The Comptroller of the Household is an ancient position in the British royal household, nominally the second-ranking member of the Lord Steward's department after the Treasurer of the Household. The Comptroller was an ex officio member of the Board of Green Cloth, until that body was abolished in the reform of the local government licensing in 2004. In recent times, a senior government whip has invariably occupied the office. On state occasions the Comptroller (in common with certain other senior officers of the Household) carries a white staff of office, as often seen in portraits.
1 History 2 Known incumbents
2.1 15th century 2.2 16th century 2.3 17th century 2.4 18th century 2.5 19th century 2.6 20th century 2.7 21st century
3 Notes 4 References
Sir Edward Rogers, 'Controller to Queen Elizabeth' in the 1560s, holding his white staff of office
"Comptroller" is an archaic spelling of "controller", recorded since around 1500 in a number of British titles, and later also in the USA. The variant in spelling results from the influence of French compte "account". The office of Comptroller of the Household derives from the medieval Household office of Controller of the Wardrobe, who was deputy to the Keeper (or Treasurer) of the Wardrobe, as well as an important official in his own right as keeper of the Privy Seal. Later, both these offices became high-ranking political appointments. In modern times, the Comptroller has become a less prominent position in British politics. The holder is one of the Government whips in the House of Commons, and their responsibilities for the Royal Household are now largely ceremonial. The Comptroller of the Household was Christopher Pincher, who appointed in June 2017 and resigned on 5 November 2017 after allegations of sexual impropriety. Known incumbents 15th century
1399–1400: Sir Robert Lytton  1402–1413: John Spencer  after 1413: Sir Robert Babthorpe 1432–c1450: Thomas Stanley, 1st Baron Stanley 1460: Thomas Charlton 1461–?1470: Sir John Scott 1471–1475: Sir William Parr 1475–1481: Sir Robert Wingfield 1481–1483: Sir William Parr 1483–1485: Sir Robert Percy of Scotton 1485–1489: Sir Richard Edgecumbe 1489?–1492: Sir Roger Tocotes 1492–1494: vacant 1494–1506: Sir Richard Guildford
1507–1509: Sir John Hussey 1509–1519: Sir Edward Poynings Sir Thomas Parr 1519–1521: Sir Thomas Boleyn 1521–1532: Sir Henry Guildford 1532–1537: Sir William Paulet 1537–1539: Sir John Russell 1539–1540: Sir William Kingston 1540–1547: Sir John Gage 1547–1550: Sir William Paget 1550–1552: Sir Richard Wingfield 1552–1553: Sir Richard Cotton 1553–1557: Sir Robert Rochester 1557–1558: Sir Thomas Cornwallis 1558–1559: Sir Thomas Parry 1559–1568: Sir Edward Rogers 1568: Anthony Crane 1568–1570: vacant 1570–1590: Sir James Croft 1590–1596: vacant 1596–1602: William Knollys, 1st Earl of Banbury
1602-1604: Sir Edward Wotton c1604: William Pitt 1616–1618: Sir Thomas Edmonds 1618–1622: Sir Henry Cary (so created 1620) 1622–1627: Sir John Suckling 1627–1629: Sir John Savile, created a baron in 1628. 1629–1639: Henry Vane the Elder 1639–1641: Sir Thomas Jermyn 1641–1643: Sir Peter Wyche 1643–1646: Christopher Hatton, 1st Baron Hatton 1660–1662: Sir Charles Berkeley 1662–1666: Sir Hugh Pollard, 2nd Baronet 1666–1668: Sir Thomas Clifford 1668–1672: Francis Newport, 2nd Baron Newport 1672–1687: William Maynard, 2nd Baron Maynard 1687–1688: Henry Waldegrave, 1st Baron Waldegrave 1689–1702: Thomas Wharton, 5th Baron Wharton
1702–1704: Sir Edward Seymour, Bt 1704–1708: Sir Thomas Mansell, Bt 1708: The Earl of Cholmondeley 1708–1709: Sir Thomas Felton, Bt 1709–1711: Sir John Holland, Bt 1711–1712: The Lord Lansdowne 1713–1714: Sir John Stonhouse, Bt 1714–1720: Hugh Boscawen 1720–1725: Paul Methuen 1725–1730: Lord Finch 1730–1754: Sir Conyers Darcy 1754–1756: The Earl of Hillsborough 1756: Lord Hobart 1756–1761: The Lord Edgcumbe 1761: The Earl of Powis 1761–1762: Lord George Cavendish 1762–1763: Humphry Morice 1763–1765: Lord Charles Spencer 1765–1774: Thomas Pelham 1774–1777: Sir William Meredith, Bt 1777–1779: The Lord Onslow 1779–1782: Sir Richard Worsley, Bt 1782–1784: The Earl Ludlow 1784–1787: The Viscount Galway 1787–1790: Hon. John Villiers 1790–1791: Hon. Dudley Ryder 1791–1797: The Earl of Macclesfield 1797–1804: Lord Charles Somerset
