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Name Entered office Left office Party Notes
The Lord Hawkesbury 1803 February 1806 Tory Foreign Secretary to 1804; then Home Secretary
The Lord Grenville February 1806 31 March 1807 Whig Prime Minister
The Lord Hawkesbury
from 1808, the Earl of Liverpool'
31 March 1807 8 April 1827 Tory Home Secretary to 1809; Colonial Secretary 1809-1812; then Prime Minister
The Viscount Goderich April 1827 January 1828 Tory Colonial Secretary to August 1827; then Prime Minister
The Duke of Wellington January 1828 22 November 1830 Tory Prime Minister
The Earl Grey 22 November 1830 16 July 1834 Whig Prime Minister
The Viscount Melbourne 16 July 1834 14 November 1834 Whig Prime Minister
The Duke of Wellington 17 November 1834 8 April 1835 Tory Prime Minister November-December 1834; then Foreign Secretary
The Viscount Melbourne 18 April 1835 30 August 1841 Whig Prime Minister
The Duke of Wellington 3 September 1841 27 June 1846 Conservative Minister without Portfolio
The Marquess of Lansdowne 6 July 1846 21 February 1852 Whig Lord President
The Earl of Derby 23 February 1852 17 December 1852 Conservative Prime Minister
The Earl of Aberdeen 19 December 1852 30 January 1855 Peelite Prime Minister
The Earl Granville 8 February 1855 21 February 1858 Liberal Lord President
The Earl of Derby 21 February 1858 11 June 1859 Conservative Prime Minister
The Earl Granville 18 June 1859 29 October 1865 Liberal Lord President
The Earl Russell 29 October 1865 26 June 1866 Liberal Prime Minister
The Earl of Derby 28 June 1866 25 February 1868 Conservative Prime Minister
The Earl of Malmesbury 27 February 1868 1 December 1868 Conservative Lord Privy Seal
The Earl Granville 9 December 1868 17 February 1874 Liberal Colonial Secretary to 1870; then Foreign Secretary
The Duke of Richmond 21 February 1874 21 August 1876 Conservative Lord President
The Earl of Beaconsfield 21 August 1876 21 April 1880 Conservative Prime Minister
The Earl Granville 28 April 1880 9 June 1885 Liberal Foreign Secretary
The Marquess of Salisbury 23 June 1885 28 January 1886 Conservative Prime Minister
The Earl Granville 6 February 1886 20 July 1886 Liberal Colonial Secretary
The Marquess of Salisbury 25 July 1886 11 August 1892 Conservative Prime Minister
The Earl of Kimberley 18 August 1892 5 March 1894 Liberal Secretary of State for India
The Earl of Rosebery 5 March 1894 21 June 1895 Liberal Prime Minister
The Marquess of Salisbury 25 June 1895 11 July 1902 Conservative Prime Minister
The Duke of Devonshire 12 July 1902 13 October 1903 Liberal Unionist Lord President
The Marquess of Lansdowne 13 October 1903 4 December 1905 Liberal Unionist Foreign Secretary
The Marquess of Ripon 10 December 1905 14 April 1908 Liberal Lord Privy Seal
The Earl of Crewe
from 1911, the Marquess of Crewe
14 April 1908 10 December 1916 Liberal Colonial Secretary to 1910; Secretary of State for India 1910-1915; Lord President from 1915
The Earl Curzon of Kedleston
from 1921, the Marquess Curzon of Kedleston
10 December 1916 22 January 1924 Conservative Lord President to 1919, then Foreign Secretary
The Viscount Haldane 22 January 1924 3 November 1924 Labour Lord Chancellor
The Marquess Curzon of Kedleston 6 November 1924 27 April 1925 Conservative Lord President
The Marquess of Salisbury 27 April 1925 4 June 1929 Conservative Lord Privy Seal
The Lord Parmoor 7 June 1929 24 August 1931 Labour Lord President
The Marquess of Reading 25 August 1931 5 November 1931 Liberal Foreign Secretary
The Viscount Hailsham 5 November 1931 7 June 1935 Conservative Secretary of State for War
The Marquess of Londonderry 7 June 1935 22 November 1935 Conservative Lord Privy Seal
The Viscount Halifax 22 November 1935 27 October 1938 Conservative Lord Privy Seal to 1937; Lord President to March 1938; Foreign Secretary from March 1938
The Earl Stanhope 27 October 1938 14 May 1940 Conservative First Lord of the Admiralty to 1939, then Lord President
The Viscount Caldecote 14 May 1940 3 October 1940 Conservative Dominions Secretary
The Viscount Halifax 3 October 1940 22 December 1940 Conservative Foreign Secretary
The Lord Lloyd 22 December 1940 4 February 1941 Conservative Colonial Secretary
The Lord Moyne 8 February 1941 21 February 1942 Conservative Colonial Secretary
Viscount Cranborne 21 February 1942 26 July 1945 Conservative Colonial Secretary to November 1942; Lord Privy Seal November 1942-1943; Dominions Secretary 1943-1945
The Viscount Addison 3 August 1945 26 October 1951 Labour Dominions Secretary 1945-1947; Commonwealth Relations Secretary 1947; Lord Privy Seal 1947-1951; Lord President 1951
The Marquess of Salisbury 28 October 1951 29 March 1957 Conservative Lord Privy Seal 1951-1952; Commonwealth Relations Secretary 1952; Lord President 1952-1957
The Earl of Home 29 March 1957 27 July 1960 Conservative Commonwealth Relations Secretary
The Viscount Hailsham 27 July 1960 20 October 1963 Conservative Lord President of the Council
The Lord Carrington 20 October 1963 16 October 1964 Conservative Minister without Portfolio
The Earl of Longford 18 October 1964 16 January 1968 Labour Lord Privy Seal 1964-1965 and 1966-1968; Colonial Secretary 1965-1966
The Lord Shackleton 16 January 1968 19 June 1970 Labour Lord Privy Seal January-April 1968 and October 1968-1970; Paymaster General April-October 1968
The Earl Jellicoe 20 June 1970 5 June 1973 Conservative Lord Privy Seal
The Lord Windlesham 5 June 1973 4 March 1974 Conservative Lord Privy Seal
The Lord Shepherd 4 March 1974 10 September 1976 Labour Lord Privy Seal
The Lord Peart 10 September 1976 4 May 1979 Labour Lord Privy Seal
The Lord Soames 5 May 1979 14 September 1981 Conservative Lord President
The Baroness Young 14 September 1981 11 June 1983 Conservative Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster to 1982; then Lord Privy Seal
The Viscount Whitelaw 11 June 1983 10 January 1988 Conservative Lord President
The Lord Belstead 10 January 1988 28 November 1990 Conservative Lord Privy Seal
The Lord Waddington 28 November 1990 11 April 1992 Conservative Lord Privy Seal
The Lord Wakeham 11 April 1992 20 July 1994 Conservative Lord Privy Seal
Viscount Cranborne 20 July 1994 2 May 1997 Conservative Lord Privy Seal
The Lord Richard 2 May 1997 27 July 1998 Labour Lord Privy Seal
The Baroness Jay of Paddington 27 July 1998 8 June 2001 Labour Lord Privy Seal
The Lord Williams of Mostyn 8 June 2001 20 September 2003 Labour Lord Privy Seal to June 2003; then Lord President
The Baroness Amos 6 October 2003 current incumbent Labour Lord President

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