Institute of Historical Research

Clerks of the Privy Council 1540-1644

A provisional list compiled by J C Sainty, April 2004

List of appointments

1540 Paget, William
Sworn clerk 10 Aug. 1540 (APC 1540-42, p. 4).
Gt. (with salary of £30) 2 Sept. 1540 (LP, xvi, 107(3)).
Vac. 23 Apr. 1543 on app. as principal secretary.

1543 Mason, John
Sworn clerk 23 Apr. 1543 (APC 1542-7, p. 118).
Gt. (with salary of £20) 14 May 1543 (LP, viii(1), 623(65)).
Apparently vac. by 17 Nov. 1545 when office with salary of £20 gtd. to Honing (LP, xx(2), 910(41)).

1543 Honing, William
Sworn clerk 23 Apr. 1543 (APC 1542-7, p. 118).
Gt. (with salary of £10) 10 May 1543 (LP, xviii(1), 623(41)); surr. by 17 Nov.
1545 (LP, xx(2), 910(41)).
Gt. (with salary of £20) 17 Nov. 1545 (LP, xx(2), 910(41)).
Occ. as one of two clerks at funeral of Henry VIII 16 Feb. 1547 (LC 2/2 f. 74) and at coronation of Edward VI 20 Feb. 1547 (LC 2/3/1 p. 117).
Gt. (with salary of £50 from 24 June 1547) 5 May 1548 (CPR 1548-9, p. 4).
Apparently vac. by 20 May 1550 when office with salary of £50 gtd. to Chaloner (CPR 1549-51, p.
187).

1545 Chaloner, Thomas (ktd. Sept. 1547)
Gt. (with salary of £10 from 29 Sept. 1545) 18 Dec. 1545 (LP, xx(2), 1068(38)).
Occ. as one of two clerks at funeral of Henry VIII 16 Feb. 1547 (LC 2/2 f. 74) and at coronation of Edward VI 20 Feb. 1547 (LC 2/3/1 p. 117).
Gt. (with salary of £40 from 24 June 1547) 10 May 1548 (CPR 1548-9, p. 2).
Confirmed (with salary of £50 from 25 Mar. 1550) 20 May 1550 (CPR 1549-51, p. 187).
Apparently vac. by 12 May 1552 when office with salary of £50 gtd. to Armagil Wade (CPR 1550-53, p. 285).

[1547 Smith, Thomas
Occ. 3 Jan. 1548 (APC 1547-50, p. 156); said to have served as clerk Mar. 1547-Apr. 1548 (DNB; History of Parliament 1509-58, iii, 238); position uncertain]

1547 Wade (Waad), Armagil
Served without salary from 24 June 1547 (APC
1547-50, pp. 183-4).
Gt. (with salary of 50 marks from 24 June 1547) 10 May 1548 (CPR 1548-9, pp. 3-4).
Confirmed (with salary of £40 from 25 Mar. 1550) 20 May 1550 (CPR 1549-51, p. 188).
Gt. during pleasure (with salary of £50 from 29 Sept. 1551) 12 May 1552 (CPR 1550-53, p. 285).
Occ. as one of two clerks at funeral of Edward VI 8 Aug. 1553 (LC 2/4/1 f. 17v).
Not continued by Mary I.

1550 Thomas, William
Sworn clerk 19 Apr. 1550 (APC 1550-52, pp. 3-4).
Gt. (with salary of 50 marks from 25 Mar. 1550) 20 May 1550 (CPR 1549-51, p. 187).
Gt. during pleasure (with salary of £40 from 29 Sept. 1551) 12 May 1552 (CPR 1550-53, p. 285).
Not continued by Mary I.

1551 Hampton, Bernard
Sworn clerk 24 Sept. 1551 (APC 1550-52, p. 362).
Gt. during pleasure (with salary of 50 marks from 29 Sept. 1551) 12 May 1552 (CPR 1550-52, p. 286).
Gt. (with salary of £50 from 24 June 1553) 12 Nov. 1553 (CPR 1553-4, p. 283); pd. to 25 Mar. 1572 (E 403/2261).
Occ. as one of two clerks at funeral of Edward VI 8 Aug. 1553 (LC 2/4/1 f. 17v).
Occ. as one of three clerks at funeral of Mary I 14 Dec. 1558 (LC 2/4/2 f. 30) and at coronation of Elizabeth I 15 Jan. 1559 (LC 2/4/3 p. 110).
D. in office 1572 (E 403/2261).

