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Name Began Ended Party Notes
Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Bt. 31 May 1660 10 May 1670
Sir Heneage Finch 110 may 1670 12 November 1673
Sir Francis North 12 November 1673 25 January 1675
Sir William Jones 25 January 1675 27 October 1679
Sir Creswell Levinge 27 October 1679 24 February 1681
Sir Robert Sawyer 24 February 1681 13 December 1687
Sir Thomas Powis 13 December 1687 11 December 1688
Sir Henry Pollexfen March 1689 4 May 1689
Sir George Treby 4 May 1689 3 May 1692 Whig
Sir John Somers 3 May 1692 30 March 1693 Whig
Sir Edward Ward 30 March 1693 8 June 1695 Whig
Sir Thomas Trevor 8 June 1695 28 June 1701 Whig
Sir Edward Northey 28 June 1701 26 April 1707 Tory
Sir Simon Harcourt 26 April 1707 22 October 1708 Tory
Sir James Montagu 22 October 1708 19 September 1710 Whig
Sir Simon Harcourt 19 September 1710 19 October 1710 Tory
Sir Edward Northey 19 October 1710 18 March 1718 Tory
Sir Nicholas Lechmere 18 March 1718 7 May 1720 Whig
Sir Robert Raymond 7 May 1720 1 February 1724 Whig
Sir Philip Yorke 1 February 1724 January 1734 Whig
Sir John Willes January 1734 28 January 1737 Whig
Sir Dudley Ryder 28 January 1737 May 1754 Whig
William Murray May 1754 3 November 1756 Whig
Sir Robert Henley 3 November 1756 1 July 1757 Whig
Sir Charles Pratt 1 July 1757 25 January 1762 Whig
Charles Yorke 25 January 1762 16 December 1763 Whig
Sir Fletcher Norton 16 December 1763 17 September 1765 Whig
Charles Yorke 17 September 1765 6 August 1766 Whig
William de Grey 6 August 1766 26 January 1771 Whig
Edward Thurlow 26 January 1771 11 June 1778 Tory
Alexander Wedderburn 11 June 1778 21 July 1780 Tory
James Wallace 21 July 1780 18 April 1782 Tory
Lloyd Kenyon 18 April 1782 2 May 1783 Whig
James Wallace 2 May 1783 16 November 1783 Tory
John Lee 22 November 1783 19 December 1783 Whig
Lloyd Kenyon 26 December 1783 31 March 1784 Whig
Richard Arden 31 March 1784 28 June 1788 Tory
Sir Archibald Macdonald 28 June 1788 14 February 1793 Tory
Sir John Scott 14 February 1793 18 July 1799 Tory
Sir John Mitford 18 July 1799 14 February 1801 Tory
Sir Edward Law 14 February 1801 15 April 1802 Tory
Spencer Perceval 15 April 1802 12 February 1806 Tory
Sir Arthur Piggott 12 February 1806 1 April 1807 Whig
Sir Vicary Gibbs 1 April 1807 26 June 1812 Tory
Sir Thomas Plumer 26 June 1812 4 May 1813 Tory
Sir William Garrow 4 May 1813 7 May 1817 Tory
Sir Samuel Shepherd 7 May 1817 24 July 1819 Tory
Sir Robert Gifford 24 July 1819 9 January 1824 Tory
Sir John Singleton Copley 9 January 1824 20 September 1826 Tory
Sir Charles Wetherell 20 September 1826 27 April 1827 Tory
Sir James Scarlett 27 April 1827 19 February 1828 Tory
Sir Charles Wetherell 19 February 1828 29 June 1829 Tory
Sir James Scarlett 29 June 1829 19 November 1830 Tory
Sir Thomas Denman 24 November 1830 26 November 1832 Whig
Sir William Horne 26 November 1832 1 March 1834 Whig
Sir John Campbell 1 March 1834 14 November 1834 Whig
Sir Frederick Pollock, Bt. 17 December 1834 8 April 1835 Conservative
Sir John Campbell 30 April 1835 3 July 1841 Whig
Sir Thomas Wilde 3 July 1841 30 August 1841 Whig
Sir Frederick Pollock, Bt. 6 September 1841 15 April 1844 Conservative
Sir William Webb Follett 15 April 1844 29 June 1845 Conservative
Sir Frederic Thesiger 29 June 1845 29 June 1846 Conservative
Sir Thomas Wilde 7 July 1846 17 July 1846 Liberal
Sir John Jervis 17 July 1846 11 July 1850 Liberal
Sir John Romilly 11 July 1850 28 March 1851 Liberal
Sir Alexander Cockburn, Bt. 28 March 1851 21 February 1852 Liberal
