Sunday, 14 July 2013

Ducal Accounts

I am thoroughly enjoying The Secret Rooms, a factual book written by Catherine Bailey about John, 9th Duke of Rutland.

The 9th Duke's life changed when his elder brother, Lord Haddon, Lord and Lady Granby's eldest son and therefore heir-presumptive to the dukedom, died aged only nine years old, following an accident.

The Dukes of Rutland were one of the wealthiest and most noble families in the realm.

In 1899, the wage roll of Henry, the 8th Duke, was £900,000, about £98,000,000 at today's values.

At Belvoir Castle, the Duke employed
  • Groom of Chambers; 
  • House Steward; 
  • Usher of the Hall; 
  • chef; 
  • pastry chef; 
  • confectioner; 
  • plate butler; 
  • clockman; 
  • steward's-room boy; 
  • housemaids; 
  • kitchen maids; 
  • scullery maids; 
  • footmen; 
  • odd-job men; 
  • porters.
Outside the Castle, many more staff were in the employ of the Duke, including
  • grooms; 
  • stable lads; 
  • dairy maids; 
  • studmen; 
  • brewers; 
  • rat-catchers; 
  • mole-catchers; 
  • millers; 
  • mechanics; 
  • gardeners; 
  • groundsmen; 
  • gamekeepers; 
  • river-keepers; 
  • huntsmen; 
  • kennelmen; 
  • slaughterman; 
  • stockmen; 
  • horsemen; 
  • farm-hands; 
  • woodsmen
The Belvoir Estate cost £13,000 per annum to maintain, equivalent to about £2,000,000 in today's values.

Rutland arms courtesy of European Heraldry.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

john, the 9th Duke of Rutland, was the grandfather of the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava