Thursday, 12 February 2009
THE ROYAL ARCHIVES
5th April, 2001
Dear Mr. Pearce-Bennett,
Thank you for your letter of 10 March relating to your ancestors, the De Saulles family. Our records mention only two members of the family,Samuel De Saulles, who was a Page, and George Frederick, who worked in the Royal kitchen. The names and job descriptions do not quite agree with the details that you gave but I list you the details below in the hope that they will be of interest to you.
Samuel De Saulles entered royal service as a Page of the Presence, Second Class, on 5 July 1821 (ref.: PRO LC3/69/38). Following the accession of King William IV, he received a warrant to continue in this position on 24 July 1830 (ref.: LC3/70/8), and on 3 August in that same year he was promoted to Page of the Presence, First Class (ref.: LC3/70/14). He died in the early months of 1833, being replaced about 4 April that year by William Loades (ref.: LC3/70/93), and his widow, Anne, was granted a pension of £50 on 1 April (ref.: LC3/22). All the references given here are to records of The Lord Chamberlain's Department at the Public Record Office, Ruskin Avenue, Kew, Richmond TW9 4DU.
We also have some information in the Royal Archives concerning his son, George Frederick De Saulles, who entered royal service as a Kitchen Apprentice in 1838 and seems to have served the normal five years' apprenticeship, leaving in 1842. He returned c.1845 as Larderer and Storer. (It seems to have been quite usual for successful Kitchen Apprentices to have to seek work elsewhere for a short period whilst awaiting a permanent post in the Household, during which time, of course, they could gain valuable outside experience). By 1853, George Frederick was First Larderer and Storer, and that year he was promoted to Second Yeoman of the Kitchen. He remained as a Yeoman until 11 May1869, when he was promoted to Fourth Master Cook. On 26 June 1874 he received the Victoria Faithful Service Medal for 36 years service. On 4 May 1876 he was promoted to Third Master Cook, and on 3 August 1880 to Second Master Cook. He retired on 6 July 1881, and died on 7 November that year. His widow, another Anne, was granted a pension later that month, which she continued to receive until her own death in August 1899. Her death was reported by her son, W. De Saulles, who was then living at 11 Prospect Place, Surbiton.
I hope you will find this information helpful in your genealogical research. We do make a charge of £11.75 (including VAT) for the work involved in providing these details, and I should be grateful if you would send a cheque for this amount, made payable to the Royal Collection Trust.
Incidentally, you may like to know that there is a photograph of George Frederick De Saulles in the Royal Photograph Collection, and if you would like a copy of it you should write to the Curator of the Royal Photograph Collection, here at Windsor Castle.
I hope that you will find the above information of assistance in your research.
Mrs. J. Kelsey
The Royal Collection Trust