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Master-General of the Ordnance

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Name Entered office Left office Party Notes
Sir Thomas Seymour 18 April 1544 26 March 1547
Sir Philip Hoby 26 March 1547 11 May 1554
Sir Richard Southwell 11 May 1554 31 July 1559
Lord Ambrose Dudley
from 1561, the Earl of Warwick
12 April 1560 21 July 1585
The Earl of Warwick and Sir Philip Sidney 21 July 1585 17 October 1586
The Earl of Warwick 17 October 1586 21 February 1590
vacant 21 February 1590 19 March 1597
The Earl of Essex 19 March 1597 25 February 1601
vacant 25 February 1601 10 September 1603
The Earl of Devonshire 10 September 1603 3 April 1606
vacant 3 April 1606 27 June 1608
The Lord Carew
from 1626, the Earl of Totnes
27 June 1608 27 March 1629
The Lord Vere of Tilbury 27 March 1629 2 September 1634
The Earl of Newport 2 September 1634 16 August 1661
Sir William Compton 16 August 1661 18 October 1663
in commission 31 October 1664 4 June 1670
Sir Thomas Chicheley 4 June 1670 23 June 1679 Tory
in commission 23 June 1679 28 January 1682
George Legge
from 1682, the Lord Dartmouth
28 January 1682 18 April 1689 Tory
The Duke of Schomberg 18 April 1689 1 July 1690
vacant 1 July 1690 28 July 1693
The Viscount Sydney
from 1694, the Earl of Romney
28 July 1693 29 June 1702 Whig
The Earl of Marlborough
from December 1702, the Duke of Marlborough
29 June 1702 10 January 1712 Tory, initially, but later associated with the Whigs
The Earl Rivers 10 January 1712 18 April 1712 Tory
The Duke of Hamilton 5 September 15 November 1712 Tory
vacant 15 November 1712 4 October 1714
The Duke of Marlborough 4 October 1714 16 June 1722 Whig
The Earl Cadogan 30 June 1722 3 June 1725 Whig
The Duke of Argyll 3 June 1725 10 May 1740 Whig
The Duke of Montagu 10 May 1740 20 February 1742 Whig
The Duke of Argyll 20 February 1742 18 March 1742 Whig
The Duke of Montagu 18 March 1742 6 July 1749 Whig
vacant 6 July 1749 27 December 1755
The Duke of Marlborough 27 December 1755 20 October 1758 Whig
vacant 20 October 1758 3 July 1759
Sir John Ligonier 3 July 1759 30 April 1763 Whig
Marquess of Granby 30 April 1763 17 January 1770 Whig
vacant 17 January 1770 28 October 1772
The Viscount Townshend 28 October 1772 6 April 1782 Tory
The Duke of Richmond 6 April 1782 28 April 1783 Whig
The Viscount Townshend 28 April 1783 5 January 1784 Tory
The Duke of Richmond 5 January 1784 23 February 1795 Tory
The Marquess Cornwallis 23 February 1795 28 August 1801 Tory
The Earl of Chatham 28 August 1801 14 February 1806 Tory
The Earl of Moira 14 February 1806 4 April 1807 Whig
The Earl of Chatham 4 April 1807 5 May 1810 Tory
The Lord Mulgrave
from 1812, the Earl of Mulgrave
5 May 1810 1 January 1819 Tory
The Duke of Wellington 1 January 1819 10 May 1827 Tory
The Marquess of Anglesey 10 May 1827 6 February 1828 Tory
The Viscount Beresford 6 February 1828 22 November 1830 Tory
Sir James Kempt 11 December 1830 14 November 1834 Whig
Sir George Murray 18 December 1834 8 April 1835 Conservative
Sir Richard Hussey Vivian
from 1841, the Lord Vivian
4 May 1835 30 August 1841 Whig
Sir George Murray 9 September 1841 27 June 1846 Conservative
The Marquess of Anglesey 8 July 1846 21 February 1852 Whig
The Viscount Hardinge 1 March 1852 30 September 1852 Conservative
Lord Fitzroy Somerset
from October 1852, the Lord Raglan
30 September 1852 25 May 1855

The Ordnance Board was abolished in May 1855.

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