Master of the Mint

Master of the Mint is in Master.

In 1461 William Hastings 1st Baron Hastings 1431-1483 (30) was appointed Master of the Mint.

John Evelyn's Diary 06 September 1662. 06 Sep 1662. Dined with me Sir Edward Walker (51), Garter King-at-Arms, Mr. Slingsby (41), master of the Mint, and several others.

In 1667 Henry Slingsby Master of the Mint 1621-1688 (46) was appointed Master of the Mint.

John Evelyn's Diary 17 July 1667. 17 Jul 1667. The Master of the Mint and his lady, Mr. Williamson, Sir Nicholas Armourer (47), Sir Edward Bowyer, Sir Anthony Auger, and other friends dined with me.

John Evelyn's Diary 19 July 1670. 19 Jul 1670. I accompanied my worthy friend, that excellent man, Sir Robert Murray (62), with Mr. Slingsby (49), Master of the Mint, to see the latter's seat and estate at Burrow-Green in Cambridgeshire, he desiring our advice for placing a new house, which he was resolved to build. We set out in a coach and six horses with him and his lady, dined about midway at one Mr. Turner's, where we found a very noble dinner, venison, music, and a circle of country ladies and their gallants. After dinner, we proceeded, and came to Burrow-Green that night. This had been the ancient seat of the Cheekes (whose daughter Mr. Slingsby (49) married), formerly tutor to King Henry VI [NOTE. Possibly a mistake for Edward VI since John Cheke Tutor 1514-1557 was tutor to Edward VI]. The old house large and ample, and built for ancient hospitality, ready to fall down with age, placed in a dirty hole, a stiff clay, no water, next an adjoining church-yard, and with other inconveniences. We pitched on a spot of rising ground, adorned with venerable woods, a dry and sweet prospect east and west, and fit for a park, but no running water; at a mile distance from the old house.

John Evelyn's Diary 02 December 1674. 02 Dec 1674. At Mr. Slingsby's (53), Master of the Mint, my worthy friend, a great lover of music. Heard Signor Francisco on the Harpsichord, esteemed one of the most excellent masters in Europe on that instrument; then, came Nicholao with his violin, and struck all mute, but Mrs. Knight, who sung incomparably, and doubtless has the greatest reach of any English woman; she had been lately roaming in Italy, and was much improved in that quality.

John Evelyn's Diary 20 July 1678. 20 Jul 1678. I went to the Tower to try a metal at the Assay-master's, which only proved sulphur; then saw Monsieur Rotière (47), that excellent graver belonging to the Mint, who emulates even the ancients, in both metal and stone; he was now molding a horse for the King's (48) statue, to be cast in silver, of a yard high. I dined with Mr. Slingsby (57), Master of the Mint.

Around 1642. William Dobson Painter 1611-1646. Portrait of the future King Charles II of England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685. Before 1691. John Riley Painter 1646-1691. Portrait of King Charles II of England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685. Around 1665 John Greenhill Painter 1644-1676. Portrait of King Charles II of England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 in his Garter Robes. Around 1661 John Michael Wright 1617-1694. Portrait of King Charles II of England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 in his coronation robes. Before 11 Jul 1671 Adriaen Hanneman Painter 1603-1671. Portrait of King Charles II of England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685. 1675. Hendrick Danckerts Painter 1625-1680. Portrait of Royal Gardener John Rose presenting a pineappel to King Charles II

John Evelyn's Diary 20 November 1679. 20 Nov 1679. I dined with Mr. Slingsby (58), Master of the Mint, with my wife (44), invited to hear music, which was exquisitely performed by four of the most renowned masters: Du Prue, a Frenchman, on the lute; Signor Bartholomeo, an Italian, on the harpsichord; Nicholao on the violin; but, above all, for its sweetness and novelty, the viol d'amore of five wire strings played on with a bow, being but an ordinary violin, played on lyre-way, by a German. There was also a flute douce, now in much request for accompanying the voice. Mr. Slingsby (58), whose son and daughter played skillfully, had these meetings frequently in his house.

In 1699 Isaac Newton Scientist 1642-1727 (56) was appointed Master of the Mint.

Deputy Master of the Mint

In 1662 Henry Slingsby Master of the Mint 1621-1688 (41) was appointed Deputy Master of the Mint to 1667.