1553 Allen, Francis
Sworn clerk 30 July 1553 (APC 1552-4, p. 419).
Gt. (with salary of £50 from 24 June 1553) 26 Sept. 1554 (CPR 1554-5, p. 189); pd. to 24 June 1570 (E 403/2259).
Occ. as one of three clerks at funeral of Mary I 14 Dec. 1558 (LC 2/4/2 f. 30) and at coronation of Elizabeth I 15 Jan. 1559 (LC 2/4/3 p. 10).
D. in office 1570 (E 403/2259).

1553 Smith, William 1553-[1566]
Sworn clerk 30 July 1553 (APC 1552-4, p. 419).
Gt. (with salary of £50 from 24 June 1553) 26 Sept. 1554 (CPR 1554-5, p. 189).
Occ. as one of three clerks at funeral of Mary I 14 Dec. 1558 (LC 2/4/2 f. 30 - Thomas (sic) Smythe) and at coronation of Elizabeth I 15 Jan. 1559 (LC 2/4/3 p. 110).
Last occ. 23 Dec. 1566 (CPR 1563-6, p. 67(467)).

1571 Tremayne, Edmund
Gt. (with salary from 25 Mar. 1571) 29 Apr. 1571 (CPR 1569-72, p. 168(1357)); pd. to 15 Mar. 1580 (E 403/2267)..
Sworn clerk 3-4 May 1571 (APC 1571-5, p. 25).
D., probably in office, Sept. 1582 (DNB).
Probably succ. by William Wade Oct. 1584.

1572 Beale, Robert
Gt. (with salary from 24 June 1572) [6
July] 1572 (CPR 1569-72, p. 449(3147); pd. 25 Mar. 1601 (E 403/1696, 30 Mar. 1601).
D., probably in office, 27 May 1601 (DNB).
Probably succ. by Thomas Edmondes as clerk in ordinary.

1576 Wilkes, Thomas (ktd. Sept. 1591]
Sworn clerk 18 July 1576 (APC 1575-7, p. 166).
Gt. (with salary from 24 June 1576) 12 Oct. 1576 (CPR 1575-8, p. 25(195)); pd. to 29 Sept. 1597 (E 403/1693, 1 Oct. 1597).
D., probably in office, 2 Mar. 1598 (DNB).
Probably succ. by Smith.

1576 Cheke, Henry
Sworn clerk 18 July 1576 (APC 1575-7, p. 166).
Last occ. 5 Sept. 1581 (CPR 1580-82, p.
106(667)).
[D. 23 June 1586 (History of Parliament 1558-1603, i, 597)]

1584 Wade (Waad), William (ktd. 20 May 1603)
Probably succ. Tremayne.
Gt. 7 Oct. 1584 (C 66/1245); surr. 6 Oct. 1613 (ibid.).
One of four clerks at funeral of Elizabeth I 28 Apr. 1603 (LC 2/4/4 f. 47).
Resworn clerk 4 May 1603 (APC 1601-04, p. 497).
Res. 23 Aug. 1613 (CSPD 1611-18, p. 198).
Succ. by Cottington (ibid.).

1587 Ashley, Anthony (ktd. 1596)
Sworn clerk 19 Mar. 1587 (APC 1586-7, p. 385).
Gt. (with salary from 25 Mar. 1593) 2 Jan. 1594 (C 66/1410); surr. 4 Mar. 1594 (ibid.); new gt. (with same salary from 25 Mar. 1594) 5 Apr. 1594 (ibid.).
One of four clerks at funeral of Elizabeth I 28 Apr. 1603 (LC 2/4/4 f. 47)
Resworn clerk 29 Apr. 1603 (APC 1601-04, p. 496).
Surr. by 31 May 1610 (CSPD 1603-11, p. 615).
Probably succ. by Calvert.

1587 Rogers, Daniel
Sworn clerk 5 May 1587 (APC 1587-8, p. 111).
[D. 11 Feb. 1591 (DNB)]

1598 Smith, Thomas (ktd. 20 May 1603)
Probably succ. Wilkes.
Gt. 21 Apr. 1598 (C 66/1478); pd. 25 Dec. 1597-29 Sept. 1609 (E 403/1693, 29 June 1598; E 403/1708, 27 Oct. 1609).
One of four clerks at funeral of Elizabeth I 28 Apr. 1603 (LC 2/4/4 f. 47).
Resworn clerk 4 May 1603 (APC 1601-04, p. 497).
D., probably in office, 27 Nov. 1609 (DNB).

1599 Edmondes, Thomas (ktd. 20 May 1603)
Sworn clerk extraordinary 29 June 1599 (APC
1598-9, p. 740).
Probably succ. Beale as clerk in ordinary.
Gt. 18 June 1601 (C 66/1559); surr. by 24 Feb. 1614 (C 66/1978 no. 4).
One of four clerks at funeral of Elizabeth I 28 Apr. 1603 (LC 2/4/4 f. 47).
Resworn clerk 4 May 1603 (APC 1601-04, p. 497).
Succ. by William Trumbull Jan. 1614 (C 66/1978 no. 4; Chamberlain Letters, i, 500).

