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Name Entered office Left office Party Notes
Herfast 1068 1070
Osmund 1070 1078
Maurice, Archdeacon of Le Mans 1078 1085
Gerard, Preceptor of Rouen 1085 1092
Robert Blouet 1092 1093
William Giffard 1093 1101
Roger 1101 1102
Waldric 1102 1107
Ranulf 1107 1123
Geoffrey Rufus 1123 1133
Robert de Sigillo 1133 1135
Roger le Poer 1135 1139
Philip de Harcourt, Dean of Lincoln 1139 1140
Robert of Ghent, Dean of York 1140 1141
William FitzGilbert 1141 1142
William de Vere 1142 1142
Robert of Ghent, Dean of York 1142 1154
Thomas Becket, Archdeacon of Canterbury 1155 1162
Geoffrey Ridel, Archdeacon of Canterbury 1162 1173
Ralph de Warneville, Treasurer of York 1173 1181
Geoffrey the Bastard 1181 1189
William Longchamp, Bishop of Ely 1189 1197
Eustace, Dean of Salisbury 1197 1198
Eustace, Bishop of Ely 1198 1199
Hubert Walter, Archbishop of Canterbury 1199 1205
Walter de Gray 1205 1214
Richard Marsh 1214 1226
Ralph Neville 1226 1240
Richard le Gras, Abbot of Evesham 1240 1242
Ralph Neville 1242 1244
Silvester de Everdon, Archdeacon of Chester 1244 1246
John Maunsell, Provost of Beverley 1246 1247
Sir John Lexington 1247 1248
John Maunsell 1248 1249
Sir John Lexington 1249 1250
William of Kilkenny 1250 1255
Henry Wingham 1255 1260
Nicholas of Ely, Archdeacon of Ely 1260 1261
Walter de Merton, Archdeacon of Bath 1261 1263
Nicholas of Ely, Archdeacon of Ely 1263 1263
John Chishull, Archdeacon of London 1263 1264
Thomas Cantilupe, Archdeacon of Stafford 1264 1265
Ralph Sandwich 1265 1265
Walter Giffard, Bishop of Bath and Wells 1265 1266
Godfrey Giffard, Archdeacon of Wells 1266 1268
John Chishull, Dean of St Paul's 1268 1269
Richard Middleton, Archdeacon of Northumberland 1269 1272
Walter de Merton, Archdeacon of Bath 1272 1274
Robert Burnell, Bishop of Bath and Wells 1274 1292
John Langton, Canon of Lincoln 1292 1302
William Greenfield, Dean of Chichester 1302 1305
William Hamilton, Dean of York 1305 1307
Ralph Baldock, Bishop of London 1307 1307
John Langton, Bishop of Chichester 1307 1310
Walter Reynolds, Bishop of Worcester 1310 1314
John Sandall 1314 1318
John Hotham, Bishop of Ely 1318 1320
John Salmon, Bishop of Norwich 1320 1323
Robert Baldock, Archdeacon of Middlesex 1323 1327
William Airmyn, Bishop of Norwich 1327 1328
Henry Burghersh, Bishop of Lincoln 1328 1330
John Stratford, Bishop of Winchester 1330 1334
Richard Bury, Bishop of Durham 1334 1335
John Stratford, Archbishop of Canterbury 1335 1337
Robert Stratford, Bishop of Chichester 1337 1338
Richard Bintworth, Bishop of London 1338 1339
John Stratford, Archbishop of Canterbury 1340 1340
Sir Robert Bourchier 1340 1341
Sir Robert Parving 1341 1343
Sir Robert Sadington 1343 1345
John Offord, Dean of Lincoln 1345 1349
John Thoresby, Bishop of Worcester 1349 1356
William Edington, Bishop of Winchester 1356 1363
Simon Langham, Bishop of Ely 1363 1367
William Edington, Bishop of Winchester 1367 1371
Sir Robert Thorp 1371 1372
Sir John Knyvet 1372 1377
Adam Houghton, Bishop of St David's 1377 1378
The Lord Scrope of Bolton 1378 1380
Simon Sudbury, Archbishop of Canterbury 1380 1381
Hugh Segrave 1381 1381
William Courtenay, Bishop of Lincoln 1381 1381
The Lord Scrope of Bolton 1381 1382
Robert Braybrook, Bishop of London 1382 1383
The Earl of Suffolk 1383 1386
Thomas Arundel, Bishop of Ely 1386 1389
William Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester 1389 1391
Thomas Arundel, Archbishop of York 1391 1396
Edmund Stafford, Bishop of Exeter 1396 1399
Thomas Arundel, Archbishop of Canterbury 1399 1399
John Scarle, Archdeacon of Lincoln 1399 1401
Edmund Stafford, Bishop of Exeter 1401 1403
Henry Beaufort, Bishop of Lincoln 1403 1405
Thomas Langley, Dean of York 1405 1407
Thomas Arundel, Archbishop of Canterbury 1407 1410
Sir Thomas Beaufort
from 1411, the Earl of Dorset
1410 1412
Thomas Arundel, Archbishop of Canterbury 1412 1413
Henry Beaufort, Bishop of Winchester 1413 1417
Thomas Langley, Bishop of Durham 1417 1424
Henry Beaufort, Bishop of Winchester 1424 1426
John Kemp, Archbishop of York 1426 1432
John Stafford, Bishop of Bath and Wells
from 1443, Archbishop of Canterbury
1432 1450
John Kemp, Archbishop of York 1450 1454
The Earl of Salisbury 1454 1455
Thomas Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury 1455 1456
William Waynflete, Bishop of Winchester 1456 1460
George Neville, Bishop of Exeter 1460 1467
Robert Stillington, Bishop of Bath and Wells 1467 1470
George Neville, Archbishop of York 1470 1471
Robert Stillington, Bishop of Bath and Wells 1471 1473
Laurence Booth,
Bishop of Durham
1473 1475
John Alcock,
Bishop of Rochester
1475 1475
Thomas Rotheram,
Bishop of Lincoln
1475 1483
John Russell,
Bishop of Lincoln
1483 1 August 1485
Thomas Rotheram,
Archbishop of York
1 August 1485 22 August 1485 Lord Keeper
John Alcock,
Bishop of Worcester
22 August 1485 6 March 1486 later Bishop of Ely
John Morton,
Archbishop of Canterbury
6 March 1486 September 1500
Richard Nikke 16 September 1500 13 October 1500 Lord Keeper
Henry Deane,
Bishop of Salisbury
13 October 1500 27 July 1502 later Archbishop of Canterbury
William Barnes 27 July 1502 11 August 1502 Lord Keeper
William Warham,
Archbishop of Canterbury
11 August 1502 22 December 1515
Cardinal Wolsey,
Archbishop of York
22 December 1515 17 October 1529
Sir Thomas More 25 October 1529 20 May 1532

