Clerks in Ordinary 1649-1860

From 1660 the Clerks in Ordinary of the Council were four in number except for the years 1685-6 when they were reduced to three and 1786-7 when they were temporarily increased to five on the appointment of Grey Elliott. By 1808 two of the clerkships had become sinecures (PC 2/186 pp. 136-8). These offices were discontinued 1810 and 1824 on the deaths of Walpole and Sir George Chetwynd respectively. Two active Clerks served to 1859 when they were reduced to one on the resignation of Greville.

Appointed by the crown and admitted in the council. Appointments were embodied in letters patent under the great seal which granted the offices for life until 1679 and during pleasure thereafter. Originally admission preceded the issue of the patent but a fter 1715 usually followed it. In the following list appointments are dated by reference to whichever was the first event. The patent salary attached to the offices was £50 payable at the exchequer.

List of appointments

1649 14 May

Walker, E.

1656 18 Nov.

Lane, G.

1658 27 Oct.

Nicholas, J.

1660 22 June

Browne, Sir R.

1664 23 Sept.

Southwell, R.

1672 24 Jan.

Williamson, J.

1674 16 Sept.

Lloyd, P.

1677 21 Feb.

Doleman, Sir T.

1679 5 Dec.

Gwyn, F.

1685 16 Jan.

Bridgeman, W.

1685 16 Jan.

Musgrave, P.

1686 22 Oct.

Bridgeman, W.

1686 22 Oct.

Blathwayt, W.

1689 21 Feb.

Montagu, C.

1689 21 Feb.

Coling, R.

1692 24 Mar.

Dyves, J.

1693 12 Jan.

Bridgeman, W.

1697 27 July

Povey, J.

1699 18 May

Southwell, E.

1705 11 Jan.

Musgrave, C.

1710 2 Nov.

Musgrave, Sir C.

1715 12 May

Vernon, J.

1716 26 Mar.

Hales, R.

1717 23 Oct.

Stanyan, A.

1720 3 Feb.

Stanyan, T.

1729 22 May

Carey, W.

1731 11 Feb.

Sharpe, W.

1752 21 Apr.

West, G.

1756 14 Apr.

Fane, H.

1756 6 May

Blair, W.

1757 19 May

Vernon, F.

1762 22 Apr.

Sharpe, P.

1764 23 June

Walpole, R.

1767 11 Sept.

Cotterell, S.

1772 4 Dec.

Chetwynd, G.

1779 1 Jan.

Fawkener, W.

1786 25 Aug.

Elliott, G.

1810 8 Aug.

Chetwynd, Viscount

1811 19 Aug.

Buller, J.

1821 20 Mar.

Greville, C.F.F.

1830 15 Dec.

Bathurst, Hon. W.L.

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