1603 Winwood, Sir Ralph, Kt.
Sworn clerk extraordinary 26 June 1603 (APC
1601-04, p. 500).
Gt. 25 May 1608 (C 66/1786 no. 20); pd. 25 Dec. 1607-24 June 1609 (E 403/1705, 23 June 1608; E 403/1707, 29 July 1609).
Surr. 15 Aug. 1609 (CSPD 1603-11, p. 434).
Probably succ. by Clement Edmonds.

1605 Corbett, John
Sworn clerk extraordinary Feb. 1605
(Chamberlain Letters, i, 205).
Gt. 25 May 1608 (C 66/1786 no. 27); pd. 25 Dec. 1607-29 Sept. 1611 (E 403/1705, 14 June 1608; E 403/1712, 11 Nov. 1611); executors pd. 25 Dec. 1611-25 Mar. 1612 (E 403/1713, 5 June 1612).
D. in office 7 Dec. 1611 (HMC Downshire, iii, 201; Chamberlain Letters, i, 324).

1609 Edmondes, Clement (ktd. 29 Sept. 1617)
Probably succ. Winwood as clerk in ordinary.
Gt. 7 Sept. 1609 (C 66/1814 no. 5).
D. in office 13 Oct. 1622 (DNB; Chamberlain Letters, ii, 458).
Succ. by Dickenson (Chamberlain Letters, ii, 458).

1610 Calvert, George (ktd. 29 Sept. 1617)
Probably succ. Ashley as clerk in ordinary.
Sworn clerk 22 July 1610 (HMC Downshire, ii, 328).
Gt. 30 July 1610 (C 66/1874 no. 2); surr. 2 Apr. 1619 (ibid.).
Probably vac. 16 Feb. 1619 on app. as secretary
of state.
Probably succ. by Morton Feb. 1619 (Chamberlain Letters, ii, 216).

1613 Norton, Dudley (ktd. 19 Jan. 1615)
Sworn clerk extraordinary 22 July 1613 (APC
1613-14, p. 147).

1613 Cottington, Francis
Sworn clerk extraordinary 22 July 1613 (APC
1613-14, p. 147).
Succ. Wade as clerk in ordinary (CSPD 1611-18, p. 198).
Gt. 24 Sept. 1613 (C 66/2008 no. 24); pd. to 29 Sept. 1622 (E 403/1731, 30 Oct. 1622).
Probably vac. Oct. 1622 on appointment as secretary to Prince of Wales (Chamberlain Letters, ii, 460)
Probably succ. by Meautys.

1614 Trumbull, William
Admitted in his absence clerk in ordinary in place of Sir Thomas Edmondes Jan. 1614 (Chamberlain Letters, i, 500; HMC Downshire, v, 395).
Gt. 24 Feb. 1614 (C 66/1978 no. 4).
Sworn clerk in ordinary 17 Oct. 1615 (APC 1615-16, p. 306).
One of four clerks on accession of Charles I 1625 (APC 1625-6, p. 2); resworn senior clerk 29 Jan. 1626 (ibid. p. 330).
D. in office Sept. 1635 (DNB).
Probably succ. by Nicholas.

1614 Morton, Albertus (ktd. 29 Sept. 1617)
Sworn clerk extraordinary 20 Dec. 1614 (APC
1613-14, p. 661).
Probably succ. Calvert as clerk in ordinary Feb. 1619 (Chamberlain Letters, ii, 216).
Gt. (with salary from 25 Dec. 1618) 6 Apr. 1619 (C 66/2200 no. 1); surr. 2 Jan. 1623 (ibid.).
Succ. by Beecher (APC 1621-3, p. 387).

1616 Lake, Thomas (ktd. 8 June 1617)
Sworn clerk extraordinary 25 June 1616 (APC
1615-16, p. 633).
Last occ. 19 Dec. 1617 (HMC Downshire, vi, 530).

1618 Dickenson, John
Sworn clerk extraordinary 10 May 1618 (APC
1617-19, p. 132).
Succ. Sir Clement Edmondes as clerk in ordinary (Chamberlain Letters, ii, 458).
Gt. 7 Nov. 1622 (C 66/2271 no. 16).
One of four clerks on accession of Charles I 1625 (APC 1625-6, p. 2); resworn 28 Mar. 1625 (ibid. p. 4).
D. in office by 20 Jan. 1636 (CSPD 1635-6, p.
172).
Probably succ. by Carleton May 1636.

