A Biographical Note on James Maxwell, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod

@article{Sainty2018ABN,
  title={A Biographical Note on James Maxwell, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod},
  author={John Christopher Sainty},
  journal={Parliamentary History},
  year={2018}
}
  • J. Sainty
  • Published 1 June 2018
  • History
  • Parliamentary History
This note seeks to clarify the course of the career of James Maxwell, gentleman usher of the black rod in several earlier Stuart parliaments. Maxwell was a Scot who followed James I south in 1603, serving in his household and that of Charles I, first as a gentleman usher daily waiter, and from 1619 as a groom of the bedchamber. In 1620 he secured the office of black rod. In 1642 he failed to follow the king to Oxford but remained with the parliament at Westminster, although largely delegating…