Clerk Marshal

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The Clerk Marshal (also spelled Clerk Martial) was an official of the British Royal Household in the department of the Master of the Horse. From the Restoration the office was held with that of Avenor until the latter post was abolished in 1793. The office of Clerk Marshal was then combined with that of First or Chief Equerry until 1874.[1] From 1841 the holder was a member of the Government, but the office ceased to be a political one from 1866.[2]

The duties of the Clerk Marshal were to swear in the officers of the Master of the Horse's department, and for the payment of all officers and servants. He was also responsible for submitting the accounts of the department to the Board of Green Cloth. Clerks Marshal were appointed in the households of other members of the Royal Family as well.

List of Clerks Marshal[edit]

to King Charles II[edit]

  • 8 June 1660: George Barker
  • 18 August 1660: Richard Mason
  • 10 September 1671: Joseph Cragg

to King James II[edit]

  • 21 April 1685: Thomas Morley

to King William III and Queen Mary II[edit]

  • 10 April 1688: William Ryder
  • 12 March 1689: Anthony Rowe
  • 27 April 1694: John Latton

to Queen Anne[edit]

  • 23 June 1702: Hugh Chudleigh
  • 6 November 1707: Thomas Lister
  • 12 June 1711: Conyers Darcy

to King George I[edit]

to King George II[edit]

  • 20 June 1727: Francis Negus
  • 9 September 1732: vacant
  • 22 April 1734: Hon. James Lumley
  • 11 March 1741: Edmund Charles Blomberg
  • 8 November 1757: Courthorpe Clayton

to King George III[edit]

to the Prince Regent, later King George IV[edit]

to King William IV[edit]

to Queen Adelaide[edit]

  • 2 January 1846: Sir Andrew Francis Barnard[6]

to Queen Victoria[edit]

to Prince Albert[edit]

to King Edward VII[edit]

  • 1 January 1904: Sir Stanley de Astel Calvert Clarke[12] (also Chief Equerry until 9 October 1908[13])

References[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 24121. p. 3965. 11 August 1874.
  2. ^ Chris Cook and Brendan Keith, British Historical Facts 1830-1900, Macmillan 1975, p. 27
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 16581. p. 450. 10 March 1812.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 17280. p. 1829. 26 August 1817.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 18711. p. 1580. 27 July 1830.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: no. 20557. p. 9. 2 January 1846.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 19524. p. 1881. 21 July 1837.
  8. ^ The London Gazette: no. 20017. p. 2274. 10 September 1841.
  9. ^ The London Gazette: no. 20621. p. 2534. 10 July 1846.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: no. 20057. p. 2. 4 January 1842.
  11. ^ The London Gazette: no. 21419. p. 709. 8 March 1853.
  12. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27632. p. 3. 1 January 1904.
  13. ^ The London Gazette: no. 28184. p. 7295. 9 October 1908.