Head Messengers Office

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Head Messengers Office
Board of Admiralty Flag 19th to early 20th Century.gif
Messenger Office overview
Formed1666
Dissolved1870
JurisdictionGovernment of the United Kingdom
HeadquartersAdmiralty Building
Whitehall
London
Messenger Office executive
  • Head Messenger
    (1666-1870)
Parent Messenger OfficeAdmiralty Secretariat
(1666-1860)
Secretary's Department
(1860-1870)

The Head Messengers Office was established in 1666 the office was responsible superintending all messengers with Department of Admiralty and general maintenance with the Admiralty building. The office was administered by the Admiralty Head Messenger who was usually appointed and it existed until 1870 when it was abolished.[1]

History

The Board of Admiralty approved the appointment of a Head Messenger in 1666 and an office was first established within the Admiralty and Marine Affairs Office. The office holder was firstly responsible for superintending all admiralty messengers and additionally moving and storing luggage and chests belonging to important personnel of the later Department of Admiralty, he was also responsible for general maintenance within the Admiralty HQ building. The office existed until 1870 when it was abolished.[2]

Head of the Office

Head Messenger

Included:[3]

  • 1666–1682 — A. Harris..
  • 1682–1698 — R. Marratt.
  • 1698–1708 — J. Baker.
  • 1708–1733 — L. Bennet.
  • 1733–1763 — H. Doody.
  • 1763–1768 — J. Collett.
  • 1768–1781 — W. Cooke.
  • 1781–1820 — W. Millman.
  • 1820–1841 — J. M. Nye.
  • 1841, July–Aug — G. Liburn.
  • 1841, Aug– 1854 — G. P. Laplume.
  • 1854–1864 — G. Sivewright.
  • 1864– 1870 —W. Winter.

Footnotes

  1. Sainty, J. C. (1975). "Head Messenger 1666-1870, British History Online". www.british-history.ac.uk. London: University of London. p. 69. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  2. Sainty. p.69.
  3. Sainty. p.69.

Bibliography

  1. 'Head Messenger 1666-1870', in Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4, Admiralty Officials 1660-1870, ed. J C Sainty (London, 1975), p. 69. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/office-holders/vol4/p69 [accessed 25 July 2019].