Paymaster of Pensions
In 18th century Britain
Great Britain
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, the Paymaster of Pensions was the official in charge of payments of Crown pensions and bounties. The first paymaster was Edward Nicholas in 1703, and the post was abolished in 1782 by the Act of Parliament
Act of Parliament
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 22 Geo. III, c. 82

List of Paymasters of Pensions

  • 1703–1707 Edward Nicholas
  • 1707–1713 Hon. Spencer Compton
    Spencer Compton, 1st Earl of Wilmington
    Spencer Compton, 1st Earl of Wilmington KG, KB, PC was a British Whig statesman who served continuously in government from 1715 until his death. He served as the nominal head of government from 1742 until his death in 1743, but was merely a figurehead for the true leader of the government, Lord...

  • 1713–1715 Edward Nicholas
  • 1715 (August–September) Edward Godfrey
  • 1715–1718 William Clayton
  • 1718–1731 Walter Chetwynd
  • 1731–1742 William Stewart
  • 1742–1744 Edward Hooper
  • 1744–1745 Benjamin Keene
  • 1745–1755 Hon. Charles Compton
  • 1755–1763 William Hall Gage, 2nd Viscount Gage
  • 1763–1765 Richard Neville
  • 1765–1782 William Hall Gage, 2nd Viscount Gage
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