Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An officer of the British Army from 1483 to the Crimean war, who was charged with the supply and transportation of the army and in the early days controlled the artillery and engineers. Also called master-general of ordnance.
“Already in early Medieval Latin we come across the ecclesiastical terms abbas generalis and magister generalis, whence the titles master-general, vicar-general, and superior-general evolved and still linger, at least in the modern Catholic church.”
“Sir George Murray, quartermaster-general in the Peninsula, rode at the head of the artillery, as master-general of the ordnance.”
“He joined the Russell administration in July 1846 as master-general of the ordnance, finally retiring with his chief in”
“April 1827 he became a member of the Canning administration, taking the post of master-general of the ordnance, previously held by”
“He then received the appointment of master-general of ordnance for the North for life.”
“The first subject that engaged the attention of parliament after his majesty's recovery, was a plan, formed by the master-general of the ordnance, for the fortification of the West Indian Islands.”
“Hotham: while Lord Mansfield accepted the temporary office of speaker of the house of Lords; Lord Townshend became master-general of the ordnance; Burke was reinstated as paymaster of the forces; Charles”
“Lord Thurlow was reinstated as lord-chancellor; Earl Gower became president of the council; the Duke of Rutland was constituted lord privy-seal; Lord Howe was placed at the head of the admiralty; the Duke of Richmond was made master-general of the ordnance; and Lord Temple was again appointed to the government of Ireland.”
“Lord Hillsborough resigned his post of secretary for the colonies and first lord of trade; the Earl of Harcourt succeeded Lord Townshend in Ireland, the latter being appointed master-general of the ordnance; General Conway obtained the government of Jersey, and was succeeded as lieutenant-general of the ordnance by Sir Jeffery Amherst; and Lord Stormont was sent as ambassador to Paris.”
“Conway, as commander-in-chief; Mr. Dunning, created Lord Ash-burton, as chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster; and the Duke of Richmond, as master-general of the ordnance.”
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