This list constituted the payroll of the men involved in the rope-making activity in the Admiralty's Dockyard at Plymouth for the 3rd Quarter of 1720.
The (civilian) Clerk of the Ropeyard (at Woolwich, Chatham, Portsmouth and Plymouth): recruited the men, and received and issued stores. This well-paid position, netting £100 per annum, and including a good house on the dockyard site, was abollished in the early 1800s in favour of the appointment of a commissioned naval officer to oversee the ropeyard.
The (civilian) Master Ropemaker was responsible for the workmen and and for the day-to-day running of the Rope Works. This post was also abolished and control vested in Naval personnel but at this time, he also received £100 per annum.
The Contractor was responsible for supplying materials and for the cost-effectiveness of the business.