Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Sir William Armourer was Equerry of the Great Horse to the King 1660-1668. "The chief duty of the equerries was 'to attend the King on Horseback, and on all public Occasions'. In fact, by the reign of George I, they rode in the lead coach. In addition, equerries of the crown stable were 'to superintend the Saddle and Manage Stables;...and to instruct the Pages of Honor in Horsemanship'. The equerries were appointed by royal warrant. During the reign of Charles II their number was fixed in principle at twelve, eight of whom were designated equerries of the hunting stable and four equerries of the crown, great or courser's stable." http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?co...
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