Navy Comptroller c. 1546-1639

A provisional list compiled by J C Sainty, January 2003

Introduction

This office had come into existence by 1546 when the crown 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, originally 100 marks, was fixed at £50 in 1561. For a list of subsequent holders of the office, see Navy Board Officials 1660-1832, comp. J.M. Collinge (1978), p. 22).

Chronological list of Comptrollers

  • By 1546 Broke, William
    Gt. of salary 24 Apr. 1546 (Letters and Papers of Henry VIII, xxi(1), 359 (10)); surr. by 12 Dec. 1561 (CPR 1560-63, p. 302).
  • 1561 Broke, William; Holstock, William
    Gt. in surv. 12 Dec. 1561 (CPR 1560-63, p. 302); Holstock, sole survivor, surr. 29 Oct. 1580 (ibid.).
  • 1580 Holstock, William; Borough, William
    Gt. in surv. 5 Nov. 1580 (CPR 1578-80, p. 272(2155)); Holstock d. 28 Oct. 1589 (History of Parliament 1558-1603, ii, 331); Borough d. by 24 Dec. 1598 (C 66/1499, gt. to Palmer).
  • 1598 Palmer, Sir Henry (1), Kt.
    Gt. 24 Dec. 1598 (C 66/1499); d. 24 Nov. 1611 (DNB).
  • 1611 Slingsby, Sir Guilford, Kt.
    Gt. in rev. after Sir Henry Palmer (1) 10 Mar. 1604 (C 66/1621); succeeded 24 Nov. 1611 (d. of same); d. 29 Apr. 1631 (C 142/728 no. 7).
  • 1631 Palmer, Sir Henry (2), Kt.
    Gt. in rev. after Sir Henry Palmer (1) and Guilford Slingsby 20 Aug. 1611 (C 66/1924 no. 14); succeeded 29 Apr. 1631 (d. of Slingsby); vacated by 12 Dec. 1639 (gt. to Palmer and Carteret).
  • 1639 Palmer, Sir Henry (2), Kt.; Carteret, George
    Gt. in surv. 12 Dec. 1639 (C 66/2862 no. 16).

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References

C 66
Chancery patent rolls
C 142
Chancery inquisitions post mortem: series II
CPR
Calendar of Patent Rolls

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