Sir Thomas Audley later
The Lord Audley of Walden

20 May 1532 22 April 1544 Lord Keeper to 26 January 1533

The Lord Wriothesley later
The Earl of Southampton

22 April 1544 25 March 1547 Lord Keeper to 3 May 1544
The Lord St John 25 March 1547 23 October 1547 Lord Keeper
The Lord Rich 23 October 1547 22 December 1551

Thomas Goodrich,
Bishop of Ely

22 December 1551 23 August 1553 Lord Keeper to 19 January 1552

Stephen Gardiner,
Bishop of Winchester

23 August 1553 12 November 1555

Nicholas Heath,
Archbishop of York

1 January 1556 18 November 1558
Sir Nicholas Bacon 22 December 1558 20 February 1579 Lord Keeper
Sir Thomas Bromley 26 April 1579 12 April 1587
Sir Christopher Hatton 29 April 1587 20 November 1591
in commission 22 November 1591 28 May 1592 Commissioners: The Lord Burghley, The Lord Hunsdon, The Lord Cobham, The Lord Buckhurst
Sir John Puckering 28 May 1592 30 April 1596 Lord Keeper

Sir Thomas Egerton later
The Lord Ellesmere later
The Viscount Brackley

6 May 1596 15 March 1617 Lord Keeper to 24 July 1603

Sir Francis Bacon later
The Lord Verulam later
The Viscount St. Albans

7 March 1617 1 May 1621 Lord Keeper to 4 January 1618
in commission 1 May 1621 10 July 1621 Commissioners: The Viscount Mandeville, The Duke of Lennox, The Earl of Arundel

