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John Halse

Birthdate: (89)
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Death: August 9, 1871 (89)
Graham Cottage, Acton-Green, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
Place of Burial: London, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of John Halse, Sr. and Seqlidgiah Halse
Husband of Clarissa Halse
Father of John Halse; William Halse; Henry Halse, I; Henry Halse; Edward Tindall Halse and 7 others
Brother of Catherine Halse; Mary Halse; William Halse; Issac Halse; Abraham Halse and 3 others

Occupation: State Page at St James’s Palace.
Managed by: Jason Scott Wills
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About John Halse

John Halse first worked as personal valet to the Duke of Rutland at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire c1804.

In 1820 he was appointed 'Page of the Presence Chamber' to King George IV (1820-30) at St James Palace and in 1830 became the resident 'State Page' at St James Palace, until his retirement in 1844.

He gained the patronage of King William IV (1830-37) for his son George, with the result that the latter was admitted to St Paul's School in 1833 at the request of the monarch. Plans for studying for the church were frustrated by William IV's death and George's schooling ended in 1841.

William IV was the last Sovereign to use St. James's Palace as a residence. Queen Victoria (1837-1901) married Prince Albert in the Chapel Royal in 1840. In 1841 St James's was no longer used as a royal residence. The Hanoverians had built Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and York (later Lancaster) House for the various members of the royal family.

Included in the list of Officers at St James Palace, London:

Halse, John - Page of the Presence Chamber 10 Oct. 1820 (LC 3/69, p. 21). Page of the Presence Chamber (First Class) 10 Aug. 1821 (Ibid., f. 38; LC 3/70, p. 9). State Page 10 Aug. 1830 (LC 3/70, p. 15). Ret. by 17 Apr. 1844 (LC 3/71, p. 241).

Halse (Hulse), Clarissa - Necessary Woman (Housekeeper) to the Private Apartments, St. James. 20 June 1831 (LC 3/72, p. 240; LC 3/60).

NB A State Page was a working member of the Royal Household (probably in the Lord Chamberlain's Department), who helped with the arrangement and running of the Palace and state events.

St James's Palace is one of the oldest royal residences in London, having originally been built for King Henry VIII on the site of St James's Hospital, Westminster. It is still the notional home of the court; all ambassadors to the UK are accredited to "the Court of St James's". The accession of a new monarch is still proclaimed at St James's and the Privy Council sits there as the Accession Council.

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John Halse's Timeline

July 22, 1782
London, England, United Kingdom
January 23, 1816
Age 33
Knipton, Leicestershire, UK
May 25, 1817
Age 34
Knipton, Leicestershire, England
December 4, 1818
Age 36
Knipton, Leicestershire, UK
June 8, 1820
Age 37
Knipton, Leicestershire, England
March 8, 1822
Age 39
May 31, 1823
Age 40
June 18, 1824
Age 41
May 1, 1826
Age 43
London, UK