Member of Council. Acted on behalf of the Lord in any civil and criminal cases; especial duty was to prevent any infringemnts of the Lord's perogative rights. Generally attended all courts, both civil and ecclesiatical to record fines and ensure their collection for the Lord. Provided advice on questions of jurisdiction; also represented any incapable of defending themselves at law (eg widows, minors). Set rents for newly enclosed land etc. at the annual Sheading courts.
Salary in 1765 was £15 pa.
Pre-revestment usually a Manx appointee as needed some knowledge of Manx law.
Post revestment a key role apointed by London - the post did not require domicile on the Island
(note taken from sampled years of Salaries and dispersements - year approximate
|1755||Dan Mcylrea jun|
|1765||John Quillin - also briefly Attorney General under Athol Lordship, appointed Dec 1764 (d.Jan 1768 age 35 - m. Ann Quayle)|
|1768||Charles Searle (d. 1774)|
|1774||Wadsworth Busk (retired 1797)|
|1797||William Frankland (family linked to Smelt family via marriage and probably responsible for bringing Smelt to London's attention)|
|1816||John Clarke (previously Recorder for Liverpool)|
|1844||Charles Richard Ogden (also held appointment in Liverpool)|
|1866||James Gell (later Sir James Gell, later High Bailiff and First Deemster) (resigned)|
|1898||George Alfred Ring (resigned)|
|1921||Ramsey Bignall Moore|
|1945||Sydney James Moore|