A chief receiver; specifically a public official in charge of government revenues, a treasurer.
The term is still current as the title of the Treasurers of Canada (an office held by the Minister of Public Works and Government Services), of the Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey, and of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In the United Kingdom, the title of Receiver General is held by the chief executive officer of many cathedrals.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Rolls of Parliament. From receiver + general, in sense 1 after Anglo-Norman receivur general, receyvour general.