1619 Meautys, Thomas (ktd. 25 Feb. 1641)
Sworn clerk extraordinary 5 Mar. 1619 (APC
1617-19, p. 386).
Probably succ. Cottington as clerk in ordinary.
Gt. (with salary from 29 Sept. 1622) 11 Dec. 1622 (C 66/2269 no. 11; pd. to 25 Mar. 1640 (E 403/1754, 2 Mar. 1641).
One of four clerks on accession of Charles I 1625 (APC 1625-6, p. 2); resworn 28 Mar. 1625 (ibid. p. 4).
[D. 1649]

1619 Digby, Simon
Clerk extraordinary; sworn 30 Aug. 1619 (APC
1619-21, p. 26); resworn on accession of Charles I 31 Mar. 1625 (APC 1625-6, p. 14).
Last occ. 5 Mar. 1629 (APC 1628-9, p. 353).

1620 Clarke, Edward
Sworn clerk extraordinary 20 Aug. 1620 (APC
1619-21, p. 276).
[D. 1630 (DNB)]

1622 Boswell, William (ktd. 25 July 1633)
Clerk extraordinary: sworn 13 Nov. 1622 (APC
1621-3, p. 353); resworn on accession of Charles I 26 Apr. 1625 (APC 1625-6, p. 34).
[D. 1649 (DNB)]

1623 Beecher, Sir William, Kt.
Sworn clerk in ordinary in place of Morton 2 Jan. 1623 (APC 1621-3, p. 387).
Gt. 24 Jan. 1623 (C 66/2280 no. 16); surr. 28 Jan. 1641 (ibid.).
One of four clerks on accession of Charles I (APC 1625-6, p. 2); resworn 28 Mar. 1625 (ibid. p. 4).
Succ. by Browne Jan. 1641.

1623 Peaseley, William
Sworn clerk extraordinary 14 Apr. 1623 (APC
1621-3, p. 466).

1623 Carleton, Dudley (ktd. 1 Mar. 1630)
Clerk extraordinary: sworn 21 Aug. 1623 (APC
1623-5, p. 82); resworn on accession of Charles I 31 Mar. 1625 (APC 1625-6, p. 14).
Probably succ. Dickenson as clerk in ordinary.
Sworn clerk in ordinary 11 May 1636 (PC 2/46 p. 168).
Gt. (with salary from 25 Dec. 1635) 26 May 1636 (C 66/2738 no. 8); pd. to 29 Sept. 1640 (E 403/1754, 4 Mar. 1641).
[D. 1654]

1623 Borough, John (ktd. 17 July 1624)
Clerk extraordinary: sworn 29 Nov. 1623 (APC
1623-5, p. 127 - 'Borrowes' (sic)); resworn on
accession of Charles I 31 Mar. 1625 (APC 1625-6,
p. 14 - 'Burgh' (sic))
[D. 21 Oct. 1643 (DNB)]

1624 Whittaker, Lawrence
Sworn clerk extraordinary 9 Sept. 1624 (APC
1623-5, p. 310).
Last occ. 28 Apr. 1631 (APC 1630-31, p. 310).

1627 Nicholas, Edward
Sworn clerk extraordinary 20 May 1627 (APC
1627, p. 287).
Probably succ. Trumbull as clerk in ordinary.
Sworn clerk in ordinary 9 Oct. 1635 (PC 2/45 p. 141).
Gt. 19 Oct. 1635 (C 66/2693 no. 23); pd. to 29 Sept. 1641 (E 403/1754, 3 Jan. 1642).
Probably vac. 27 Nov. 1641 on appointment as secretary of state 27 Nov. 1641.

1627 Jacobs, John
Sworn clerk extraordinary 13 June 1627 (APC
1627, p. 342).

1628 Hawkins, John
Sworn clerk extraordinary 17 Jan. 1628 (APC
1627-8, p. 240).
Last occ. 24 Mar. 1629 (APC 1628-9, p. 372).

1636 de Vic, Henry
Sworn clerk extraordinary 27 Nov. 1636 (PC 2/46 p. 452).

1641 Browne, Richard
Succ. Beecher as clerk in ordinary.
Sworn 27 Jan. 1641 (PCR, xii, 82).
Gt. 13 Feb. 1641 (C 66/2888 no. 39).
[Resworn on accession of Charles II 22 June 1660 (PC 2/54, pt. 2, p. 37)]

1642 Howell, James
Sworn clerk extraordinary 30 Aug. 1642 (PCR, xii, 213).
[Buried 3 Nov. 1666 (DNB)]

1644 Walker, Edward
Sworn clerk extraordinary 4 May 1644 (PCR, xii, 226).
[Sworn clerk in ordinary 14 May 1649 (PC 2/54 pt. 1, p. 5)]

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