Marine Pay Department
Marine Pay Department
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Preceded by None
Country United Kingdom
Founded 1755
Abolished 1831
Headquarters Whitehall, London, England
Head Paymaster and Inspector General of Marines
Deputy Head Chief Clerk of the Marine Pay Department
Role Management of Marine Pay
Affiliations Royal Navy
Parent Department Department of Admiralty
Succeeded Navy Pay Office

The Marine Pay Department created in 1755 it was responsible processing marines pay to the Royal Marines Divisons at Chatham, Portsmouth and Plymouth. The department was initially administered by the Paymaster of the Marines who's title later changed to the Paymaster and Inspector General of Marines. In 1809 it absorbed the secretariat duties of the Marine Department. The department existed until 1831 when it was abolished and its duties transferred to the Navy Pay Office.

1) History

The Marine Pay Department created in 1755 it was responsible processing marines pay to the Royal Marines Divison's at Chatham, Portsmouth and Plymouth. The department was initially administered by the Paymaster of the Marines who's title later changed to the Paymaster and Inspector General of Marines. In 1809 it absorbed the secretariat duties of the Marine Department. The department existed until 1831 when it was abolished and its duties transferred to the Department of the Treasurer of the Navy. The department existed until 1831 when it was abolished and its duties transferred to the Navy Pay Office of the Treasurer of the Navy.

2) Key Officials

2.1) Paymaster of the Marines

  1. 1755-1756, W. Adair
  2. 1756-1757, G. Campbell
  3. 1757-1778, J. Tucker.
  4. 1778-1792, G. Steward
  5. 1792-1803, The Hon. G. Villiers

2.2) Paymaster and Inspector General of Marines

  1. 1803-1810, The Hon. G. Villiers
  2. 1810-1812, The Hon. E. Phipps
  3. 1812-1813, The Hon. E. R. Stewart
  4. 1813-1815, F. H. Doyle
  5. 1815-1818, The Hon. G. A. Chetwynd Stapylton
  6. 1819-1831, Sir J. Cockburn

2.3) Structure and offices under the Paymaster Paymaster and Inspector General of Marines

Following the creation of the pay department the Paymaster of Marines was supported by a clerical staff consisting of the First Clerk Marine Pay Department later Chief Clerk of the Marine Pay Department who in turn was assisted by a Second Class Clerk who in turn was assisted by a Third Class Clerk. To this structure was added additional extra clerical staff. There also existed a Messengers Office and also an Office Keeper or in modern terms an Office Manager. Another group within this organisation were the Agents of the Marine Office

2.3.1) Clerks Office (1755-1819)

First Class/Chief Clerks Office (1755-1831)

  1. 1755-1795, J. Madden
  2. 1795-1797, E. Waters
  3. 1797-1807, D. C. Webb
  4. 1807-1808, E. Waters
  5. 1808-1831, T. Hind

Second Class Clerks Office (1795-1831)

  1. 1795-1797, D. C. Webb
  2. 1797-1807, T. Waller
  3. 1807-1819, G. Gardner
  4. 1819-1827, W. Robinson
  5. 1827-1831, J. Edwards

Third Class Clerks Office (1814-1831)
This office usually consisted of three clerks holding the position at the same time.

  1. 1819-1824, W. Brixey
  2. 1819-1824, J. Edwards
  3. 1819-1824, W. Gardner
  4. 1824-1827, C. Cooper
  5. 1827-1830, W. Bartmore
  6. 1827-1830, H. Cooper
  7. 1827-1830, R. Edwards
  8. 1830-1831, C. W. Hind

Extra Clerks Office (1800-1819)

  1. 1800-1801, W. Robinson
  2. 1801-1803, W. Brixey
  3. 1803-1807, J. Edwards
  4. 1807 -1819, W. Gardner

2.3.1) Agents of Marines Office (1756-1800)

  1. 1756-1760, M. Guerin, (Plymouth)
  2. 1756-1760, J. Winter, (Portsmouth)
  3. 1756-1760, J. Baird, (Chatham)
  4. 1760-1763, J. Clevland, (Plymouth)
  5. 1763-1767, J. Clevland, (Chatham, Plymouth and Portsmouth)
  6. 1767-1791, G. Williams, (Chatham, Plymouth and Portsmouth)
  7. 1791-1800, C. Cox, (Chatham, Plymouth and Portsmouth)

2.3.1) Messengers Office (1807-1831)

  1. 1800-1809, T. Hayward
  2. 1809-1813, R. Leader
  3. 1813-1826, R. Pitts
  4. 1826-1831, R. Elbourn

2.3.1) Office Keeper (1824-31)

  1. 1824-1827, R. Glendenning
  2. 1827-1831, W. H. Weaver

3) Sources

  1. 'Marine pay department', in Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4, Admiralty Officials 1660-1870, ed. J C Sainty (London, 1975), pp. 85-90. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/office-holders/vol4/pp85-90 [accessed 26 November 2018].

4) Attribution

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