T.; Bromfield, J. (C 66/3571 no. 23).

1735 18 Oct. Aldworth, A.; Young, E.; Cleland, W.; Medlycott, T.; Bromfield, J.; Kelsall, H. (C 66/3595 no. 11).

1738 7 July Young, E.; Cleland, W.; Medlycott, T. Bromfield, J.; Kelsall, H.; Richardson, J. (C 66/3598 no. 18; commission of 12 Geo. II enrolled in error on patent roll of 11 Geo. II).

1741 5 June Young, E.; Medlycott, T.; Bromfield, J.; Kelsall, H.; Richardson, J.; Talbot, R. (C 66/3605 no. 4).

1744 28 June Young, E.; Bromfield, J.; Kelsall, H.; Richardson, J.; Talbot, R.; Rigby, C. (C 66/3615 no. 11).

1749 21 Mar. Young, E.; Bromfield, J.; Kelsall, H.; Richardson, J.; Rigby, C.; Frankland, R. (C 66/3626 no. 12).

1755 5 Dec. Young, E.; Kelsall, H.; Richardson, J.; Rigby, C.; Frankland, R.; Trenchard, J. (C 66/3649 no. 8).

1756 14 Apr. Young, E.; Kelsall, H.; Rigby, C.; Frankland, R.; Trenchard, J.; Fane, J. (C 66/3652 no. 20).

1761 28 Jan. Young, E.; Kelsall, H.; Rigby, C.; Frankland, R.; Trenchard, J.; Fane, J. (C 66/3671 no. 5).

1761 28 Oct. Young, E.; Kelsall, H.; Rigby, C.; Trenchard, J.; Fane, J.; Quarme, G. (C 66/3682 no. 43).

1762 24 Feb. Young, E.; Rigby, C.; Trenchard, J.; Fane, J.; Quarme, G.; Wyndham, T. (C 66/3683 no. 24).

1762 21 Apr. Reade, H. (additional) (C 66/3683 no. 16).

1763 2 Feb. Young, E.; Trenchard, J.; Wyndham, T.; Blair, W.; Bull, D.; Blount, G.; Bradshaw, T. (C 66/3686 no. 4).

1765 23 Aug. Young, E.; Rigby, C.; Trenchard, J.; Wyndham, T.; Bull, D.; Blount, G.; Bradshaw, T. (C 66/3702 no. 1).

1767 30 Oct. Young, E.; Rigby, C.; Trenchard, J.; Wyndham, T.; Bull, D.; Blount, G.; Tucker, E. (C 66/3715 no. 19).

1769 9 June Young, E.; Rigby, C.; Trenchard, J.; Wyndham, T.; Bull, D.; Blount, G.; Dering, C. (C 66/3722 no. 16).

1773 13 May Rigby, C.; Trenchard, J.; Wyndham, T.; Bull, D.; Blount, G.; Dering, C.; Eames, J. (C 66/3741 no. 11).

1778 29 Jan. Rigby, C.; Trenchard, J.; Bull, D.; Blount, G.; Dering, C.; Eames, J.; Heathcote, G. (C 66/3767 no. 3).

1783 5 Mar. Trenchard, J.; Bull, D.; Blount, G.; Dering, Eames, J.; Heathcote, G.; Popham, A. (C 66/3802 no. 12).

1784 6 July Trenchard, J.; Bull, D.; Blount, G.; Dering, C.; Eames, J.; Heathcote, G.; Fownes Luttrell, F. (C 66/3814 no. 16).

1789 4 Nov. Trenchard, J.; Bull, D.; Blount, G.; Dering, C.; Eames, J.; Fownes Luttrell, F.; Farnaby, J. (C 66/3855 no. 8 where dated 31 Oct. 1789 (sic)).

1795 8 Sept. Trenchard, J.; Blount, G.; Dering, C.; Farnaby, J.; Barne, B.; Meadows, E.; Hayes, H. (C 66/3915 no. 2).

1798 26 Feb. Lowndes, W.; Barne, B.; Meadows, E.; Hayes, H.; Goodenough, G.T. (C 66/3946 no. 15).

1802 25 Nov. Lowndes, W.; Barne, B.; Meadows, E.; Hayes, H.; Hodgson, H. (C 66/4013 no. 13).

1806 13 Dec. Lowndes, W.; Barne, B.; Meadows, E.; Hodgson, H.; Lamb, T.D. (C 66/4060 no. 5).

1810 30 July Lowndes, W.; Barne, B.; Hodgson, H.; Lamb, T.D.; Steward, G.T. (C 66/4104 no. 8).

1818 20 June Lowndes, W.; Barne, B.; Hodgson, H.; Steward, G.T. Rushworth, C.P. (C 66/4200 no. 20).

1819 24 Sept. Lowndes, W.; Barne, B,; Steward, G.T.; Rushworth, C.P.; Bradshaw, W.R. (C 66/4214 no. 13).

1820 16 Mar. Lowndes, W.; Steward, G.T.; Rushworth, C.P.; Bradshaw, W.R.; Campbell, Sir H.F. (C 66/4218 no. 5).

1823 22 Mar. Mitford, R.; Steward, G.T.; Rushworth, C.P.; Bradshaw, W.R.; Campbell, Sir H.F. (C 66/4253 no. 2).

1828 25 Sept. Mitford, R.; Rushworth, C.P.; Bradshaw, W.R.; Campbell, Sir H.F. (C 66/4343 no. 10).

1830 2 Dec. Mitford, R.; Rushworth, C.P.; Bradshaw, W.R.; Campbell, Sir H.F. (C 66/4376 no. 23).

