First Salisbury ministry

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The First Salisbury Ministry was formed by the Marquess of Salisbury in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in July of 1885, and lasted until February 1886.

Cabinet[edit]

July 1885 - February 1886[edit]

OFFICE NAME TERM
Foreign Secretary
Leader of the House of Lords
The Marquess of Salisbury July 1885–February 1886
First Lord of the Treasury The Earl of Iddesleigh July 1885–February 1886
Lord Chancellor The Lord Halsbury July 1885–February 1886
Lord President of the Council The Viscount Cranbrook July 1885–February 1886
Lord Privy Seal The Earl of Harrowby July 1885–February 1886
Home Secretary Sir Richard Cross July 1885–February 1886
Secretary of State for the Colonies Sir Frederick Stanley July 1885–February 1886
Secretary of State for War William Henry Smith July 1885–January 1886
  The Viscount Cranbrook January 1886–February 1886
Secretary of State for India Lord Randolph Churchill July 1885–February 1886
First Lord of the Admiralty Lord George Hamilton July 1885–February 1886
Chancellor of the Exchequer
Leader of the House of Commons
Sir Michael Hicks-Beach, Bt July 1885–February 1886
President of the Board of Trade The Duke of Richmond July 1885–August 1885
  Edward Stanhope August 1885–February 1886
Chief Secretary for Ireland William Henry Smith January 1886–February 1886
Postmaster-General The Lord John Manners July 1885–February 1886
Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland The Earl of Carnarvon July 1885–January 1886
  in commission January 1886–February 1886
Lord Chancellor of Ireland The Lord Ashbourne July 1885–February 1886
Secretary for Scotland The Duke of Richmond July 1885–February 1886
Vice President of the Council Edward Stanhope July 1885–August 1885
  not a cabinet post August 1885–February 1886


Notes[edit]

Changes[edit]

  • August, 1885: The Duke of Richmond becomes Secretary for Scotland. Edward Stanhope succeeds him at the Board of Trade. Stanhope's successor as Vice President of the Council is not in the Cabinet.
  • January, 1886: The Lord-Lieutenantship of Ireland is put into commission. William Henry Smith becomes Chief Secretary for Ireland. Lord Cranbrook succeeds him as Secretary for War, while remaining Lord President.

List of Ministers[edit]

Cabinet members are listed in bold face.

Office Name Date Notes
Prime Minister
and Leader of the House of Lords
The Marquess of Salisbury 23 June 1885 – 28 January 1886  
First Lord of the Treasury The Earl of Iddesleigh 24 June 1885  
Chancellor of the Exchequer
and Leader of the House of Commons
Sir Michael Hicks-Beach, Bt 24 June 1885  
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury Aretas Akers-Douglas 24 June 1885  
Financial Secretary to the Treasury Sir Henry Holland, Bt 24 June 1885  
Sir Matthew White Ridley, Bt  
William Jackson  
Junior Lords of the Treasury Charles Dalrymple 29 June 1885 – 28 January 1886  
Sidney Herbert 29 June 1885 – 28 January 1886
William Walrond 29 June 1885 – 28 January 1886
Lord Chancellor The Lord Halsbury 24 June 1885  
Lord President of the Council The Viscount Cranbrook 24 June 1885  
Lord Privy Seal The Earl of Harrowby 24 June 1885  
Secretary of State for the Home Department Sir R. A. Cross 24 June 1885  
Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department Charles Stuart-Wortley 30 June 1885  
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs The Marquess of Salisbury 24 June 1885  
Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Robert Bourke 25 June 1885  
Secretary of State for War William Henry Smith 24 June 1885  
Under-Secretary of State for War Viscount Bury 26 June 1885  
Financial Secretary to the War Office Henry Northcote 26 June 1885  
Surveyor-General of the Ordnance Guy Dawnay 27 June 1885  
Secretary of State for the Colonies Frederick Stanley 24 June 1885  
Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies The Earl of Dunraven 24 June 1885  
Secretary of State for India Lord Randolph Churchill 24 June 1885  
Under-Secretary of State for India The Lord Harris 25 June 1885  
First Lord of the Admiralty Lord George Hamilton 24 June 1885  
Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty Charles Ritchie 1 July 1885  
Civil Lord of the Admiralty Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett 1 July 1885  
Vice-President of the Committee on Education Edward Stanhope 24 June 1885  
Sir Henry Holland, Bt 17 September 1885
Chief Secretary for Ireland Sir William Hart Dyke, Bt 25 June 1885  
William Henry Smith 23 January 1886
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland The Earl of Carnarvon 27 June 1885  
Lord Chancellor of Ireland The Lord Ashbourne 27 June 1885  
Postmaster-General Lord John Manners 24 June 1885  
Secretary for Scotland The Duke of Richmond 17 August 1885  
President of the Board of Trade The Duke of Richmond 24 June 1885  
Edward Stanhope 19 August 1885
Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade Baron Henry de Worms 24 June 1885  
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Henry Chaplin 24 June 1885  
President of the Local Government Board Arthur Balfour 24 June 1885  
Parliamentary Secretary to the Local Government Board The Earl Brownlow 24 June 1885  
Paymaster-General The Earl Beauchamp 24 June 1885  
First Commissioner of Works David Robert Plunket 24 June 1885  
Attorney General Sir Richard Webster 27 July 1885  
Solicitor General John Eldon Gorst 2 July 1885  
Judge Advocate General William Thackeray Marriott 13 July 1885  
Lord Advocate John Hay Macdonald 2 July 1885  
Solicitor General for Scotland James Robertson 2 July 1885  
Attorney General for Ireland Hugh Holmes 3 July 1885  
Solicitor General for Ireland John Munroe 3 July 1885  
John George Gibson 1885
Lord Steward of the Household The Earl of Mount Edgcumbe 27 June 1885  
Lord Chamberlain of the Household The Earl of Lathom 27 June 1885  
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household Viscount Lewisham 27 June 1885  
Master of the Horse The Earl of Bradford 1 July 1885  
Treasurer of the Household Viscount Folkestone 27 June 1885  
Comptroller of the Household Lord Arthur Hill 27 June 1885  
Captain of the Gentlemen-at-Arms The Earl of Coventry 6 July 1885  
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard The Viscount Barrington 27 June 1885  
Master of the Buckhounds The Marquess of Waterford 27 June 1885  
Mistress of the Robes The Duchess of Buccleuch 27 June 1885  
Lords in Waiting The Lord de Ros 27 June 1885 – 28 January 1886  
The Earl of Kintore 27 June 1885 – 28 January 1886
The Viscount Hawarden 27 June 1885 – 28 January 1886
The Lord Henniker 27 June 1885 – 28 January 1886
The Earl of Hopetoun 27 June 1885 – 28 January 1886
The Lord Elphinstone 27 June 1885 – 28 January 1886
The Lord Boston 6 July 1885 – 28 January 1886
Extra Lord in Waiting The Lord Sackville 1 October 1876 – 1 October 1888  

References[edit]

C. Cook and B. Keith, British Historical Facts 1830-1900

Preceded by
Second Gladstone Ministry
Government of the United Kingdom
1885–1886
Succeeded by
Third Gladstone Ministry