Chief Clerks Office

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Chief Clerks Office
Board of Admiralty Flag 19th to early 20th Century.gif
Board of Admiralty Flag 19th Century to 1922.
Clerical Office overview
Formed1694
Dissolved1870
Superseding department
JurisdictionGovernment of the United Kingdom
HeadquartersAdmiralty Building
Whitehall
London
Clerical Office executive
  • Chief Clerk of the Admiralty
    (1694-1870)
Parent Clerical OfficeAdmiralty Secretariat
(1694-1860)
Secretary's Department
(1860-1870)

The Chief Clerks Office was established in 1694 following the appointment of two Chief Clerks of the Admiralty. The office was responsible for providing clerical support to both the Secretary to the Admiralty later called First Secretary to the Admiralty and the Assistant Secretary to the Admiralty later called the Second Secretary to the Admiralty.[1]

History

In 1694 the Board of Admiralty approved the appointment of two Chief Clerks, sometimes known as 'First' Clerks, in the civil establishment of 1694, each with a salary of £200 annum,[2] equivalent to £38,267 per year at 2018 prices.[3] The number of chief clerks was reduced to one in 1696. The office was responsible for providing clerical support to both the Secretary to the Admiralty later called First Secretary to the Admiralty and the Assistant Secretary to the Admiralty later called the Second Secretary to the Admiralty.[4]

From 1728 to 1783 the office was not filled on a permanent basis, appointments were only granted when Admiralty Secretary did not have administrative support from a joint Secretary, or Second Secretary or a Deputy Secretary. When the Deputy Secretary to the Admiralty was appointed they occasionally assumed the duties of the Chief Clerk.[5]

In 1800 the Chief Clerk was given the additional titles of Receiver of the Fees and and Paymaster of Contingencies during periods of War. His remuneration totaled £950 per year,[6] for all roles equivalent to £78,167 per year at 2018 prices.[7] In 1815 he salary package was permanently fixed at £1150 p.a which equates to £100,584 at 2018 prices until it was 1867 when it was reduced.[8]

Chief Clerks of the Admiralty

Included:[9][10]

  • 1694 — Edward Burt and John Fawler (jointly).
  • 1705 — Edward Burt.
  • 1723 — Thomas Corbett.
  • 1742 — Thomas Hawes.
  • 1743 — Robert Osborn.
  • 1751 — John Milnes.
  • 1763 — Charles Fearne.
  • 1783-1795 — Harry Parker.
  • 1795-1807 — Charles Wright.
  • 1807-1813 — Thomas Kite.
  • 1813-1819 — William Pearce.
  • 1819-1832 — John Dyer.
  • 1832-1849 — Henry Frederick Amedroz.
  • 1849-1853 — John Holman Hay.
  • 1853-1857 — John Jones Dyer.
  • 1857-1865 — Charles Henry Pennell.
  • 1865-1870 — John Henry Briggs.
  • 1870-1882 — Thomas Wolley.

Footnotes

  1. Sainty, J. C. (1975). "Chief Clerks c. 1694-1870 | British History Online". www.british-history.ac.uk. London: University of London. pp. 41–42. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  2. Sainty. pp.41-42
  3. "Inflation calculator". www.bankofengland.co.uk. London, England: Bank of England. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  4. Sainty. pp.41-42
  5. Sainty. pp.41-42
  6. Sainty. pp.41-42
  7. Bank of England Inflation Calculator.
  8. Sainty. pp.41-42
  9. Sainty, J. C. (1975). "Alphabetical list of officials: A-J British History Online". www.british-history.ac.uk. London: University of London. pp. 106–135. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  10. Sainty, J. C. (1975). "Alphabetical list of officials: K-Z British History Online". www.british-history.ac.uk. London: University of London. pp. 135–159. Retrieved 19 July 2019.

Bibliography

  1. 'Alphabetical list of officials: A-J', in Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4, Admiralty Officials 1660-1870, ed. J C Sainty (London, 1975), pp. 106-135. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/office-holders/vol4/pp106-135 [accessed 19 July 2019].
  2. 'Alphabetical list of officials: K-Z', in Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4, Admiralty Officials 1660-1870, ed. J C Sainty (London, 1975), pp. 135-159. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/office-holders/vol4/pp135-159 [accessed 19 July 2019].
  3. 'Chief Clerks c. 1694-1870', in Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4, Admiralty Officials 1660-1870, ed. J C Sainty (London, 1975), pp. 41-42. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/office-holders/vol4/pp41-42 [accessed 19 July 2019].