On Old Earth (or in low-tech feudal societies), the seneschal was the person in charge of a noble's estate. In more modern times, the role has changed to that of aide or executive officer.
For high-ranking officers, the wide range of responsibilities of high office are manageable only through computer assistance. Even then, the information flow may be too great. The modern seneschal is a product of the computer age - an adjutant or assistant with responsibilities in information management. The seneschal has no authority of his own; he manages the massive input of information associated with his superior's position, keeping the official informed, but not overwhelmed.
The most famous seneschal in the Spinward Marches is Branj Dilgaadin , seneschal to Duke Norris of Regina.
(SUPP-11: p18, 1107; mine, 1120; TNE-RSB, 1202)
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