Office of the Comptroller of Victualling Accounts
Office of the Comptroller of Victualling Accounts
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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 Sir William Penn
Final post holder William Palmer
Formation 1667–1796
Succeeded by Comptroller of Victualling & Transports

The Comptroller of Victualling Accounts was a civilian officer in the Royal Navy who was also a principle member of the Navy Board from 1667 until 1796, he was responsible for examining the accounts of bills made out by the Victualling Board on behalf of the Navy Board. He administered the Office for Examining Victualling Accounts.

1) History

The post was created in 1667 to relieve the Comptroller of the Navy of one of his original duties, when the Victualling Board was established in 1683 the controller remained responsible for examining all invoices and payments made of the new board until 1796, when the Navy Board was reconstituted: and the post of the three Controllers of Accounts were abolished along with the Clerk of the Acts. In 1800 responsibility for all accounts and accounting was transferred to the Office of Comptroller of Victualling and Transports until 1831. 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 Victualling Accounts

  1. Sir William Penn, 16 January 1667-16 June 1669
  2. Sir J. Smith, 17 June 1669-24 November 1675
  3. Sir A. Deane, 25 November 1675-28 April 1680
  4. Sir J. Narborough, 29 April 1680-11 October 1688
  5. Sir John Berry, 12 October 1688- 2 May 1690
  6. Sir Richard Beach, 3 May 1690-13 March 1693
  7. Samuel Pett, 14 March 1693-28 February 1699
  8. Sir Cloudesley Shovell, 1 March 1699-3 January 1705
  9. Benjamin Timewell, 4 January 1705-15 November 1714
  10. Richard Burton, 16 November 1714-22 December 1717
  11. John Fawler, 23 December 1717-6 June 1744
  12. Francis Gashry, 7 June 1744-26 July 1747
  13. Robert Osborn, 27 July 1747-21 July 1771
  14. Charles Proby, 22 July 1771-20 December 1771
  15. Thomas Hanway 21 December 1771-27 October 1772
  16. George Marsh, 28 October 1772-15 July 1773
  17. Captain James Gambier, 16 July 1773- 1 September 1773
  18. William Palmer, 2 September 1773-1796

3) Subordinate Offices

  1. Office for Examining Victualling Accounts

4) Sources

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Controller_of_Victualling_Accounts
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