Comptrollers of Army Accounts 1703-1835

Provsional list compiled by J C Sainty, January 2003

Introduction

This office was created in 1703. Appointments were made by the crown by letters patent under the great seal. Until 1806 two comptrollers served with a salary of £1500. In that year the number was increased to three, the first comptroller being granted a salary of £2000, the other two salaries of £1500 each. Between 1815 and 1817 a fourth comptroller served, also with a salary of £1500. On the death of King, the first commissioner, his place was not filled, his two remaining colleagues serving until the abolition of the office in 1835.

Between 1785 and 1805 the two comptrollers served as commissioners for the auditing of public accounts for which they received an additional £500 a year.

List of Comptrollers

  • 1703 Tredenham, Sir Joseph, Kt.
    Duncombe, William
    Gt. 10 June 1703 (C 66/3440 no. 7); Duncombe d. 13 Apr. 1704 (HP 1690-1715, iii, 946); gt. to Tredenham rev. 19 July 1704 (C 66/3444 no. 14).
  • 1704 Tredenham, Sir Joseph, Kt.
    Moore, Arthur
    Gt. 19 July 1704 (C 66/3444 no. 14); Tredenham d. 24 or 25 Apr. 1707 (HP 1690-1715, v, 667); gt. to Moore rev. 19 May 1708 (C 66/3463 no. 1).
  • 1708 Meadows, Sir Philip, Kt.
    Brodrick, Thomas
    Gt. 19 May 1708 (C 66/3463 no. 1); rev. 9 July 1711 (C 66/3482 no. 11).
  • 1711 Meadows, Sir Philip, Kt.
    Bruce, Hon. James
    Gts. 9 July 1711 (C 66/3482 no. 11),17 Feb. 1715 (C 66/3505 no. 2), 19 Jan. 1728 (C 66/3569 no. 38); rev. 22 Sept. 1730 (C 66/3581 no. 8).
  • 1730 Meadows, Sir Philip, Kt.
    Midleton, Alan (Brodrick) 2nd Viscount
    Gt. 22 Sept. 1730 (C 66/3581 no. 8); Midleton d. 8 June 1747; gt. to Meadows rev. 7 July 1747 (C 66/3622 no. 10).
  • 1747 Meadows, Sir Philip, Kt.
    Ilchester, Stephen (Fox) 1st Baron (cr. Earl of Ilchester 17 June 1756)
    Gt. 7 July 1747 (C 66/3622 no. 10); rev. 10 Nov. 1756 (C 66/3654 no. 19).
  • 1756 Ilchester, Stephen (Fox) 1st Earl of
    Cresset, James
    Gts. in surv. 10 Nov. 1756 (C 66/3654 no. 19), 5 Mar. 1761 (C 66/3673 no. 26); rev. 17 May 1775 (C 66/3753 no. 1).
  • 1775 Ilchester, Stephen (Fox) 1st Earl of
    Bunbury, Henry
    Gt. in surv. 17 May 1775 (C 66/3753 no. 1); Ilchester d. 26 Sept. 1776; gt. to Bunbury rev. 31 Oct. 1776 (C 66/3762 no. 12).
  • 1776 Bunbury, Henry
    Bowlby, Thomas
    Gt. 31 Oct. 1776 (C 66/3762 no. 12); rev. 19 Oct. 1780 (C 66/3782 no. 11).
  • 1780 Bunbury, Henry
    d'Oyley, Christopher
    Gt. 19 Oct. 1780 (C 66/3782 no. 11; letters patent of 20 Geo. 3 entered in error on patent roll for 21 Geo. 3); rev. 3 Oct. 1781 (C 66/3788 no. 4).
  • 1781 Bunbury, Henry
    Dick, Sir John, Bart.
    Gt. 3 Oct. 1781 (C 66/3788 no. 4); rev. 31 July 1783 (C 66/3805 no. 7).
  • 1783 Dick, Sir John, Bart.
    Molleson, William
    Gt. 31 July 1783 (C 66/3805 no. 7); rev. 9 Jan. 1794 (C 66/3897 no. 9).
  • 1794 Dick, Sir John, Bar.
    Martin Leake, John
    Gt. 9 Jan. 1794 (C 66/3897 no. 9); rev. 9 Oct. 1402 (C 66/4011 no. 4).
  • 1802 Martin Leake, John
    Erskine, John
    Gt. 9 Oct. 1802 (C 66/4011 no. 4); rev. 7 Oct. 1806 (C 66/4058 no. 8).
  • 1806 Martin Leake, John
    Erskine, John
    King, John
    Gt. 7 Oct. 1806 (C 66/4058 no. 8); vac. by 31 July 1811 (C 66/4116 no. 1, gt. to Erskine, King and Herries).
  • 1811 Erskine, John
    King, John
    Herries, John Charles
    Gt. 31 July 1811 (C 66/4116 no. 1); rev. 24 Oct. 1811 (ibid.).
  • 1811 Erskine, John
    King, John
    Drinkwater, John
    Gt. 24 Oct. 1811 (C 66/4116 no. 1); rev. 3 July 1815 (C 66/4164 no. 5).
  • 1815 Erskine, John
    King, John
    Drinkwater, John
    Rosenhagen, Anthony
    Gt. 3 July 1815 (C 66/4164 no. 5); Erskine d. 10 Feb. 1817 (GM (1817), lxxxvii(1), 374); gt. to King, Drinkwater and Rosenhagen rev. 9 Oct. 1823 (C 66/4261 no. 6).
  • 1823 King, John
    Drinkwater, John
    Stewart, Hon. James Henry Keith
    Gt. 9 Oct. 1823 (C 66/4261 no. 6); rev. 6 Nov. 1826 (C 66/4312 no. 3).
  • 1826 King, John
    Drinkwater, John
    Herries, Sir William Lewis, Kt.
    Gt. 6 Nov. 1826 (C 66/4312 no. 3); King d. Mar. 1830 (HP 1790-1820, iv, 337); gt. to Drinkwater and Herries rev. 23 May 1831 (C 66/4388 no. 11).
  • 1831 Drinkwater, John
    Herries, Sir William Lewis, Kt.
    Gt. 23 May 1831 (C 66/4388 no. 11); rev. 31 Mar. 1835 (C 66/4453 no. 3).

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References

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