The revolution of 1641 - 42 may have got rid of the post of chief ruler or 'Master' (and perhaps other distinctions which the pre-revolutionary rulers had made amongst themselves). On 1 March 1695 a parliamentary bill was heard proposing to (re-)establish a chief ruler or 'master'. But the bill was not enacted. Such a proposal does not seem to have been carried out until 1827.
In that year an Act of Parliament finally re-established an oligarchic constitution for the Company, with a self-selecting court of a master, several wardens, and a number of assistants.
NOTES1. The Laws & Constitutions of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen ... (1742), p.52. Back
2. Humpherus, II, p.390. Back
3. Second Report on Municipal Corporations (London, 1837), I, p.177; cf. Charles Dickens jnr., Dickens's Dictionary of the Thames (London, 1884), p.283. Back