John Williams,
Bishop of Lincoln

10 July 1621 30 October 1625 Lord Keeper

Sir Thomas Coventry later
The Lord Coventry

1 November 1625 13 January 1640 Lord Keeper
The Lord Finch 17 January 1640 19 January 1641 Lord Keeper
The Lord Lyttelton 19 January 1641 21 May 1642 Lord Keeper
Great Seal held by the King 21 May 1642 25 October 1645
Sir Richard Lane 25 October 1645 1650 Lord Keeper
Sir Edward Herbert 5 April 1653 June 1654 Lord Keeper

Sir Edward Hyde later
The Lord Hyde later
The Earl of Clarendon

13 January 1658 30 August 1667 Lord Keeper to 29 January 1658
Sir Orlando Bridgeman 30 August 1667 17 November 1672 Lord Keeper
The Earl of Shaftesbury 17 November 1672 9 November 1673

Sir Heneage Finch later The Lord Finch later
The Earl of Nottingham

9 November 1673 18 December 1682 Tory Lord Keeper to 19 December 1675

Sir Francis North later
The Lord Guilford

18 December 1682 5 September 1685 Tory Lord Keeper
The Lord Jeffreys 28 September 1685 December 1688 Tory
in commission 4 March 1689 23 March 1693 Commissioners: Sir John Maynard (1689-1690), Sir Anthony Keck (1689-1690), Sir William Rawlinson (1689-1693), Sir John Trevor (1690-1693), Sir George Hutchins (1690-1693)

Sir John Somers later
The Lord Somers

23 March 1693 5 May 1700 Whig Lord Keeper to 22 April 1697
in commission 5 May 1700 21 May 1700 Commissioners: Sir John Holt, Sir Robert Tracy, Sir Edward Ward, Sir John Trevor
Sir Nathan Wright 21 May 1700 11 October 1705 Tory Lord Keeper
The Lord Cowper 11 October 1705 25 September 1710 Whig Lord Keeper to 4 May 1707
in commission 25 September 1710 19 October 1710 Commissioners: Sir Thomas Trevor, Sir Robert Tracy, John Scrope
The Lord Harcourt 19 October 1710 21 September 1714 Tory Lord Keeper to 7 April 1713
The Lord Cowper 21 September 1714 18 April 1718 Whig
in commission 18 April 1718 12 May 1718 Commissioners: Sir Robert Tracy, Sir John Pratt, Sir James Montague

The Lord Parker later
The Earl of Macclesfield

12 May 1718 4 January 1725 Whig
in commission 7 January 1725 1 June 1725 Commissioners: Sir Joseph Jekyll, Sir Jeffrey Gilbert, Sir Robert Raymond
The Lord King 1 June 1725 29 November 1733 Whig
The Lord Talbot of Hensol 29 November 1733 21 February 1737 Whig

The Lord Hardwicke later
The Earl of Hardwicke

21 February 1737 9 November 1756 Whig
in commission 9 November 1756 20 June 1757 Commissioners: Sir John Willes, Sir Sidney Stafford Smythe, Sir John Eardley Wilmot

Sir Robert Henley later
The Lord Henley later
The Earl of Northington

20 June 1757 30 July 1766 Whig Lord Keeper to 16 January 1761
The Lord Camden 30 July 1766 17 January 1770 Whig
Charles Yorke 17 January 1770 20 January 1770 Whig would have been Lord Morden, but killed himself before he was so created
in commission 21 January 1770 23 January 1771 Commissioners: Sir Sidney Stafford Smythe, Henry Bathurst, Sir Richard Aston

The Lord Apsley later
The Earl Bathurst

23 January 1771 3 June 1778 Tory
The Lord Thurlow 3 June 1778 9 April 1783 Tory
in commission 9 April 1783 23 December 1783 Commissioners: The Lord Loughborough, Sir William Ashurst, Sir Beaumont Hotham
The Lord Thurlow 23 December 1783 15 June 1792 Tory
in commission 15 June 1792 28 January 1793 Commissioners: Sir James Eyre, Sir William Ashurst, Sir John Wilson
The Lord Loughborough 28 January 1793 14 April 1801 Tory
The Lord Eldon 14 April 1801 7 February 1806 Tory
The Lord Erskine 7 February 1806 1 April 1807 Whig

