Master of the Ceremonies
The office of Master of the Ceremonies was established by King James I/VI. The Master's duties were to receive foreign dignitaries and present them to the monarch at court. Below is a list of known holders until the replacement of the office by the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps in 1920.
Masters of the Ceremonies
- 1603-1627: Sir Lewes Lewkenor
- 1627-1641: Sir John Finett
- 1641-1686: Sir Charles Cotterell
- 1686-1710: Sir Charles Lodowick Cotterell
- 1710-1758: Sir Clement Cottrell
- 1758-1779: Sir Charles Cottrell-Dormer
- 1779-1796: Sir Clement Cottrell-Dormer
- 1796-1818: Sir Stephen Cottrell
- 1818-1847: Sir Robert Chester
- 1847-1876: Hon. Sir Edward Cust
- 1876-1890: Sir Francis Seymour, Bt.
- 1890-1893: Sir Christopher Teesdale
- 1893-1903: Colonel the Honourable Sir William James Colville, KCVO, CB
- 1901-: Honourable Richard Charles Moreton
- 1903-1907: Sir Douglas Dawson
- 1907-1920: Hon. Sir Arthur Walsh
Assistant Masters of the Ceremonies
- 1668-1672: Charles Cotterell
- 1672-1686: Charles Lodowick Cotterell
- 1686-1699: John Dormer
- 1699-1707: Clement Cotterell
- 1710-1740: John Inglis
- 1740-1758: Charles Cotterell
- 1758-1796: Stephen Cotterell
- 1796-1818: Robert Chester
- 1818-1822: Robert Chester (jnr.)
- 1822-1823: W. J. Crosbie
- 1823-1825: H. T. B. Mash
- 1825-1845: Thomas Seymour Hyde
- 1845-1847: Hon. Sir Edward Cust
- 1847-?: William Henry Cornwall
- ?-1881: Charles Bagot
- 1881-1887: Augustus Savile
- 1887-1901: William Chaine
- 1901-?: Robert Follett Synge, Esq., CMG
- The London Gazette: . 23 July 1901.
- "Dependent Sub-departments: Ceremonies 1660-1837". Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (revised): Court Officers, 1660-1837. 2006. pp. 112–114. Retrieved 2007-02-01.
- "Cottrell-Dormer of Rousham". Burke's Peerage & Gentry, 107th edition. 2003. Retrieved 2007-02-01.