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The Paymaster of the Forces was a position in the British government. The office was responsible for part of the financing of the army, and was noted as one of the most lucrative positions in the British government. Henry Fox was estimated to have amassed hundreds of thousands pounds while he held the post during Britain's involvement in the Seven Years War.[1]

It was occasionally a cabinet-level post in the 18th and early 19th centuries, and many future prime ministers served as Paymaster. The position was abolished in 1836.


Paymasters of the Forces, 1661-1836

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  1. ^ Anderson p.175


Anderson, Fred. Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766. Faber and Faber, 2001



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