Clerk of the Privy Council (United Kingdom)

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The Clerk of the Privy Council is a civil servant in the government of the United Kingdom. He or she is the most senior civil servant in the Privy Council Office.

The office is less powerful than its Canadian equivalent; unlike the Canadian Clerk of the Privy Council, the British Clerk is not the ex officio head of the Civil Service (these functions are performed by a separate Cabinet Secretary).[1]

Clerks in Ordinary 1540–present[edit]

Date One Two Three Four
10 August 1540 William Paget
23 April 1543 John Mason William Honnyng
17 November 1545 William Honnyng vacant
18 December 1545 Sir Thomas Chaloner
March 1547 Thomas Smith
10 May 1548 Armagil Wade
20 May 1550 Armagil Wade William Thomas
24 September 1551 Bernard Hampton
12 May 1552 William Thomas Bernard Hampton
19 July 1553 vacant vacant
30 July 1553 Francis Allen William Smith
1567 vacant
29 April 1571 Edmund Tremayne
6 July 1572 Robert Beale
12 October 1576 Sir Thomas Wilkes
7 October 1584 Sir William Wade
2 January 1594 Sir Anthony Ashley
21 April 1598 Sir Thomas Smith
18 June 1601 Sir Thomas Edmondes
25 May 1608 Sir Ralph Winwood John Corbett
7 September 1609 Sir Clement Edmondes
27 November 1609 vacant
22 July 1610 Sir George Calvert
7 December 1611
24 September 1613 Francis Cottington
24 February 1614 William Trumbull
February 1619 Albertus Morton
7 November 1622 John Dickenson
11 December 1622 Sir Thomas Meautys
24 January 1623 Sir William Beecher
9 October 1635 Edward Nicholas
26 May 1636 Sir Dudley Carleton
27 January 1641 Richard Browne
Date One Two Three Four
14 May 1649 Sir Edward Walker vacant vacant vacant
18 November 1656 Sir George Lane
27 October 1658 Sir John Nicholas
22 June 1660 Sir Richard Browne
23 September 1664 Sir Robert Southwell
24 January 1672 Sir Joseph Williamson
16 September 1674 Sir Philip Lloyd
21 February 1677 Sir Thomas Doleman
5 December 1679 Francis Gwyn
16 January 1685 William Bridgeman Philip Musgrave
6 February 1685 vacant
22 October 1686 William Bridgeman William Blathwayt
11 December 1688 vacant vacant
21 February 1689 Charles Montagu Richard Coling
24 March 1692 John Dyves
12 January 1693 William Bridgeman
27 July 1697 John Povey
18 May 1699 Edward Southwell
11 January 1705 Christopher Musgrave
2 November 1710 Sir Christopher Musgrave
12 May 1715 James Vernon
26 March 1716 Robert Hales
23 October 1717 Abraham Stanyan
3 February 1720 Temple Stanyan
22 May 1729 Walter Carey
11 February 1731 William Sharpe
21 April 1752 Gilbert West
14 April 1756 Henry Fane
6 May 1756 William Blair
19 May 1757 Francis Vernon
22 April 1762 Philip Sharpe
23 June 1764 Hon. Robert Walpole
11 September 1767 Sir Stephen Cotterell
4 December 1772 Sir George Chetwynd
1 January 1779 William Fawkener
25 August 1786 Grey Elliott
June 1787
19 April 1810 abolished
8 August 1810 The Viscount Chetwynd
19 August 1811 James Buller
20 March 1821 Charles Greville
24 March 1824 abolished
15 December 1830 Hon. William Bathurst
May 1859 abolished
  • June 1860: Sir Arthur Helps
  • 17 March 1875: Charles Lennox Peel[2]
  • 9 August 1898: Sir Almeric FitzRoy[3]
  • 31 May 1923: Sir Maurice Hankey[4]
  • 1 August 1938: Sir Rupert Howorth[5]
  • 1942: Sir Eric Leadbitter
  • 30 June 1951: Francis Ford Fernau
  • 1953: Sir Godfrey Agnew
  • 1974: Sir Neville Leigh
  • c.1984: Sir Geoffrey de Deney
  • 1992: Sir Nigel Nicholls
  • 1996: Robert Bulling (acting)
  • 1998: Alex Galloway
  • 2007: Judith Simpson
  • 2012: Richard Tilbrook

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Comparisons between UK and Canadian Government: The Role of the Clerk of the Privy Council
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 24192. p. 1685. 19 March 1875. Retrieved 2009-04-04.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 26995. p. 4844. 12 August 1898. Retrieved 2009-04-04.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 32829. p. 3834. 1 June 1923. Retrieved 2009-04-04.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 34536. p. 4875. 29 July 1938. Retrieved 2009-04-04.