Sir Frederic Thesiger 27 February 1852 17 December 1852 Conservative
Sir Alexander Cockburn, Bt. 28 December 1852 15 November 1856 Liberal
Sir Richard Bethell 15 November 1856 21 February 1858 Liberal
Sir Fitzroy Kelly 26 February 1858 11 June 1859 Conservative
Sir Richard Bethell 18 June 1859 4 July 1861 Liberal
Sir William Atherton 4 July 1861 2 October 1863 Liberal
Sir Roundell Palmer 2 October 1863 26 June 1866 Liberal
Sir Hugh Cairns 10 July 1866 29 October 1866 Conservative
Sir John Rolt 29 October 1866 18 July 1867 Conservative
Sir John Burgess Karslake 18 July 1867 1 December 1868 Conservative
Sir Robert Collier 12 December 1868 10 November 1871 Liberal
Sir John Coleridge 10 November 1871 20 November 1873 Liberal
Sir Henry James 20 November 1873 17 February 1874 Liberal
Sir John Burgess Karslake 27 February 1874 20 April 1874 Conservative
Sir Richard Baggallay 20 April 1874 25 November 1875 Conservative
Sir John Holker 25 November 1875 21 April 1880 Conservative
Sir Henry James 3 May 1880 9 June 1885 Liberal
Sir Richard Webster 27 July 1885 28 January 1886 Conservative
Sir Charles Russell 9 February 1886 20 July 1886 Liberal
Sir Richard Webster 5 August 1886 11 August 1892 Conservative
Sir Charles Russell 20 August 1892 3 May 1894 Liberal
Sir John Rigby 3 May 1894 24 October 1894 Liberal
Sir Robert Threshie Reid 24 October 1894 21 June 1895 Liberal
Sir Richard Webster 8 July 1895 11 May 1900 Conservative
Sir Robert Finlay 11 May 1900 4 December 1905 Liberal Unionist
Sir John Lawson Walton 12 December 1905 28 January 1908 Liberal
Sir William Robson 28 January 1908 7 October 1910 Liberal
Sir Rufus Isaacs 7 October 1910 19 October 1913 Liberal entered cabinet 4 June 1912
Sir John Simon 19 October 1913 25 May 1915 Liberal in cabinet
Sir Edward Carson 25 May 1915 3 November 1915 Unionist in cabinet
Sir F. E. Smith 3 November 1915 10 January 1919 Unionist in cabinet to 5 December 1916
Sir Gordon Hewart 10 January 1919 6 March 1922 Liberal in cabinet from 7 November 1921
Sir Ernest Pollock 6 March 1922 19 October 1922 Conservative
Sir Douglas Hogg 24 October 1922 22 January 1924 Conservative
Sir Patrick Hastings 23 January 1924 3 November 1924 Labour
Sir Douglas Hogg 6 November 1924 28 March 1928 Conservative in cabinet
Sir Thomas Inskip 28 March 1928 4 June 1929 Conservative
Sir William Jowitt 7 June 1929 26 January 1932 Labour/National Labour
Sir Thomas Inskip 26 January 1932 18 March 1936 Conservative
Sir Donald Somervell 18 March 1936 23 May 1945 Conservative
Sir David Maxwell Fyfe 25 May 1945 26 July 1945 Conservative
Sir Hartley Shawcross 4 August 1945 24 April 1951 Labour
Sir Frank Soskice 24 April 1951 26 October 1951 Labour
Sir Lionel Heald 3 November 1951 18 October 1954 Conservative
Sir Reginald Manningham-Buller 18 October 1954 16 July 1962 Conservative
Sir John Hobson 16 July 1962 16 October 1964 Conservative
Sir Elwyn Jones 18 October 1964 19 June 1970 Labour
Sir Peter Rawlinson 23 June 1970 4 March 1974 Conservative
Sir Samuel Silkin 4 March 1974 4 May 1979 Labour
Sir Michael Havers 6 May 1979 11 June 1987 Conservative
Sir Patrick Mayhew 11 June 1987 9 April 1992 Conservative
Sir Nicholas Lyell 9 April 1992 2 May 1997 Conservative
Sir John Morris 2 May 1997 29 July 1999 Labour
The Lord Williams of Mostyn 29 July 1999 8 June 2001 Labour
The Lord Goldsmith 8 June 2001 27 June 2007 Labour
The Baroness Scotland of Asthal 28 June 2007 11 May 2010 Labour
Dominic Grieve 12 May 2010 Conservative

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