Office of the General-Surveyor of Victuals
Office of the General-Surveyor of Victuals
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Preceded by Keeper of the Kings Storehouses
Department Navy Office
Member of Council of the Marine
Member of Navy Board
Reports to Comptroller of the Navy
Nominator Lord High Admiral
Appointee Monarch of the England
Term Length Not fixed
First post holder Edward Baeshe
Final post holder John Godwin
Formation 1550–1679
Succeeded by Victualling Board

The General-Surveyor of Victuals also called the Surveyor of Navy Victuals and originally called the Surveyor of Marine Victuals was a civilian officer in the Royal Navy who was a former member of the Council of the Marine then later Navy Board from 1550 until 1679, he was responsible for managing the supply of food, beverages and other provisions for the Royal Navy. As the post was abeyance responsibility for victualling passed to the new Victualling Board created in 1683.

1) History

The post evolved from a much early official known as the Keeper of the Kings Storehouses the office was formally established in 1550 the post holder was known as the Surveyor of Marine Victuals who was a principle member of the Navy Board, with the exception of Edward Baeshe the first Surveyor of Navy Victuals until 1560 the office was always held jointly for life by two men if one died the surviving office holder would temporarily hold the post until a new appointee was announced. The Surveyor was head of the Marine Victuals Office within the Admiralty and Marine Affairs Office and the victualling service of the Navy until 1679 when the office is abolished. The role of this office replaced later by the new Victualling Board created in 1683 that was run jointly by its commissioners.

2) Office Holders

From May to October 1635 the office was in abeyance.

2.1) surveyors of navy victuals

  1. Edward Baeshe, 18 June 1550 – 24 December 1560.
  2. Edward Baeshe and William Holstocke, 24 December 1560 – 29 October 1563, (jointly)
  3. Edward Baeshe and John Elyot, 30 October 1563 – 26 November 1582, (jointly).
  4. Edward Baeshe, sole survivor, to 26 Nov.1582.
  5. Edward Baeshe and James Quarles,[6] 27 November 1582 – 2 May 1587, (jointly)
  6. James Quarles sole survivor, to 7 Nov.1595.
  7. Charles Quarles and Marmaduke Darrell, 8 November 1595 – 24 September 1599, (jointly)
  8. Marmaduke Darrell sole survivor, to 8 November 1595.[9]
  9. Sir Marmaduke Darrell, and Thomas Bludder 24 July 1603 – 30 3 July 1603, (jointly)
  10. Sir Marmaduke Darrell, and Sir Thomas Bludder, Kt. 4 July 1604 – 30 January 1612, jointly)
  11. Sir Marmaduke Darrell, and Sir Allen Apsley, 31 January 1612 – 8 January 1623, (jointly)
  12. Sir Allen Apsley, and Sir Sampson Darrell,[13] 8 January 1623 – 24 May 1630, (jointly)
  13. Sir Sampson Darrell, sole survivor, to 23 May 1635
  14. John Crane, 28 November 1635 – 24 October 1660
  15. Denis Alderman Gauden 24 October 1660 – 22 October 1667
  16. Sir Denis Alderman Gauden, Kt, 23 October 1667 – 1677
  17. John Godwin, 1677 – 10 February 1679. (dies March 1688)

3) Sources

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surveyor_of_Marine_Victuals
  2. https://www.history.ac.uk/publications/office/navymarine
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