Institute of Historical Research

Officers of the Green Cloth: Cofferer

Provisional Lists 1485 - 1646 compiled by J.C. Sainty June 1999

Cofferer

For lists of earlier holders of the office, see T.F. Trout, Chapters in the Administrative History of Medieval England (Manchester, 1920-33), vi, 30-32 (to 1399). In 1540 the salary was £100 (LP, xvi, 394(56)).

Henry VII

1485

Warham, Laurence

Occ. Michaelmass 1485 (E 405/75).

 

By 1486

Payne, John

First occ. 1 Feb. 1486 (SP 46/123/150).

Accounted to 30 Sept. 1492 (E 101/413/7).

 

1492

Fisher, William

Accounted 30 Sept. 1492-30 Sept. 1494 (E 101/413/7; E 101/413/12).

 

1494

Cope, William

Accounted 30 Sept. 1494-30 Sept. 1505 (E 101/414/2; E 101/415/15).

 

By 1508

Cheseman, Edward

Occ. 8 Feb. and 30 Oct. 1508 (CCR 1500-9, pp. 315(840) & 319(852)).

 

Henry VIII

1509

Shirley, John

Accounted 30 Sept. 1509-30 Sept. 1526 (E 101/416/14; E 101/419/13).

Last occ. 10 May 1527 (LP, iv, 2972 p. 1332).

 

1527

Peckham, Edmund (Ktd. 18 May 1542)

First occ. 30 May 1527 (LP, iv, 3139).

Occ. in funeral list 16 Feb. 1547 (LC 2/2 f. 28r).

 

Edward VI

1547

Peckham, Sir Edmund, Kt.

Occ. in coronation list 16 Feb. 1547 (LC 2/3/1 pp. 73-4).

 

1547

Rither, John

Accounted 31 Mar. 1547-30 Sept. 1552 (E 351/1795).

D. apparently in office, 11 Oct. 1552 (HP 1509-58, iii, 241).

 

1552

Weldon, Thomas

Accounted 30 Sept. 1552-30 Sept. 1553 (E 351/1795).

Occ. in funeral list 8 Aug. 1553 (LC 2/4/1 f. 11r).

[Reappointed by 1559]

Mary I

1553

Freston, Sir Richard, Kt.

Accounted 30 Sept. 1553-30 Sept. 1557 (E 351/1795).

D. in office; buried 16 Jan. 1558 (Machyn's Diary, p. 163).

 

1558

Wentworth, Michael

Probably app. Jan. 1558 on d. of Sir Richard Freston.

Executors accounted 30 Sept. 1557-30 Sept. 1558 (E 351/1795).

D. apparently in office, 13 or 20 Oct. 1558 (HP 1509-58, iii, 583).

 

1558

Ward, Richard

Occ. in funeral list 14 Dec. 1558 (LC 2/4/2 f. 22r).

Accounted with Thomas Weldon 30 Sept. 1558-30 Sept. 1559 (E 351/1795).

[Reappointed 1567]

Elizabeth I

By 1559

Weldon, Thomas

Occ. in coronation list 15 Jan. 1559 (LC 2/4/3 p. 81).

Accounted (with Richard Ward) 30 Sept. 1558-30 Sept. 1559 (e 351/1795); (alone) 30 Sept. 1559-30 Sept. 1566 (ibid.); (by Anne Weldon, widow and William Weldon, gent.) 1 Oct. 1566-31 Mar. 1567 (ibid.).

D. 2 Mar. 1567 (HP 1558-1603, iii, 593 citing inquisition post mortem: E 150/824/1) but will, in which he describes himself as cofferer, dated 5 Mar. 1567 (Prob 11/50 f. 31).

 

1567

Ward, Richard

Accounted 31 Mar. 1567-30 Sept. 1578 (E 351/1795).

D., apparently in office, 11 Feb. 1578 (HP 1558-1603, iii, 580).

 

1578

Crane, Anthony

App. 5 Mar. 1578 (E 351/1795).

Accounted to 30 Sept. 1580 (ibid.).

 

1580

Abington, John

Accounted from 1 Oct. 1580 (E 351/1795).

D. 1 Oct. 1581/31 Mar. 1582 (ibid.).

 

1582

Lovell, Gregory

Accounted from 31 Mar. 1582 (E 351/1795).

D. 15 Mar. 1597 (O. Manning and W. Bray, History of Surrey (1804-14), i, 259; Sydney's Letters of State, ed. A. Collins (1746), ii, 30).

 

1597

Cocke, Sir Henry, Kt.

App. c. 19 Mar. 1597 (Sydney's Letters of State, ii, 33; Chamberlain Letters, i, 31).

Accounted 31 Mar. 1597-1 Apr. 1610 (E 351/1795-1804).

Occ. in funeral list 28 Apr. 1603 (LC 2/4/4 f. 37r).

James I

1603

Cocke, Sir Henry, Kt.

Continued in office.

D. 24 Mar. 1610 (HP 1558-1603, i, 622).

 

1610

Vernon, Sir Robert, Kt.

Accounted 1 Apr. 1610-1 Apr. 1615 (E 351/1805-1810).

Vac. by 25 Feb. 1615 (Chamberlain Letters, i, 584-5).

 

1615

Ingram, Sir Arthur, Kt.

Sworn 25 Feb. 1615 (Chamberlain Letters, i, 584-5).

Dismissed 10 July 1615 (ibid. 588, 590, 595, 606).

 

1615

Darrell, Sir Marmaduke, Kt.

App. to discharge business of the office in place of Sir Arthur Ingram Mar. 1615 (Chamberlain Letters, i, 588).

Sworn Cofferer 17 July 1615 (ibid. 609; LS 13/6; CSPD 1611-1821).

Charles I

1625

Darrell, Sir Marmaduke, Kt.

App. jointly with Sir Henry Vane at accession (LS 13/251 p. 44).

Accounted jointly with same 31 Mar. 1625-31 Mar. 1632 (E 351/1822-1829).

D. in office 22 Mar. 1632 (G. Lipscomb, History and Antiquities of County of Buckingham (1847), iv, 500).

Accession (LS 13/251 p. 44).

Accounted jointly with Darrell 31 Mar. 1625-31 Mar. 1632 (E 351/1822-1829); accounted jointly with Sir Roger Palmer 31 Mar.-30 Sept. 1632 (E 351/1830A).

Diet as Cofferer to cease on app. as Comptroller 31 May 1630 (LS 13/251 p. 44).

 

1632

Palmer, Sir Roger, Kt.

Warrant to swear 24 Mar. 1632 (LS 13/251 p. 64).

Accounted with Sir Henry Vane 31 Mar.-30 Sept. 1632 (E 351/1830A); accounted alone 30 Sept. 1632-30 Sept. 1643 (E 351/1830B; E 101/440/15).

Last occ. 26 Apr. 1644 (Docquets of Letters Patent passed under the Great Seal of Charles I 1642-1646, ed. W.H. Black (1837), p. 391).

[D. 8 Oct. 1657 (Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica, i, 109)]


 

 

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