Comptroller of Scotland

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The Comptroller of Scotland was a post in the pre-Union government of Scotland.[1]

The Treasurer and Comptroller had originated in 1425 when the Chamberlain's financial functions were transferred to them.[2]

From 1466 the Comptroller had sole responsibility for financing the royal household to which certain revenues (the property) were appropriated, with the Treasurer being responsible for the remaining revenue (the casualty) and other expenditure.

The offices of Lord High Treasurer, Comptroller, Collector-General and Treasurer of the New Augmentation were held by the same person from 1610 onwards, but their separate titles survived the effective merging of their functions in 1635. From 1667 to 1682 the Treasury was in commission, and again from 1686 to 1708, when the separate Scottish Treasury was abolished. From 1690 the Crown nominated one person to sit in Parliament as Treasurer.

Comptrollers of Scotland[edit]

[3]

  • 1426 David Brune
  • 1429 John Spence
  • 1446 Alexander Nairne, of Sanford
  • 1448 Robert de Livingston
  • 1458 Ninian Spot, canon of Dunkeld
  • 1464 John Colquhoun, of Colquhoun
  • 1467 David Guthrie, of Guthrie
  • 1468 Adam Wallace, of Craigie
  • 1471 James Schaw, of Salquhy
  • 1472 Alexander Leslie, of Warderis
  • ? Thomas Simson
  • 1488 Alexander Inglis, archdeacon of St Andrews
  • 1499 Patrick Hume, of Polwarth
  • 1506 James, abbot of Dunfermline
  • 1507 James Riddoch, of Aberladenoche
  • 1513 Robert Arnot, of Woodmill (killed at Flodden)
  • 1514 Duncan Forrester, of Carden
  • 1515 Patrick Hamilton
  • 1516 Alexander Garden
  • 1520 Robert Barton of Over Barnton
  • 1525 Sir James Covill, of Ochiltree
  • 1538 David Wood, of Craig
  • 1543 Thomas Menzies
  • 1546 William, commendator of Culross
  • 1548 William, abbot of Ross
  • 1557 Monsieur de Ruby; to queen Mary the regent
  • 1560 Bartholomew Villemore
  • 1561 Sir John Wishart, of Pittarrow
  • 1563 Sir William Murray, of Tullibardine
  • 1567 James Cockburn, of Skirling
  • 1584 Sir James Campbell, of Adrkinglass
  • 1585 Andrew Wood, of Largo
  • 1589 David Seton, of Parbroath
  • 1597 Sir George Hume 7th Baron of Wedderburn
  • 1598 Walter, prior of Blantyre
  • 1599 Sir George Hume, of Wedderburn
  • 1600 Sir David Murray, of Gospetrie, afterwards lord Scoon
  • 1603 Peter Rollock, bishop of Dunkeld
  • 1610 Sir James Hay, of Fingask
  • 1615 Sir Gideon Murray, of Elibank

References[edit]

  1. ^ MacDonald, Alan (2007). The Burghs and Parliament in Scotland, C. 1550-1651. Ashgate Publishing. p. 7. ISBN 9780754653288. 
  2. ^ Accounts of the Lord High Treasurer, vol. 1, (1877), xiv.
  3. ^ Haydn's Book of Dignities, page 404