Paymaster of Pensions 1703-1782

A provisional list compiled by J C Sainty, November 2002

The first holder of this office was Edward Nicholas who was appointed treasurer to Mary II in April 1693 (CTB, x, 168). After the queen's death in the following year he continued to pay pensions to her former servants and in due course to pay new pensions granted by the crown. In 1703 he was formally appointed paymaster of the queen's private pensions and bounties with a salary of £400 (CTB, xviii, 315). The office was abolished in 1782 (22 Geo. III, c. 82).

Chronological list of Paymasters

  • 1703 Nicholas, Edward
    App. 26 June 1703 (CTB, xviii, 315); vac. by 26 Apr. 1707 (CTB, xxi, 250).
  • 1707 Compton, Hon. Spencer
    App. 26 Apr. 1707 (CTB, xxi, 250); vac. by 8 Aug. 1713 (CTB, xxvii, 312).
  • 1713 Nicholas, Edward
    App. 8 Aug. 1713 (CTB, xxvii, 312); accounted to 25 Mar. 1715 (AO 1/1924/11).
  • 1715 Godfrey, Edward
    App. 19 Aug. 1715 (AO 1/1924/12); accounted to 29 Sept. 1715 (ibid.).
  • 1715 Clayton, William
    App. 15 Dec. 1715 (AO 1/1924/13); vac. by 18 Mar. 1718 (CTB, xxxii, 246).
  • 1718 Chetwynd, Walter
    App. 18 Mar. 1718 (CTB, xxxii, 246), 25 July 1727 (T 52/35 p. 79); vac. by 4 May 1731 (CTBP 1731-4, p. 201).
  • 1731 Stewart, William
    App. 4 May 1731 (CTBP 1731-4, p. 201); vac. by 13 July 1742 (CTBP 1742-5, p. 217)
  • 1742 Hooper, Edward
    App. 13 July 1742 (CTBP 1742-5, p. 217); vac. by 22 Dec. 1744 (ibid. p. 655)
  • 1744 Keene, Benjamin
    App. 22 Dec. 1744 (CTBP 1742-5, p. 655); rev. 30 Oct. 1745 (ibid. p. 846).
  • 1745 Compton, Hon. Charles
    App. 30 Oct. 1745 (CTBP 1742-5, p. 846); d. 20 Nov. 1755 (History of Parliament 1754-90, ii, 241).
  • 1755 Gage, William Hall (Gage) 2nd Viscount
    App. 22 Dec. 1755 (T 52/47 p. 262), 16 Mar. 1761 (T 52/52 pp. 42-3); rev. 9 June 1763 (T 52/55 p. 73).
  • 1763 Neville, Richard Neville
    App. 9 June 1763 (T 52/55 p. 73); rev. 27 July 1765 (T 52/57 pp. 93-4).
  • 1765 Gage, William Hall (Gage) 2nd Viscount
    App. 27 July 1765 (T 52/57 pp. 93-4); office abolished 1782 (22 Geo. III, c. 82).

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References

AO 1/1924/11-13
Audit office: declared accounts of paymaster of pensions
CTB
Calendar of Treasury Books
CTBP
Calendar of Treasury Books and Papers
T 52
Treasury: King's warrant books

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