Clerks of the Privy Seal c. 1537-1851

A provisional list compiled by J.C. Sainty, March 1999)

The four Clerks of the Privy Seal were appointed by the crown by letters patent under the great seal from 1537. Tenure was for life until 1814 and during pleasure thereafter. In 1817 the offices were regulated by statute which required that clerks appo inted thereafter should exercise their duties in person subject to such conditions as the Treasury should prescribe (57 Geo. III, c. 63). In 1832 the Treasury was given authority to reduce the number of clerkships as it saw fit (2 & 3 Will. IV, c. 49) . Under this authority one clerkship was discontinued in 1832 on the death of Macdonald and another in 1837 on the death of Carles. The remaining two clerkships were abolished in 1851 (14 & 15 Vict., c. 82).

List of appointments

By 1537

Turner, R.

By 1537

Forth, R.

By 1537

Jeffrey, T.

By 1537

Hever, J.

1542/8

Clerk, E.

1551/4

Gale, J.

1554

Melley, R.

1554/68

Kerry, T.

1555/68

Oseley, R.

1558/68

Jones, R.

1568/72

Alington, H.

1586/98

Clerk, T.

[?1586-98

Packer, W.]

1586/98

Milles, F.

1607

Reynolds, E.

1617 15 Dec.

Anthony, E.

1618 Sept.

Clerk, E.

1618 6 Sept.

Packer, J.

1618

Packer, T.

1623 18 Dec.

Milles, J.

1633 16 Mar.

Chapman, J.

1638

Lane, W.

1638

Castle, J.

1641/3

Hawkins, W.

By 1643

Watkins, W.

By 1643

Watkins, T.

 

 

1655 16 June

Whitehead, R.

1655 9 July

Smithsby, T.

1656 23 Jan.

Fleetwood, M.

 

 

1660

Castle, J.

1660

Watkins, W.

1660

Montagu, E.

1660

Baron, H.

1662

Bickerstaffe, C.

1664Apr.

Matthews, J.

1672 28 May

Watkins, T.

1673Dec.

Richards, J.

1688

Baron, J.

1695 26 Nov.

Gosling, T.

1696 11 Dec.

Piers, Sir G.

1698 15 Dec.

Sawyer, G.

1699 4 Apr.

Tothill, R.

1720 4 June

Sargent, J.

1724

Moore, R.

1727 28 Apr.

Ratcliffe, T.

1731 23 Mar.

Caulfield, Hon. J.

1736 16 Feb.

Wilson, T.

1753 13 Feb.

Hervey, Hon. F.

1754 2 Apr.

Barbor, R.

1755 7 Mar.

Stillingfleet, J.

1758 31 July

Grenville, R.

1761 26 Oct.

Langham, P.

1763 2 Mar.

Potenger, R.

1767 10 Apr.

Jouvencel, P.C.

1773 8 June

Fleming, W.

1776 14 May

Reynardson, J.

1787 9 Feb.

Macdonald, J.

1794 4 Apr.

Carles, J.H.

1813 19 July

Fane, W.

1814 20 Apr.

Fane, J.T.

1823 24 July

Donne, J.G.

1833 23 Apr.

Eden, R. 

References

C 66
Chancery Patent Rolls
C 75
Surrender Rolls
C 142
Inquisitions post mortem
Docquets
Docquets of Letters Patent ...
passed under the Great Seal of Charles I 1642-
1646, ed. W.H. Black (1837)
Prob 11
Prerogative Court of Canterbury:
Registered copies of wills
PSO 5
Privy Seal Docquet Books
CSPD
Calendar of State Papers Domestic
GM
Gentleman's Magazine
HP
History of Parliament

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