The Upper Clerk is the chief administrative officer of the Company. There have been many iterations of the role, some combining the activities of Treasurer. This was actively discouraged when it was found that one such Clerk was convicted of theft of Company property!
Historically it was spelt ‘Clarke’ and the title Upper Clerk is a relatively recent affectation. Clerks have been either members of the Company or individuals brought in from the outside and have not been Freemen.
Today the Upper Clerk is the equivalent of the Chief Operating Officer of the Company. He is a part time official working to the Court of Assistants.
This list is not complete, however as our archivist works through the records and minute books held at the Borthwick Institute, York, the names of newly found clerks will be added.
Clerks in England 1614 - present day
1619 George Symcotts
1793 Beriah Drew
1829 G Drew (relation of Beriah Drew?)
1859 G Drew and GH Drew (Father and Son?)
1913 John Tilleard Freeman (Solicitor)
1923 Godfrey J Freeman (Son of JT Freeman)
1951 Ken Bloor
1960 J Allan Clough
1960 Pat Womersley DFC
1985 Martin Arnold
1994 Giles Sandford Scott
2001 Major Simon Hogge MBE
2014 Wing Commander Anthony Robinson
2015 Major Simon Hogge MBE
2016 Lieutenant Colonel David O’Kelly