Lords of Havoc
The Gentlemen Ushers occupied a level intermediate between the steward, the usual
head, and the ordinary servants; they were responsible for overseeing the work of the
servants “above stairs”, particularly those who cooked and waited upon the nobleman at
meals, and saw to it the great chamber was kept clean by the lesser servants. He was also
responsible for overseeing other miscellaneous service, such as the care of the nobleman’s
chapel. It was traditionally the gentleman usher who swore in new members of the nobleman’s service.