First Peel ministry

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Sir Robert Peel's first government succeeded the caretaker ministry of the Duke of Wellington. Peel was also Chancellor of the Exchequer while the Duke of Wellington served as Foreign Secretary. A young William Ewart Gladstone held office as a Junior Lord of the Treasury, his first governmental post in a ministerial career that would span for the next sixty years.

The Peel ministry was a minority government, and relied on Whig support. However, this the Whigs felt disinclined to give, joining with the Irish radicals to defeat the Conservatives at every turn. After a reign of only four months, the government felt obliged to resign, whereupon the Whig leader Lord Melbourne formed his second government.

Cabinet[edit]

December 1834 - April 1835[edit]

OFFICE NAME TERM
First Lord of the Treasury
Chancellor of the Exchequer
Leader of the House of Commons
Sir Robert Peel, Bt December 1834–April 1835
Lord Chancellor The Lord Lyndhurst December 1834–April 1835
Lord President of the Council The Earl of Rosslyn December 1834–April 1835
Lord Privy Seal The Lord Wharncliffe December 1834–April 1835
Home Secretary Henry Goulburn December 1834–April 1835
Foreign Secretary
Leader of the House of Lords
The Duke of Wellington December 1834–April 1835
Secretary of State for War and the Colonies The Earl of Aberdeen December 1834–April 1835
First Lord of the Admiralty The Earl de Grey December 1834–April 1835
Master-General of the Ordnance Sir George Murray December 1834–April 1835
President of the Board of Trade
Master of the Mint
Alexander Baring December 1834–April 1835
President of the Board of Control The Lord Ellenborough December 1834–April 1835
Paymaster of the Forces Sir Edward Knatchbull, Bt December 1834–April 1835
Secretary at War John Charles Herries December 1834–April 1835


List of Ministers[edit]

Members of the Cabinet are indicated by bold face.

Office Name Date Notes
Prime Minister,
First Lord of the Treasury
and Leader of the House of Commons
Sir Robert Peel, Bt 10 December 1834 – 8 April 1835  
Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir Robert Peel, Bt 10 December 1834  
Financial Secretary to the Treasury Sir Thomas Fremantle, Bt 20 December 1834  
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury Sir George Clerk 19 December 1834  
Junior Lords of the Treasury William Yates Peel 26 December 1834 – 8 April 1835  
Earl of Lincoln 26 December 1834 – 8 April 1835
Viscount Stormont 26 December 1834 – 8 April 1835
Charles Ross 26 December 1834 – 8 April 1835
William Ewart Gladstone 26 December 1834 – 27 January 1835
John Iltyd Nicholl 14 March 1835 – 8 April 1835
Lord Chancellor The Lord Lyndhurst 21 November 1834  
Lord President of the Council The Earl of Rosslyn 15 December 1834  
Lord Privy Seal The Lord Wharncliffe 15 December 1834  
Secretary of State for the Home Department Henry Goulburn 15 December 1834  
Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department William Gregson 3 January 1835  
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
and Leader of the House of Lords
The Duke of Wellington 17 November 1834  
Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Viscount Mahon 17 December 1834
Secretary of State for War and the Colonies The Earl of Aberdeen 20 December 1834  
Under-Secretary of State for War and the Colonies John Stuart-Wortley 20 December 1834  
William Ewart Gladstone 27 January 1835
First Lord of the Admiralty The Earl de Grey 22 December 1834  
First Secretary of the Admiralty George Robert Dawson 24 December 1834  
Civil Lord of the Admiralty Lord Ashley 22 December 1834  
President of the Board of Control The Lord Ellenborough 18 December 1834  
Secretary of the Board of Control Winthrop Mackworth Praed 20 December 1834 – 8 April 1835 Joint Secretaries from 8 January 1835
Sidney Herbert 8 January 1835 – 8 April 1835
Master-General of the Ordnance Sir George Murray 18 December 1834  
Treasurer of the Ordnance Thomas Creevey continued in office  
Alexander Perceval 12 January 1835  
Surveyor-General of the Ordnance Lord Edward Somerset 22 December 1834  
Clerk of the Ordnance Sir Edward Owen 22 December 1834  
Storekeeper of the Ordnance Francis Robert Bonham 22 December 1834  
Paymaster of the Forces Sir Edward Knatchbull, Bt 23 December 1834  
President of the Board of Trade Alexander Baring 15 December 1834  
Vice-President of the Board of Trade Viscount Lowther 20 December 1834  
Secretary at War J. C. Herries 16 December 1834  
Chief Secretary for Ireland Sir Henry Hardinge 16 December 1834  
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland The Earl of Haddington 1 January 1835  
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Charles Watkin Williams-Wynn 26 December 1834  
Master of the Mint Alexander Baring 23 December 1834  
Treasurer of the Navy Viscount Lowther 22 December 1834  
Postmaster-General The Lord Maryborough 23 December 1834  
First Commissioner of Woods and Forests Lord Granville Somerset 23 December 1834  
Attorney General Sir Frederick Pollock, Bt 17 December 1834  
Solicitor General Sir William Webb Follett 20 December 1834  
Judge Advocate General Sir John Beckett, Bt 18 December 1834  
Lord Advocate Sir William Rae, Bt 19 December 1834  
Solicitor General for Scotland Duncan McNeill 7 January 1835  
Attorney General for Ireland vacant    
Solicitor General for Ireland Edward Pennefather 27 January 1835  
Lord Steward of the Household The Earl of Wilton 2 January 1835  
Lord Chamberlain of the Household The Earl of Jersey 15 December 1834  
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household Viscount Castlereagh 29 December 1834  
Master of the Horse The Duke of Dorset 1 January 1835  
Treasurer of the Household Sir William Henry Fremantle 27 May 1826 continued in office
Comptroller of the Household Henry Lowry-Corry 29 December 1834  
Captain of the Gentlemen-at-Arms Viscount Hereford 29 December 1834  
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard The Earl of Courtown 5 January 1835  
Master of the Buckhounds The Earl of Chesterfield 30 December 1834  

References[edit]

  • C. Cook and B. Keith, British Historical Facts 1830-1900
Preceded by
Wellington caretaker ministry
Government of the United Kingdom
1834–1835
Succeeded by
Second Melbourne Ministry