Office of the Comptroller of Treasurer Accounts
Office of the Comptroller of Treasurer Accounts
Preceded by Comptroller of the Navy
Department Navy Office
Member of Navy Board
Reports to Comptroller of the Navy
Nominator First Lord of the Admiralty
Appointee Monarch of the England
Term Length Not fixed
First post holder Viscount Brouckner
Final post holder George Rogers
Formation 1667–1796
Succeeded by Victualling Board

The Comptroller of Treasurer Accounts was the civilian officer in the Royal Navy who was a principle member of the Navy Board initially from 1667 to 1679 and then again from 1691 until 1796, he was responsible for inspecting the accounts of the money received by and paid out of the Treasurer of the Navy's department on behalf of the Navy Board and was based at the Navy Pay Office . He administered the Office for Examining Treasurers Accounts.

1) History

The post was created in 1667 to relieve the Comptroller of the Navy of one of his original duties. In 1668 The Ticket Office was managed by one of the members of the Navy Board. Its management was taken out of the hands of the Comptroller in 1668 and given to the Controller of Treasurer's Accounts. The Comptrollers of Treasurers' Accounts respectively inspected all the accounts of the money received and paid by the Treasurer of the Navy. In December 1679 the commissioners of the Navy Board ordered a thorough inquiry into naval expenditure resulting in the Controller of Treasurer's Accounts was abolished, and its duties reverted to the Comptroller. In 1691 after a period of internal auditing the office was restored though this time supported by an Assistant Comptroller Treasurers' Accounts. In May 1692 superintendence of the Ticket Office once again relieved the Comptroller of one of his duties and was placed back under the Controller of Treasurer's Accounts office. The post existed until 1796 when the Navy Board was restructured: the post of the three Controllers of Accounts were abolished along with the Clerk of the Acts following recommendations put forward by the Commissioners on Fees who conducted an internal audit within the Navy Office. From 1796 the work of this office was coordinated to some extent by the Navy Board's Committee of Accounts. In 1832 when the Navy Board was abolished responsibility for all accounts and accounting were now administered by the new Department of the Accountant-General of the Navy under the Board of Admiralty.

2) Office Holders

2.1) Comptroller of Treasurer Accounts

  1. Viscount Brouckner, 16 January 1667 – 30 April 1691
  2. Dennis Lyddell, 1 May 1691- 22 December 1717
  3. Richard Burton, 23 December 1717 – 14 January 1729
  4. Sir George Saunders, 15 January 1729 – 26 February 1735
  5. George Purvis, 27 February 1735 – 20 March 1741
  6. John Phillipson, 21 March 1741 – 29 December 1743
  7. William Corbett, 30 December 1743 – 31 July 1753
  8. Richard Hall, 1 August 1753 – 19 March 1761
  9. Timothy Brett, 20 March 1761 – 18 October 1782
  10. George Rogers, 19 October 1782 – 1796

3) Subordinate Offices

  1. Office for Examining Treasurers Accounts

4) Sources

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