Office for Bills and Accounts (Navy Office)

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Office for Bills and Accounts
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Office overview
Formed1686
Preceding Office
  • None
Dissolved1832
JurisdictionGovernment of the United Kingdom
HeadquartersAdmiralty
London
Office executive
  • Chief Clerk in the Office for Bills and Accounts (1686-1832)
Parent departmentComptroller of the Navy

The Office of Bills and Accounts was established in 1686 as part of the Comptroller of the Navy's department. In 1832 following the abolition of the Navy Board all finance departments of the Navy Office transferred to the Department of the Accountant-General of the Navy.[1]

The office was first administered by the Chief Clerk in the Office for Bills and Accounts.[1]

History

In 1686 the provision for the appoint for a Chief Clerk in the late Comptroller of the Navy's Office was approved. In 1688 his title was Chief Clerk in the Office for Bills and Accounts. The work of the office entailed examining, assigning, passing and entering all bills and accounts' in the Comptroller's Office.[1] In 1796 the Chief Clerks role was expanded to include acting as secretary to the Committee for the Accounts of the Navy. [1] However the workload proved to be to much and business of the secretary was distributed between the junior clerks of this office. In 1807 the Chief Clerk was relived of the post of Secretary to Committee for the Accounts of the Navy.[1] In 1832 following the abolition of the Navy Board all finance departments of the Navy Office centralised into a single Department of the Accountant-General of the Navy.[1]

Chief Clerk in the Office for Bills and Accounts

Included:[1]

  • 1686–1689, Samuel Pett. [2]
  • 1689–1738, Henry Johnson.[3]
  • 1738–1756, John. Baynard.[4]
  • 1756–1795, Thomas Davies.[5]
  • 1795–1797, Richard Prestwood.[6]
  • 1797–1801, George Hartwell.[7]
  • 1801, March–April, Maurice Nelson.[8]
  • 1801, April–December, William Peyton.[9]
  • 1801–1807, William Foster.[10]
  • 1807–1829, William Gregory Davis.[11]
  • 1829–1832, Hyatt Foster, C. W.[12]

Second Chief Clerk

  1. 1829-1832, George. Unwin. [1][13]

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Collinge, John Michael (December 1978). Navy Board officials, 1660-1832. London, England: University of London, Institute of Historical Research. pp. 34–45. ISBN 9780901179531.
  2. Collinge.'Alphabetical list of officials: K-Z'.
  3. Collinge.'Alphabetical list of officials: A-J'.
  4. Collinge.'Alphabetical list of officials: A-J'.
  5. Collinge.'Alphabetical list of officials: A-J'.
  6. Collinge.'Alphabetical list of officials: K-Z'.
  7. Collinge.'Alphabetical list of officials: A-J'.
  8. Collinge.'Alphabetical list of officials: K-Z'.
  9. Collinge.'Alphabetical list of officials: K-Z'.
  10. Collinge.'Alphabetical list of officials: A-J'.
  11. Collinge.'Alphabetical list of officials: A-J'.
  12. Collinge.'Alphabetical list of officials: A-J'.
  13. Collinge.'Alphabetical list of officials: K-Z'.

Bibliography

  1. 'Alphabetical list of officials: A-J', in Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 7, Navy Board Officials 1660-1832, ed. J M Collinge (London, 1978), pp. 81-116. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/office-holders/vol7/pp81-116 [accessed 5 July 2019].
  2. 'Alphabetical list of officials: K-Z', in Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 7, Navy Board Officials 1660-1832, ed. J M Collinge (London, 1978), pp. 116-152. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/office-holders/vol7/pp116-152 [accessed 5 July 2019].
  3. 'Chief Clerks and Clerks: Chief Clerks', in Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 7, Navy Board Officials 1660-1832, ed. J M Collinge (London, 1978), pp. 34-45. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/office-holders/vol7/pp34-45 [accessed 5 July 2019].