1804–1812: Lord George Thynne 1812–1830: Lord George Beresford 1830–1834: Lord Robert Grosvenor 1834–1835: Hon. Henry Lowry-Corry 1835–1841: Hon. George Byng 1841: Lord Marcus Hill 1841–1846: Hon. George Dawson-Damer 1846–1847: Lord Marcus Hill 1847–1851: Hon. William Lascelles 1851–1852: Earl of Mulgrave 1852: Hon. George Weld-Forester 1853–1856: Viscount Drumlanrig 1856–1858: Viscount Castlerosse 1858–1859: Hon. George Weld-Forester 1859–1866: Lord Proby 1866–1868: Viscount Royston 1868–1874: Lord Otho FitzGerald 1874–1879: Lord Henry Somerset 1879–1880: Earl of Yarmouth 1880–1885: The Lord Kensington 1885–1886: Lord Arthur Hill 1886: Edward Marjoribanks 1886–1892: Lord Arthur Hill 1892–1895: George Leveson-Gower 1895–1898: Lord Arthur Hill 1898–1905: The Viscount Valentia
1905–1909: Master of Elibank 1909–1912: The Earl of Liverpool 1912–1915: The Lord Saye and Sele 1915–1916: Charles Henry Roberts 1916–1919: Sir Edwin Cornwall 1919–1921: George Frederick Stanley 1921–1924: Harry Barnston 1924: John Allen Parkinson 1924–1928: Sir Harry Barnston 1928–1929: Sir William Cope 1929–1931: Thomas Henderson 1931: Goronwy Owen 1931–1932: Walter Rea 1932–1935: Sir Frederick Penny, Bt 1935: Sir Victor Warrender, Bt 1935: George Bowyer 1935–1937: Sir Lambert Ward 1937: Sir George Frederick Davies 1937–1939: Charles Waterhouse 1939–1940: Charles Kerr 1940–1942: William Whiteley 1942–1945: William John 1945: George Mathers 1945: Leslie Pym 1945–1946: Arthur Pearson 1946: Michael Stewart 1946–1951: Frank Collindridge 1951–1954: Roger Conant 1954–1955: Tam Galbraith 1955–1957: Hendrie Oakshott 1957–1958: Gerald Wills 1958–1959: Edward Wakefield 1959–1961: Harwood Harrison 1961–1964: Robin Chichester-Clark 1964–1966: Charles Grey 1966–1967: William Whitlock 1967–1968: William Howie 1968–1970: Ioan Evans 1970: Walter Elliot 1970–1972: Reginald Eyre 1972–1973: Bernard Weatherill 1973–1974: Walter Clegg 1974–1978: Joseph Harper 1978–1979: James Hamilton 1979–1981: Spencer le Marchant 1981–1983: Anthony Berry 1983–1986: Carol Mather 1986–1988: Robert Boscawen 1988–1989: Tristan Garel-Jones 1989–1990: Alastair Goodlad 1990: Sir George Young, 6th Baronet 1990–1995: David Lightbown 1995–1997: Timothy Wood 1997–2008: Tommy McAvoy
2008–2010: John Spellar 2010–2013: Alistair Carmichael 2013–2015: Don Foster 2015–2016: Gavin Barwell 2016–2017: Mel Stride 2017: Christopher Pincher 2017-present: Vacancy
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^ SPENCER, John (d.1417), of Banham, Norf. and Burgate, Suff. History
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^ a b The DNB gives Sir William Parr as
Comptroller of the Household
from 1471 to 1483; Household of Edward IV gives Parr's office dates as
1471–1475 and again in 1481–1483
^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab Green
Cloth officeholders Institute of Historical Research
^ a b c Kinney, Arthur F. (1973). Titled Elizabethans: A Directory of
Elizabethan Court, State, and Church Officers, 1558-1603. North Haven,
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^ J. Palmer, A Biographical History of England (1824), 86–87
Comptroller Etymology OnLine Database of Court Officers Loyola University Chicago Whips from 1970 Political Science Resources
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English Royal Household
Justiciar, 1102–1261 Mareschal Knight Marshal Senechal Keeper of the Privy Seal Lord Chancellor Keeper of the Wardrobe, c. 1200–1775 Keeper of the Great Wardrobe Controller of the Wardrobe Master of the Jewel Office Clerk of the Green Cloth Comptroller of the Household Cofferer of the Household Treasurer of the Household Treasurer of the Chamber Keeper of the Privy Purse Master of the Household Lord Chamberlain Lord Steward Master of the Horse Master of the Buckhounds Master of the Staghounds, 1738–1782 Lord of the Bedchamber Gentleman of the Bedchamber Lady of the Bedchamber Page of Honour Master of the Robes Groom of the Stool, 1509–1901 Gold Stick-in-Waiting Silver Stick-in-Waiting Dean of the Chapel Royal Clerk of the Closet Deputy Clerk of the Closet Lord High Almoner Warden of the Mint, 1216–1829 Master of the Revels Master of the Hawks Master of the Ceremonies Master of the King's Musick Surveyor of the King's Pictures Queen's Bargemas