Clerks of the Signet c. 1539-1660

Provisional list c. 1539-1660 compiled by J.C. Sainty March 1999

Introduction

This list is designed to provide an account of the four Clerks of the Signet from 1539, when they began to be appointed by letters patent under the great seal until the Restoration in 1660. Subsequent holders of the office are listed in Officials, pp. 56-7.

 

List of appointments

By 1539 Derby, J.
1539 2 Oct. Huttoft, J.
By 1540 Wriothesley, T.
1540 14 Apr. Knight, T.
By 1541 Godsalve, J.
By 1541 Taverner, R.
1541 8 Jan. Paget, W.
1541/4 Honing, W.
1544/5 Railton, G.
1547/55 Yetsweirt, N.
1547/55 Cliffe, J.
1561 30 Oct. Somer, J.
1569 Dec. Windebanke, T.
1578/89 Wood, J.
1578/89 Yetsweirt, C.
1589 9 Mar. Lake, T.
1595 23 Dec. Faunt, N.
1607 24 Oct. Munck, L.
1608 Gall, F.
1610 5 Sept. Windebanke, F.
1616 13 Jan. Kirkham, R.
1623 27 May May, Sir H.
1630 9 June More, J.
1632 15 June Williams, Sir A.
1638 Norgate, E.
1638 Warwick, P.
1641/5 Windebanke, T.
1655 16 June Nutley, J.
1656 20 Mar. Morland, S.

References

C66
Chancery Patent Rolls
CPR
Calendar of Patent Rolls
CSPD
Calendar of State Papers Domestic
DNB
Dictionary of National Biography
Docquets
Docquets of Letters Patent ... passed under the Great Seal of Charles I 1642-1646, ed. W.H. Black (1837)
HP
History of Parliament
LP
Letters and Papers of Henry VIII
Officials
Officials of the Secretaries of State 1660- 1782, comp. J.C. Sainty (1973)

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