Paymaster of Forces 1661-1836

A provisional list compiled by J C Sainty

The office of Paymaster of the Forces was created in 1661. Appointments were made by the crown by letters patent under the great seal. The patent salary was £400 from 1661 to 1680 and 20 shillings a day thereafter, except for the years 1702-07 when it was fixed at 10 shillings a day.

The office of Paymaster of the Forces was abolished in 1836.

Paymasters of Forces 1661-1836

  • 1661 Fox, Stephen (knighted 1 July 1665)
    Gt. 18 Mar. 1661 (C 66/2961 no. 8); rev. 9 Feb. 1676 (C 66/3186 no. 25).
  • 1676 Puckering alias Newton, Sir Henry, 3rd Bart.
    Gt. 9 Feb. 1676 (C 66/3186 no. no. 25), 17 Mar. 1676 (C 66/3185 no. 21); rev. 23 May 1679 (C 66/3212 no. 5)
  • 1679 Fox, Sir Stephen, Knight
    Gt. 23 May 1679 (C 66/3212 no. 5); rev. 3 Jan. 1680 (C 66/3209 no. 8).
  • 1680 Johnson, Nicholas
    Fox, William
    Gt. in surv. 3 Jan. 1680 (C 66/3209 no. 8); Johnson d. 20 Apr. 1682 (Westminster Abbey Registers, ed. J.L. Chester (1876), p. 205 n. 3); Fox vacated by 28 Apr. 1682 (C 66/3226 no. 11).
  • 1682 Fox, Charles
    Gts. 28 Apr. 1682 (C 66/3226 no. 11), 21 Feb. 1685 (C 66/3266 no. 1); rev. 26 Dec. 1685 (C 66/3272 no. 31).
  • 1685 Ranelagh, Richard (Jones) 1st Earl of
    Gts. 26 Dec. 1685 (C 66/3272 no. 31), 15 Aug. 1689 (C 66/3328 no. 3), 22 June 1702 (C 66/3431 no. 45); rev. 22 Dec. 1702 (C 66/3437 no. 9).
  • 1702 Howe, John
    Gts. 22 Dec. 1702 (C 66/3437 no. 9), 30 Dec. 1707 (C 66/3459 no. 30); rev. 3 Oct. 1714 (C 66/3508 no. 1).
  • 1714 Walpole, Robert
    Gt. 3 Oct. 1720 (C 66/3508 no. 1); rev. 17 Oct. 1715 (C 66/3511 no. 37).
  • 1715 Lincoln, Henry (Clinton) 7th Earl of
    Gt. 17 Oct. 1715 (C 66/3511 no. 37); rev. 11 June 1720 (C 66/3535 no. 5).
  • 1720 Walpole, Robert
    Gt. 11 June 1720 (C 66/3535 no. 5); rev. 19 Apr. 1721 (C 66/3542 no. 15).
  • 1721 Cornwallis, Charles (Cornwallis) 4th Baron
    Gt. 19 Apr. 1721 (C 66/3542 no. 15); d. 20 Jan. 1722.
  • 1722 Compton, Hon. Spencer (knighted 27 May 1725;
    created Baron Wilmington 8 Jan. 1728; Earl of
    Wilmington 14 May 1730)
    Gts. 15 Mar. 1722 (C 66/3548 no. 28), 12 Aug. 1727 (C 66/3566 no. 24); rev. 15 May 1730 (C 66/3580 no. 9).
  • 1730 Pelham, Hon. Henry
    Gt. 15 May 1730 (C 66/3580 no. 9); rev. 24 Dec. 1743 (C 66/3613 no. 22).
  • 1743 Winnington, Thomas
    Gt. 24 Dec. 1743 (C 66/3613 no. 22); d. 23 Apr. 1746 (DNB).
  • 1746 Pitt, William
    Gt. 7 May 1746 (C 66/3618 no. 6); rev. 16 Dec. 1755 (C 66/3649 no. 5).
  • 1755 Darlington, Henry (Vane) 1st Earl of
    Dupplin, Thomas (Hay) styled Viscount
    Gt. in surv. 16 Dec. 1755 (C 66/3649 no. 5); rev. 8 Dec. 1756 (C 66/3655 no. 8).
  • 1756 Dupplin, Thomas (Hay) styled Viscount
    Potter, Thomas
    Gt. in surv. 8 Dec. 1756 (C 66/3655 no. 8); rev. 15 July 1757 (C 66/3658 no. 21).
  • 1757 Fox, Henry (created Baron Holland 16 Apr. 1763)
    Gt. 15 July 1757 (C 66/3658 no. 21), 21 Mar. 1761 (C 66/3676 no. 15); rev. 12 June 1765 (C 66/3700 no. 2).
  • 1765 Townshend, Hon. Charles
    Gt. 12 June 1765 (C 66/3700 no. 2); rev. 21 Aug. 1766 (C 66/3708 no. 4).
  • 1766 North, Frederick (North) styled Lord
    Cooke, George
    Gt. in surv. 21 Aug. 1766 (C 66/3708 no. 4); rev. 9 Dec. 1767 (C 66/3715 no. 6).
  • 1767 Cooke, George
    Townshend, Thomas
    Gt. in surv. 9 Dec. 1767 (C 66/3715 no. 6); Cooke d. 5 June 1768 (History of Parliament 1754-90, ii, 250); gt. to Townshend rev. 17 June 1768 (C 66/3718 no. 8).
  • 1768 Rigby, Richard
    Gt. 17 June 1768 (C 66/3718 no. 17); rev. 10 Apr. 1782 (C 66/3793 no. 12).