The Lord Eldon later
The Earl of Eldon

1 April 1807 2 May 1827 Tory
The Lord Lyndhurst 2 May 1827 22 November 1830 Tory
The Lord Brougham and Vaux 22 November 1830 14 November 1834 Whig
The Lord Lyndhurst 21 November 1834 8 April 1835 Tory
in commission 23 April 1835 16 1836 Sir Charles Pepys, Sir Lancelot Shadwell, Sir John Bosanquet
The Lord Cottenham 16 January 1836 30 August 1841 Whig
The Lord Lyndhurst 3 September 1841 27 June 1846 Conservative
The Lord Cottenham 30 June 1846 19 June 1850 Whig
in commission 19 June 1850 15 July 1850 Commissioners: The Lord Langdale, Sir Lancelot Shadwell, Sir Robert Monsey Rolfe
The Lord Truro 15 July 1850 21 February 1852 Whig
The Lord St. Leonards 27 February 1852 17 December 1852 Conservative
The Lord Cranworth 28 December 1852 21 February 1858 Whig
The Lord Chelmsford 26 February 1858 11 June 1859 Conservative
The Lord Campbell 18 June 1859 26 June 1861 Liberal
The Lord Westbury 26 June 1861 7 July 1865 Liberal
The Lord Cranworth 7 July 1865 26 June 1866 Liberal
The Lord Chelmsford 6 July 1866 29 February 1868 Conservative
The Lord Cairns 29 February 1868 1 December 1868 Conservative
The Lord Hatherley 9 December 1868 15 October 1872 Liberal
The Lord Selborne 15 October 1872 17 February 1874 Liberal

The Lord Cairns later
The Earl Cairns

21 February 1874 21 April 1880 Conservative

The Lord Selborne later
The Earl of Selborne

28 April 1880 9 June 1885 Liberal
The Lord Halsbury 24 June 1885 28 January 1886 Conservative
The Lord Herschell 6 February 1886 20 July 1886 Liberal
The Lord Halsbury 3 August 1886 11 August 1892 Conservative
The Lord Herschell 18 August 1892 21 June 1895 Liberal

The Lord Halsbury later
The Earl of Halsbury

29 June 1895 4 December 1905 Conservative/Unionist

The Lord Loreburn later
The Earl Loreburn

10 December 1905 10 June 1912 Liberal
The Viscount Haldane 10 June 1912 25 May 1915 Liberal
The Lord Buckmaster 25 May 1915 5 December 1916 Liberal
The Lord Finlay 10 December 1916 10 January 1919 Unionist
The Lord Birkenhead 10 January 1919 19 October 1922 Unionist
The Viscount Cave 24 October 1922 22 January 1924 Conservative
The Viscount Haldane 22 January 1924 3 November 1924 Labour
The Viscount Cave 6 November 1924 28 March 1928 Conservative
The Lord Hailsham 28 March 1928 4 June 1929 Conservative

The Lord Sankey later
The Viscount Sankey

7 June 1929 7 June 1935 Labour/National Labour
The Viscount Hailsham 7 June 1935 9 March 1938 Conservative
The Lord Maugham 9 March 1938 3 September 1939 Non-party
The Viscount Caldecote 3 September 1939 12 May 1940 Conservative
The Viscount Simon 12 May 1940 26 July 1945 National Liberal

The Lord Jowitt later
The Viscount Jowitt

27 July 1945 26 October 1951 Labour
The Lord Simonds 30 October 1951 18 October 1954 Conservative
The Viscount Kilmuir 18 October 1954 13 July 1962 Conservative
The Lord Dilhorne 13 July 1962 16 October 1964
The Lord Gardiner 16 October 1964 19 June 1970 Labour
The Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone June 1970 March 1974 Conservative
The Lord Elwyn-Jones March 1974 May 1979 Labour
The Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone May 1979 June 1987 Conservative
The Lord Havers June 1987 October 1987 Conservative
The Lord Mackay of Clashfern October 1987 May 1997 Conservative
The Lord Irvine of Lairg May 1997 June 2003 Labour
The Lord Falconer of Thoroton June 2003 27 June 2007 Labour
Jack Straw 28 June 2007 11 May 2010 Labour
Kenneth Clarke 12 May 2010 4 September 2012 Conservative
Chris Grayling 4 September 2012 9 May 2015 Conservative
Michael Gove 9 May 2015 Conservative

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