Navy Clerk of the Acts c. 1546 - 1660

Navy Clerk of the Acts c. 1546 - 1660

A provisional list compiled by J C Sainty, January 2003

Introduction

This office had come into existence by 1546 when its holder was granted a salary by letters patent under the great seal. Thereafter the crown granted the office itself in this fashion. Tenure was for life until 1639 and during pleasure subsequently. The patent salary was £33 6s 8d. For subsequent holders of the office, see Navy Board Officials 1660-1832, comp. J.M. Collinge (1978), p. 22).

Chronological list of Clerks

  • By 1546 Howlett, Richard
    Gt. of salary 24 Apr. 1546 (Letters and Papers of Henry VIII, xxi(1), 356(2)); vacated by 10 Oct. 1560 (gt. to Wynter).
  • 1560 Wynter, George
    Gt. 10 Oct. 1560 (CPR 1558-60, p. 430); d. by 24 Mar. 1582 (CPR 1580-82, p. 197(1407)).
  • 1567 Hawkins, John
    Gt. in rev. after George Winter 2 June 1567 (CPR 1566-9, p. 106(666); did not succeed.
  • 1582 Borough, William; Gonson, Benjamin
    Gt. in surv. 24 Mar. 1582 (CPR 1580-82, p. 197(1407)); Gonson surr. 28 May 1596; Borough surr. 6 July 1596 (ibid.).

    1596 Gonson, Benjamin; Buck, Peter (ktd. 4 July 1604)
    Gt. in surv. 10 July 1596 (C 66/1449); Gonson d. by 17 Apr. 1604 (C 66/1655, gt. to Legatt); Buck d. by 21 Mar. 1625 (C 66/2329 no. 19).
  • 1604 Legatt, John
    Gt. in rev. after Peter Buck 17 Apr. 1604 (C 66/1655); did not succeed.
  • 1625 Flemming, Denis
    Gt. 21 Mar. 1625 (C 66/2329 no. 19); surr. 11 Feb. 1639 (E 214 no. 222).
  • 1639 Flemming, Denis; Barlow, Thomas
    Gt. in surv. 16 Feb. 1639 (C 66/2829 no. 5); revoked 13 July 1660 (C 66/2933 no. 2).

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References

C 66
Chancery patent rolls
CPR
Calendar of Patent Rolls
E 214
Exchequer: King's Remembrancer: modern deeds, series D

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