TOWER of London. Office of Ordnance. 105

TOWER of London. Office of Ordnance.

He is also to see the Train of Artillery, and all its Equipage fitted for Motion, upon any Occasion, when it shall be ordered to be drawn into the Field.

The Charge of the SURVEYOR of the ORDNANCE, is, To survey all his Majesty's Ordnance, Stores and Provisions of War, in the Custody of the Storekeeper; which he is to see so distinguished and placed, as shall be best for their Preservation and Safety. He is to allow all Bills of Debt, and to keep a Check upon all Labourers and Artificers Work. Also to see, that all Provisions received be good and serviceable, and duly proved: For which he must take the Assistance of the rest of the Officers, and the Proof-Masters, and be marked with the King's Mark, if they ought so to be.


The CLERK of the ORDNANCE, is, To record all Orders and Instructions, given for the Government of the Office; as likewise all Patents and Grants, and the Names of all Officers, Clerks, Artificers, Attendants, Gunners, Labourers and others, who enjoy the said Grants, or any other Fees from the King for the same. He is also to draw all Estimates for Provisions and Supplies to be made: Likewise all Letters, Instructions, Commissions, Deputations and Contracts, for his Majesty's Service. Further, To make all Bills of Imprest, and Debentures, for the Payment and Satisfaction of the respective Artificers and Creditors of this Office, for Work done, or Provisions received: Also Quarter-Books, for the Salaries, Allowances and Wages, of all Officers, Clerks, and others belonging to the said Office. He is also to keep Journals and Ledgers of the Receipts and Returns of his Majesty's Stores, to serve as a Check between the two Accomptants of the Office; the one for Money, the other for Stores.

Clerk of the Ordnance.

The Duty of the STOREKEEPER, is, To take into his Charge and Custody, all his Majesty's Ordnance, Munitions, and Stores thereunto belonging; and to indent, and put in Legal Security, for the safe keeping thereof, and for making just and true Account from time to time. He is to receive no Provisions whatsoever, that are manifestly unserviceable, or before they have been surveyed by the Surveyor. He is not to issue any Proportion of Ordnance, Munition or Stores; except the same be agreed upon, and signed by the Officers, according to the Appointment of the Master of the Ordnance, granted upon Order of his Majesty, or Six of the Privy Council, or the Lord Admiral, for Matters concerning the Navy. He is not to receive back any Stores formerly issued, until they have been reviewed by the Surveyor, and registred by the Clerk of the Ordnance in the Book of Remains. He is to look, that all his Majesty's Storehouses be well repaired, and well accommodated; and that the Stores be kept in such Order, as is fit for the Service and Honour of the King.


The Duty of the CLERK of the DELIVERIES, is, To draw all Proportions or Orders for Deliveries of any Stores and Provisions, and to see them duly executed; and by Indenture to charge the particular Receiver of his Majesty's said Stores, whether Captain, Gunner, or others; and to register as well the Copies of all Warrants for the Deliveries, as the Proportions delivered, thereby to discharge the Storekeeper.

Clerk of the Deliveries.

The Place of TREASURER, and PAYMASTER, was formerly an Appendix to that of the Lieute- nant-General: But King Charles the Second ordered, That the Office of Treasurer should be no more executed by the Lieutenant, or any other Person, having other Charge or Employment in the Office of Ordnance: Since which Time, there is a particular Office erected, distinct from any of the aforesaid Offices. [Thro' this Officer's Hands runs all the Money for the whole Office of the Ordnance; as well the Salaries, as the Debentures.]

Treasurer and Paymaster.

There are other Subordinate Officers, who likewise hold their Places by Patent from the King: As,

1. The MASTER GUNNER of England; who is to teach and instruct all such as desire to learn the Art of Gunnery; and to administer to every Learner an Oath, obliging him not to serve any Foreign Prince, or State, without Leave; Nor to teach the Art of Gunnery to any, but such as have taken the said Oath: And to certify to the Master of the Ordnance the Sufficiency of any Person, recommended to be one of his Majesty's Gunners, and his Ability to discharge the Duty of a Gunner.

Master Gunner.

2. The KEEPER of the Small GUNS: And he hath the Charge and Custody of his Majesty's small Guns, as Musquets, Harquebuzes, Carbines and Pistols, with their several Furnitures.

Keeper of the small Guns.

There are divers other Inferior Attendants and Artificers; as, the Clerks, Proof-Masters, Messengers, Master Smith, Master Carpenter, Master Wheelwright, Master Gunsmith, Master Furbisher, Blockmaker, and such like.

There is yet a further Superintendency and Jurisdiction peculiar to the Master of the Ordnance, over all his Majesty's Engineers, employed in the several Fortifications of this Kingdom; most of which have their Salaries, and Allowances payable in the said Office, to which they are all accountable, and from whence they receive their particular Orders and Instructions, according to the Directions and Commands given by his Majesty, and signified by the Master of the Ordnance.]


The late Officers of the Ordnance were as follows:

Late Officers.

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Master-General of the Ordnance, and Armory for the Body, the most Illustrious Duke of Marlborough.

Lieutenant-General, John Lord Granville.

Surveyor-General, William Bridges, Esq;

Clerk of the Ordnance, Christopher Musgrave, Esquire.

Storekeeper, James Lowther, Esq;

Clerk of the Deliveries, James Craggs, Esq;

Treasurer, Charles Bertie, Esq;

Secretary to the Master-General of the Ordnance, James Craggs, Esq; as above.

Clerks belonging to the Officers.

Deputy-Keeper of the Armory, William Nicholas, Gent.

Keeper of the small Guns, Thomas Gardiner, Gent.

Principal Engineer, now vacant since the Death of Sir Martin Beckman.

Second Engineer, Col. Holcroft Bloud.

Third Engineer, Captain Christian Lilly.

Other Engineers of lesser Esteem.

Master Gunner of England, Captain Thomas Silver.

He hath Three Mates.

Chief Fire-Master, Col. John Henry Hepke.