1833 21 June Commission revoked (C 66/4421 no. 3).

Alphabetical list of commissioners

Aldworth, Richard 22 July 1719-4 Apr. 1738. D. 4 Apr. 1738 (GM (1738), viii, 277).

Barne, Barne 7 May 1791-c. 16 Mar. 1820. Superannuated by 16 Mar. 1820 (C 66/4218 no. 5).

Blair, William 2 Feb. 1763-23 Aug. 1765.

Blount, George 2 Feb. 1763-26 Feb. 1798.

Brace, Francis 2 July 1718-6 Aug. 1723.

Bradshaw, Thomas 2 Feb. 1763-30 Oct. 1767.

Bradshaw, William Rigby 24 Sept. 1819-21 June 1833.

Bromfield, John 1 May 1724-5 Dec. 1755.

Bull, Daniel 2 Feb. 1763-29 Mar. 1791. D. 29 Mar. 1791 (HP 1754-90, ii, 129).

Burrard, Paul 22 Dec. 1714-22 July 1719.

Campbell, Sir Henry Frederick, Kt. 16 Mar. 1820-21 June 1833.

Cleland, William 6 Aug. 1723-5 June 1741.

Dawley, Anthony 22 Dec. 1714-29 Feb. 1724 (Historical Register (Chronicle) (1724), ix, 13).

Dering, Charles 9 June 1769-26 Feb. 1798.

Eames, John 13 May 1773-13 May 1795. D. 13 May 1795 (HP 1754-90, ii, 374).

Fairfax, Brian 22 Dec. 1714-6 Aug. 1723.

Fane, John 14 Apr. 1756-2 Feb. 1763.

Farnaby, John 4 Nov. 1789-26 Feb. 1798.

Fownes Luttrell, Francis 6 July 1784-4 Dec. 1793.

Frankland, Richard 21 Mar. 1749-21 Sept. 1761. D. 21 Sept. 1761 (GM (1761), xxxi, 430).

Goodenough, George Trenchard 26 Feb. 1798-25 Nov. 1802.

Hayes, Horace 8 Sept. 1795-25 Nov. 1806. D. 25 Nov. 1806 (GM (1806), lxxvi(2), 1082).

Heathcote, George 29 Jan. 1778-29 June 1789. D. 29 June 1789 (GM (1789), lix(2), 671).

Hodgson, Henry 25 Nov. 1802-c. 24 Sept. 1819. Superannuated by 24 Sept. 1819 (C 66/4214 no. 13).

Isham, Justinian 2 June 1711-22 Dec. 1714.

Kelsall, Henry 18 Oct. 1735-10 Feb. 1762. D. 10 Feb. 1762 (HP 1715-54, ii, 185).

Lamb, Thomas Davis 13 Dec. 1806-13 May 1818. D. 13 May 1818 (GM (1818), lxxxvi(1), 639).

Legh, Thomas 20 Nov. 1713-22 Dec. 1714.

Lowndes, William 26 Feb. 1798-c. 22 Mar. 1823. Superannuated by 22 Mar. 1823 (C 66/4253 no. 2).

Luttrell see Fownes Luttrell

Masters, Sir Harcourt, Kt. 24 Nov. 1715-2 July 1718.

Meadows, Edward 4 Dec. 1793-c. 30 July 1810. Resigned by 30 July 1810 (C 66/4104 no. 8).

Medlycott, Thomas 1 May 1724-28 June 1744.

Millart, Roger 2 June 1711-22 Dec. 1714.

Mitford, Robert 22 Mar. 1823-21 June 1833.

Popham, Alexander 5 Mar. 1783-c. 6 July 1784. Resigned by 6 July 1784 (C 66/3814 no. 16).

Quarme, George 28 Oct. 1761-2 Feb. 1763.

Reade, Henry 21 Apr.-13 Dec. 1762. D. 13 Dec. 1762 (GM (1762), xxxii, 600).

Richardson, Joseph 7 July 1738-14 Apr. 1756.

Rigby, Christopher 28 June 1744-2 Feb. 1763; 23 Aug. 1765-8 Feb. 1783. D. 8 Feb. 1783 (GM (1783), liii(1), 182.

Rushworth, Charles Powlett 20 June 1818-21 June 1833.

Ryley, Philip 2 June 1711-20 Nov. 1713.

Ryley, Reginald 20 Nov. 1713-22 Dec. 1714.

Shoreditch, Richard 2 June 1711-22 Dec. 1714.

Steward, Gabriel Tucker 30 July 1810-25 Sept. 1828.

Talbot, Roger 5 June 1741-21 Mar. 1749.

Townshend, George 2 June 1711-20 Nov. 1713.

Trenchard, John 5 Dec. 1755-26 Feb. 1798.

Tucker, Edward 30 Oct. 1767-1 May 1769. D. 1 May 1769 (GM (1769), xxxix, 271).

Vincent, Nicholas 22 Dec. 1714-18 June 1720.

Walbank, William 2 June 1711-24 Nov. 1715.

Williams, John 22 Dec. 1714-18 Oct. 1735.

Wyndham, Thomas 24 Feb. 1762-19 Sept. 1777. D. 19 Sept. 1777 (HP 1715-54, ii, 562).

Young, Edward 18 June 1720-13 May 1773.

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References

C 66
Chancery patent rolls
CTB
Calendar of Treasury Books
CTBP
Calendar of Treasury Books and Papers
DNB
Dictionary of National Biography
GM
Gentleman's Magazine
HP
History of Parliament
HRC
Historical Register (Chronicle)
RK
Royal Kalendar
T 53
Treasury: warrants relating to money
T 54
Treasury: warrants not relating to money

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