[JAMES VI and I, King of Scotland (1567-1625) and of England (1603-1625)]. Three manuscripts referring to offices and promotions, MONTAGU, Henry, 1st Earl of Manchester (1563?-1642). Manuscript, partly in autograph, inscribed on upper cover, 'The Doquett Booke/Anno D[o[min[i] 1621/when I w[i]th 3 others kept the Greate Seale/Herein is also sett downe and in my Owne hand writing/Notes of all the Generall Patents granted unto me and purchases/Written 15 Junii 1631'; the first part written in several 17th-century hands, 35 pages, folio; the second part, mostly written in autograph, listing patents for Montagu's own offices and estates, and for his family, 24½ pages, folio together 59½ pages, folio; blanks, stitched, vellum covers (detached), boxed. Provenance. Phillip's MS 3573;
Manuscript of 'The Offices of England collected in Anno 1609', neatly written in a 17th-century hand, 86 pages, folio, horizontals and verticals ruled in red, blanks (tears in endpapers), in contemporary vellum. Provenance. Evelyn Philip Shirley (bookplate); and the third: manuscript catalogue of 'All the Knights made by our gracious Soveraigne Kinge James', including dates and placements, 1603-1622, 85 pages, folio, on 43 leaves, preceded by lists of the creations of Knights of the Bath and of Banneretts by earlier sovereigns, 17 pages, folio, together 102 pages, folio, in several 17th-century secretary hands, the first part grid-ruled with double lines in red, blank leaves (stitching weak), contemporary vellum with gilt panels and arabesques. Provenance. Phillipps MS 14938.
Henry Montagu, judge and statesman, was Lord High Treasurer in 1620 and one of the Commissioners of the Great Seal from 1 May to 10 July 1621. His Docket Book includes mostly licences, exemplifications, commissions, concessions, dispensations, custodies, protections and wardships, typical examples including a special licence to the fellowship of English merchants trading to Russia, a patent during life to Peter Runsdon of the office of Yeoman Warder of the Tower of London, a 'Commission of Rebell' against Frances Bridges, and several commissions to Lord Digby 'to goe as Ambassador unto ye Emperor and to treate w[i]th ye said Emperor touching the restoring of ye Palatinate unto ye Prince Elector Palatine'.
The second manuscript lists the offices of state with their values, often also naming the holder, under headings ('The Courts of Revenue', 'Officers at Arms', 'The Great Wardrobe', 'The Butlerage'. 'Buck Hounds' etc.) with the prices of the great appointments, such as 'The King's Remembrancer. Sir Henry Ffanshawe - for 55 li[vres], 17s 8d'; the 'Clearke of ye Pipe. Sir Ffrancis Woollry - for 65 li[vres], 4s 2d'; 'Lord Treasurer of England. Robert Earl of Salisbury P.C. - for 365 li[vres]', and similarly for the royal domestic offices, 'The Kitchin', 'The Backhouse', 'The Spicerye', 'The Confectionerye', 'The Squillerye', etc.
The record of knighthoods covers the greater part of James I's reign. Knights of the Bath were Knights Bachelor, who were created with especial ceremony on great occasions - those listed are mostly creations on the coronation of the monarch. Banneretts obtained promotion by their military service and landed possessions. (3)