Liberal Government 1892–95

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In the 1892 general election, the Conservative Party, led by Lord Salisbury, won the most seats but not an overall majority. As a result, William Ewart Gladstone's Liberal Party formed a minority government that relied upon Irish Nationalist support. On 3 March 1894, Gladstone resigned over the rejection of his Home Rule Bill, and the Earl of Rosebery succeeded him.

Cabinets[edit]

Gladstone’s Cabinet, August 1892 – February 1894[edit]

The Earl of Rosebery’s Cabinet, March 1894 – June 1895[edit]

Changes[edit]

  • May 1894: James Bryce succeeds A.J. Mundella at the Board of Trade. Lord Tweedmouth succeeds Bryce at the Duchy of Lancaster, remaining also Lord Privy Seal.

List of Ministers[edit]

Cabinet members are listed in bold face.

Office Name Date Notes
Prime Minister
and First Lord of the Treasury
William Ewart Gladstone 15 August 1892 – 2 March 1894 also Leader of the House of Commons
The Earl of Rosebery 5 March 1894 – 21 June 1895 also Leader of the House of Lords
Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir William Vernon Harcourt 18 August 1892 also Leader of the House of Commons 1894–1895
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury Edward Marjoribanks 18 August 1892 succeeded as 2nd Baron Tweedmouth 4 March 1894
T. E. Ellis 10 March 1894  
Financial Secretary to the Treasury Sir John Tomlinson Hibbert 18 August 1892  
Junior Lords of the Treasury T. E. Ellis 22 August 1892 – 21 June 1895  
Richard Causton 22 August 1892 – 21 June 1895
William Alexander McArthur 22 August 1892 – 21 June 1895
Lord Chancellor The Lord Herschell 18 August 1892  
Lord President of the Council The Earl of Kimberley 18 August 1892 also Leader of the House of Lords 18 August 1892 – 5 March 1894
The Earl of Rosebery 10 March 1894
Lord Privy Seal William Ewart Gladstone 20 August 1892  
The Lord Tweedmouth 10 March 1894
Secretary of State for the Home Department H. H. Asquith 18 August 1892  
Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department Herbert Gladstone 19 August 1892  
George W. E. Russell 12 March 1894
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs The Earl of Rosebery 18 August 1892  
The Earl of Kimberley 11 March 1894
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Sir Edward Grey 19 August 1892  
Secretary of State for War Henry Campbell-Bannerman 18 August 1892  
Under-Secretary of State for War The Lord Sandhurst 22 August 1892  
The Lord Monkswell 5 January 1895
Financial Secretary to the War Office William Woodall 22 August 1892  
Secretary of State for the Colonies The Marquess of Ripon 18 August 1892  
Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies Sydney Buxton 18 August 1892  
Secretary of State for India The Earl of Kimberley 18 August 1892  
Henry Fowler 10 March 1894
Under-Secretary of State for India George W. E. Russell 19 August 1892  
The Lord Reay 11 March 1894
First Lord of the Admiralty The Earl Spencer 19 August 1892  
Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty Sir Ughtred Kay-Shuttleworth 19 August 1892  
Civil Lord of the Admiralty Edmund Robertson 25 August 1892  
Vice-President of the Committee on Education Arthur Dyke Acland 25 August 1892  
Chief Secretary for Ireland John Morley 22 August 1892  
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland The Lord Houghton 18 August 1892  
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster James Bryce 18 August 1892  
The Lord Tweedmouth 28 May 1894
President of the Local Government Board Henry Fowler 18 August 1892  
George Shaw-Lefevre 1894
Postmaster-General Arnold Morley 18 August 1892  
Secretary for Scotland Sir George Trevelyan, Bt 18 August 1892  
President of the Board of Trade A. J. Mundella 18 August 1892  
James Bryce 28 May 1894
Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade Thomas Burt 18 August 1892  
First Commissioner of Works George Shaw-Lefevre 18 August 1892  
Herbert Gladstone 10 March 1894
President of the Board of Agriculture Herbert Gardner 25 August 1892  
Paymaster-General Charles Seale-Hayne 18 August 1892  
Attorney General Sir Charles Russell 20 August 1892  
Sir John Rigby 3 May 1894
Sir Robert Threshie Reid 24 October 1894
Solicitor General Sir John Rigby 20 August 1892  
Sir Robert Threshie Reid 3 May 1894
Sir Frank Lockwood 28 October 1894
Judge Advocate General Sir Francis Jeune 31 December 1892  
Lord Advocate John Balfour 20 August 1892  
Solicitor General for Scotland Alexander Asher 20 August 1892  
Thomas Shaw 22 March 1894
Attorney General for Ireland The Macdermot August 1892  
Solicitor General for Ireland Charles Hemphill August 1892  
Lord Steward of the Household The Marquess of Breadalbane 25 August 1892  
Lord Chamberlain of the Household The Lord Carrington 25 August 1892  
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household Charles Spencer 25 August 1892  
Master of the Horse The Viscount Oxenbridge 25 August 1892  
The Earl of Cork 19 March 1894
Treasurer of the Household The Earl of Chesterfield 25 August 1892  
Arthur Brand 13 March 1894
Comptroller of the Household George Leveson-Gower 25 August 1892  
Captain of the Gentlemen-at-Arms The Lord Vernon 25 August 1892  
The Earl of Chesterfield 13 March 1894
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard The Lord Kensington 25 August 1892  
Master of the Buckhounds The Lord Ribblesdale 25 August 1892  
Mistress of the Robes vacant  
Lords in Waiting The Lord Acton 19 September 1892 – 21 June 1895  
The Lord Camoys 19 September 1892 – 21 June 1895
The Lord Hamilton of Dalzell 19 September 1892 – 1 May 1894
The Lord Monkswell 19 September 1892 – 4 February 1895
The Lord Wolverton 19 September 1892 – 14 June 1893
The Lord Playfair 26 November 1892 – 21 June 1895
The Lord Brassey 14 June 1893 – 21 June 1895
Viscount Drumlanrig 1 July 1893 – 18 October 1894
The Lord Hawkesbury 1 May 1894 – 21 June 1895
The Earl of Buckinghamshire 17 January 1895 – 21 June 1895
The Earl Granville 4 February 1895 – 21 June 1895

References[edit]

  • D. Butler and G. Butler (ed.). Twentieth Century British Political Facts 1900–2000. 
Preceded by
Second Salisbury ministry
British Government
1892–1895
Succeeded by
Third Salisbury ministry