London top 10: Weirdest job titles in Royal Household

15:37 01 June 2012

Fascinating historical lists of people who have served Kings and Queens have been released online for the first time – revealing some very bizarre job titles.

In celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, family history website findmypast.co.uk, in association with the Royal Archives, has launched the Royal Household Staff Lists.

Previously only accessible at Windsor Castle by appointment, these rarely viewed records cover royal residences including Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and St. James’ Palace, and include 50,000 staff records from the reign of King Charles II to King George V between 1660 and 1924.

With details such as name, occupation, age, length of service and salary, the records paint a vivid picture of royal life – and will help people researching their family history discover if they have any relatives who worked for the monarchy.

The lists reveal a number of most unusual occupations. Here is a top 10 of extraordinary job titles in the Royal Household.

1. Chocolate Maker to the Queen

2. Yeoman of the Mouth to Her Majesty Queen Mary in the Pantry

3. Necessary Woman to the Corridor and Entrance Hall

4. Keeper of the Lions in the Tower

5. Moletaker

6. Master of the Game of Cock Fighting

7. Groom of the Removing Wardrobe

8. Groom of the Stole

9. Strewer of Herbs

10. Laundress of the Body Linen

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