  • 1782 Burke, Edmund
    Gt. 10 Apr. 1782 (C 66/3793 no. 12); rev. 1 Aug. 1782 (C 66/3798 no. 14).
  • 1782 Barré, Isaac
    Gt. 1 Aug. 1782 (C 66/3798 no. 14); rev. 16 Apr. 1783 (C 66/3803 no. 14).
  • 1783 Burke, Edmund
    Gt. 16 Apr. 1783 (C 66/3803 no. 14); rev. 8 Jan. 1784 (C 66/3809 no. 12).
  • 1784 Grenville, William Wyndham
    Gt. 8 Jan. 1784 (C 66/3809 no. 12); rev. 7 Apr. 1784 (C 66/3812 no. 19).
  • 1784 Grenville, William Wyndham
    Mulgrave, Constantine John (Phipps) 1st Baron
    Gt. in surv. 7 Apr. 1784 (C 66/3812 no. 19); rev. 2 Sept. 1789 (C 66/3851 no. 5).
  • 1789 Mulgrave, Constantine John (Phipps) 1st Baron
    Graham, James (Graham) styled Marquess of
    (succeeded as 3rd Duke of Montrose 23 Dec. 1790)
    Gt. in surv. 2 Sept. 1789 (C 66/3851 no. 5); rev. 7 Mar. 1791 (C 66/3866 no. 8).
  • 1791 Ryder, Hon. Dudley
    Steele, Thomas
    Gt. in surv. 7 Mar. 1791 (C 66/3866 no. 8); rev. 5 July 1800 (C 66/3975 no. 4).
  • 1800 Steele, Thomas
    Canning, George
    Gt. in surv. 5 July 1800 (C 66/3975 no. 4); rev. 26 Mar. 1801 (C 66/3986 no. 6).
  • 1801 Steele, Thomas
    Glenbervie, Sylvester (Douglas) 1st Baron
    Gt. in surv. 26 Mar. 1801 (C 66/3986 no. 6); rev. 3 Jan. 1803 (C 66/4014 no. 5).
  • 1803 Steele, Thomas
    Addington, John Hiley
    Gt. in surv. 3 Jan. 1803 (C 66/4014 no. 5); rev. 7 July 1804 (C 66/4029 no. 18).
  • 1804 Rose, George
    Somerset, Lord Charles Henry
    Gt. in surv. 7 July 1804 (C 66/4029 no. 18); rev. 17 Feb. 1806 (C 66/4049 no. 4).
  • 1806 Temple, Richard (Temple Nugent Brydges
    Chandos Grenville) styled Earl
    Townshend, Lord John
    Gt. in surv. 17 Feb. 1806 (C 66/4049 no. 4); rev. 4 Apr. 1807 (C 66/4064 no. 4).
  • 1807 Long, Charles
    Somerset, Lord Charles Henry
    Gt. in surv. 4 Apr. 1807 (C 66/4064 no. 4); rev. 26 Nov. 1813 (C 66/4144 no. 6).
  • 1813 Long, Charles
    Robinson, Hon. Frederick John
    Gt. in surv. 26 Nov. 1813 (C 66/4144 no. 6); rev. 9 Aug. 1817 (C 66/4189 no. 5).
  • 1817 Long, Charles (cr. Baron Farnborough 8 July 1826)
    Gt. 9 Aug. 1817 (C 66/4189 no. 5); rev. 14 July 1826 (C 66/4308 no. 2).
  • 1826 Vesey Fitzgerald, William
    Gt. 14 July 1826 (C 66/4308 no. 2); rev. 10 July 1828 (C 66/4340 no. 19).
  • 1828 Calcraft, John
    Gt. 10 July 1828 (C 66/4340 no. 19); rev. 30 Dec. 1830 (C 66/4379 no. 14).
  • 1830 Russell, Lord John
    Gt. 13 Dec. 1830 (C 66/4379 no. 14); rev. 30 Dec. 1834 (C 66/4447 no. 25).
  • 1834 Knatchbull, Sir Edward, 9th Bart.
    Gt. 30 Dec. 1834 (C 66/4447 no. 25); rev. 28 Apr. 1835 (C 66/4455 no. 11).
  • 1835 Parnell, Sir Henry, 4th Bart.
    Gt. 28 Apr. 1835 (C 66/4455 no. 11); office abolished 1 Dec. 1836 (J. Haydn, Book of Dignities, 3rd edn., ed. H. Ockerby (1895), pp. 243-4).

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Paymaster of the Forces Abroad 1702 - 14

From 1702 to 1714 there was a distinct Paymaster of the Forces Abroad, appointed in the same manner as the Paymaster, with a salary of 10 shillings a day.

  • 1702 Fox, Charles
    Gt. 23 Dec. 1702 (C 66/3437 no. 8); rev. 10 May 1705 (C 66/3448 no. 1).
  • 1705 Brydges, Hon. James
    Gt. 10 May 1705 (C 66/3448 no. 1); rev. 4 Sept. 1713 (C 66/3492 no. 1).
  • 1713 Moore, Thomas
    Gt. 4 Sept. 1713 (C 66/3492 no. 1); rev. 3 Oct. 1714 (C 66/3508 no. 1).

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References

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Chancery patent rolls

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