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List of Lord Chancellors and Lord Keepers

 

List of Lord Chancellors and Lord Keepers

The following is a list of Lord Chancellors, Lord Keepers of the Great Seal and Commissioners entrusted with Parliament's Great Seal of England and Great Britain.

Contents

  • Lord Chancellors and Lord Keepers of England, 1068–1707 1
    • 11th century 1.1
    • 12th century 1.2
    • 13th century 1.3
    • 14th century 1.4
    • 15th century 1.5
    • 16th century 1.6
    • Early 17th century 1.7
    • Civil War and Interregnum – Commissioners entrusted with Parliament's Great Seal 1.8
    • Charles II 1.9
    • James II and beyond 1.10
  • Lord High Chancellors and Lord Keepers of Great Britain, 1707–2005 2
  • After the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Lord Chancellors and Lord Keepers of England, 1068–1707

11th century

12th century

13th century

14th century

15th century

16th century

Early 17th century

Civil War and Interregnum – Commissioners entrusted with Parliament's Great Seal [1]

Charles II

James II and beyond

Image Name Term (From – To)
The Lord Jeffreys 1685–1688
In Commission: 1689-1690
In Commission: 1690-1693
Sir John Somers (later Lord Somers) (Lord Keeper to 1697) 1693–1700
In Commission: 1700
Sir Nathan Wright (Lord Keeper) 1700–1705
William Cowper (later Lord Cowper) (Lord Keeper) 1705–1707

Lord High Chancellors and Lord Keepers of Great Britain, 1707–2005

Image Name Term (From – To)
The Lord Cowper 1707–1710[2]
In Commission: 1710
Sir Simon Harcourt (later Lord Harcourt) (Lord Keeper to 1713) 1710–1714
The Lord Cowper 1714–1718
In Commission: 1718
The Lord Parker (later Earl of Macclesfield) 1718–1725
In Commission: 1725
The Lord King 1725–1733
The Lord Talbot of Hensol 1733–1737
The Lord Hardwicke (later Earl of Hardwicke) 1737–1756
In Commission: 1756–1757
Sir Robert Henley later Lord Henley and Earl of Northington (Lord Keeper to 1761) 1757–1766
The Lord Camden 1766–1770
Charles Yorke[3] 1770
In Commission: 1770–1771
The Lord Apsley (later Earl Bathurst) 1771–1778
The Lord Thurlow 1778–1783
In Commission: 1783
The Lord Thurlow 1783–1792
In Commission: 1792–1793
The Lord Loughborough 1793–1801
The Lord Eldon 1801–1806
The Lord Erskine 1806–1807
The Lord Eldon (later Earl of Eldon) 1807–1827
The Lord Lyndhurst 1827–1830
The Lord Brougham and Vaux 1830–1834
The Lord Lyndhurst 1834–1835
In Commission: 1835–1836
The Lord Cottenham 1836–1841
The Lord Lyndhurst 1841–1846
The Lord Cottenham 1846–1850
In Commission: 1850
The Lord Truro 1850–1852
The Lord St Leonards 1852
The Lord Cranworth 1852–1858
The Lord Chelmsford 1858–1859
The Lord Campbell 1859–1861
The Lord Westbury 1861–1865
The Lord Cranworth 1865–1866
The Lord Chelmsford 1866–1868
The Lord Cairns 1868
The Lord Hatherley 1868–1872
The Lord Selborne 1872–1874
The Lord Cairns (later Earl Cairns) 1874–1880
The Lord Selborne (later Earl of Selborne) 1880–1885
The Lord Halsbury 1885–1886
The Lord Herschell 1886
The Lord Halsbury 1886–1892
The Lord Herschell 1892–1895
The Lord Halsbury (later Earl of Halsbury) 1895–1905
The Lord Loreburn (later Earl Loreburn) 1905–1912
The Viscount Haldane 1912–1915
The Lord Buckmaster 1915–1916
The Lord Finlay 1916–1919
The Lord Birkenhead (later Earl of Birkenhead) 1919–1922
The Viscount Cave 1922–1924
The Viscount Haldane 1924
The Viscount Cave 1924–1928
The Lord Hailsham (later Viscount Hailsham) 1928–1929
The Lord Sankey (later Viscount Sankey) 1929–1935
The Viscount Hailsham 1935–1938
The Lord Maugham 1938–1939
The Viscount Caldecote 1939–1940
The Viscount Simon 1940–1945
The Lord Jowitt (later Viscount Jowitt) 1945–1951
The Lord Simonds 1951–1954
The Viscount Kilmuir 1954–1962
The Lord Dilhorne 1962–1964
The Lord Gardiner 1964–1970
The Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone 1970–1974
The Lord Elwyn-Jones 1974–1979
The Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone 1979–1987
The Lord Havers 1987
The Lord Mackay of Clashfern 1987–1997
The Lord Irvine of Lairg 1997–2003
The Lord Falconer of Thoroton 2003–2007

Notes:

1: Yorke, who had been associated with the opposition, was persuaded to accept appointment as Lord Chancellor and was to have been created Baron Morden. However on meeting with his erstwhile opposition colleagues he became ashamed of his action. He refused to sign the patent conferring the peerage on himself and then committed suicide.

After the Constitutional Reform Act 2005

Image Name Term (From – To)
Jack Straw 2007–2010
Kenneth Clarke 2010–2012
Chris Grayling 2012–2015
Michael Gove 2015–present

See also

References

  1. ^ Cook and Wroughton, English Historical Facts, 1603–1688, PP 8–9
  2. ^ Geoffrey Treasure, ‘Cowper, William, first Earl Cowper (1665–1723)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Jan 2009 accessed 27 March 2009
  3. ^ Yorke, who had been associated with the opposition, was persuaded to accept appointment as Lord Chancellor and was to have been created Baron Morden. However on meeting with his erstwhile opposition colleagues he became ashamed of his action. He refused to sign the patent conferring the peerage on himself and then committed suicide.
  • John Haydn and Horace Ockerby, The Book of Dignities, third edition, W.H. Allen and Co. Ltd, London 1894, reprinted Firecrest Publishing Limited, Bath 1969, p. 352–358
  • John Lord Campbell (1845) Lives of the Lords Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal of England. 5th ed. (1868) London: Murray, vol. 10

External links

  • Department for Constitutional Affairs' list
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