Green Cloth


Green Cloth
Used as in 'Officer of the Green Cloth'; a department of the royal household, dealing with financial and legal matters, overseen by a lord steward. Essentially the department dealt with all matters related to below stairs. It was so named for the green cloth on the table around which its meetings were held. The steward's post was well worth having: remuneration was £100 a year plus 16 dishes with every meal. It was held by a succession of powerful earls and dukes. The board of the Green Cloth persisted into the 19c, as a branch of the lord steward's department. Today it still meets in Buckingham Palace.

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  • green cloth — In old English law, a board or court of justice held in the countinghouse of the king s (or queen s) household, and composed of the lord steward and inferior officers. It takes its name from the green cloth spread over the board at which it is… …   Black's law dictionary

  • green cloth — In old English law, a board or court of justice held in the countinghouse of the king s (or queen s) household, and composed of the lord steward and inferior officers. It takes its name from the green cloth spread over the board at which it is… …   Black's law dictionary

  • green cloth — noun 1. usually capitalized G&C [so called from the green covered table at which the board originally carried on its business] : a board or court of justice of the British sovereign s household that is composed of the lord steward and his… …   Useful english dictionary

  • green cloth — An English court which was held in the royal household …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Clerk of the Green Cloth — Sir Stephen Fox was working at the Clerk of the Green Cloth for almost 30 years. His last 18 years was as First Clerk. The Clerk of the Green Cloth was a position in the British Royal Household. The clerk acted as secretary of the Board of Green… …   Wikipedia

  • Board of Green Cloth — The Board of Green Cloth was a board of officials belonging to the Royal Household of England and Great Britain. It took its name from the table of green baize at which its members sat.It audited the accounts of the Royal Household and made… …   Wikipedia

  • Board of Green Cloth — noun full form of Green Cloth …   English new terms dictionary

  • green — adj., n., & v. adj. 1 of the colour between blue and yellow in the spectrum; coloured like grass, emeralds, etc. 2 a covered with leaves or grass. b mild and without snow (a green Christmas). 3 (of fruit etc. or wood) unripe or unseasoned. 4 not… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Green — adj., n., & v. adj. 1 of the colour between blue and yellow in the spectrum; coloured like grass, emeralds, etc. 2 a covered with leaves or grass. b mild and without snow (a green Christmas). 3 (of fruit etc. or wood) unripe or unseasoned. 4 not… …   Useful english dictionary


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