Second Salisbury ministry

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The Second Salisbury Ministry was formed in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland by the Marquess of Salisbury on 25 July 1886, after the 1886 general election.

Cabinets[edit]

August 1886 – January 1887[edit]

January 1887 – August 1892[edit]

Changes[edit]

  • February 1888; Sir Michael Hicks Beach succeeds Lord Stanley of Preston as President of the Board of Trade
  • September 1889; Henry Chaplin enters the Cabinet as President of the Board of Agriculture.
  • October 1891; Arthur James Balfour succeeds William Henry Smith (deceased) as First Lord of the Treasury and Leader of the House of Commons. William Lawies Jackson succeeds him as Irish Secretary.

List of Ministers[edit]

Office Name Date Notes
Prime Minister
and Leader of the House of Lords
The Marquess of Salisbury 25 July 1886 – 11 August 1892  
First Lord of the Treasury The Marquess of Salisbury 9 August 1886  
William Henry Smith 17 January 1887 also Leader of the House of Commons
Arthur Balfour October 1891 also Leader of the House of Commons
Chancellor of the Exchequer Lord Randolph Churchill 3 August 1886 also Leader of the House of Commons
George Goschen 14 January 1887
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury Aretas Akers-Douglas 3 August 1886  
Financial Secretary to the Treasury William Jackson 3 August 1886  
Sir John Eldon Gorst 9 November 1891
Junior Lords of the Treasury Sidney Herbert 9 August 1886 – 11 August 1892 William Walrond inherited a baronetcy in 1889
William Walrond 9 August 1886 – 11 August 1892
Sir Herbert Maxwell, Bt 9 August 1886 – 11 August 1892
Lord Chancellor The Lord Halsbury 3 August 1886  
Lord President of the Council The Viscount Cranbrook 3 August 1886  
Lord Privy Seal The Earl Cadogan 3 August 1886 entered the Cabinet April 1887
Secretary of State for the Home Department Henry Matthews 3 August 1886  
Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department Charles Stuart-Wortley 4 August 1886  
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs The Earl of Iddesleigh 3 August 1886  
The Marquess of Salisbury 14 January 1887
Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Sir James Fergusson, Bt 4 August 1886  
James Lowther 22 September 1891
Secretary of State for War William Henry Smith 3 August 1886  
Edward Stanhope 14 January 1887
Under-Secretary of State for War The Lord Harris 4 August 1886  
The Earl Brownlow 1 January 1890
Financial Secretary to the War Office St John Brodrick 4 August 1886  
Surveyor-General of the Ordnance Sir Henry Northcote, Bt 4 August 1886 office abolished 1888
Secretary of State for the Colonies Edward Stanhope 3 August 1886  
Sir Henry Holland, Bt 14 January 1887 created Baron Knutsford 23 February 1888
Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies The Earl of Dunraven 3 August 1886  
The Earl of Onslow 16 February 1887
Baron Henry de Worms 20 February 1888
Secretary of State for India The Viscount Cross 3 August 1886  
Under-Secretary of State for India Sir John Eldon Gorst 4 August 1886  
George Curzon 9 November 1891
First Lord of the Admiralty Lord George Hamilton 9 August 1886  
Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty Arthur Forwood 9 August 1886  
Civil Lord of the Admiralty Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett 9 August 1886  
President of the Board of Agriculture Henry Chaplin 9 September 1889  
Chief Secretary for Ireland Sir Michael Hicks Beach, Bt 5 August 1886  
Arthur Balfour 7 March 1887
William Jackson 9 November 1891
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland The Marquess of Londonderry 3 August 1886  
The Earl of Zetland 30 July 1889
Lord Chancellor of Ireland The Lord Ashbourne 3 August 1886  
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster The Viscount Cranbrook 3 August 1886  
Lord John Manners 16 August 1886 succeeded as 7th Duke of Rutland 4 March 1888
President of the Local Government Board Charles Ritchie 3 August 1886 entered the Cabinet April 1887
Parliamentary Secretary to the Local Government Board Walter Long 3 August 1886  
Minister without Portfolio Sir Michael Hicks Beach, Bt 7 March 1887 – 20 February 1888  
Secretary for Scotland Arthur Balfour 5 August 1886 entered the Cabinet November 1886
The Marquess of Lothian 11 March 1887  
President of the Board of Trade Sir Frederick Stanley 3 August 1886 created Lord Stanley of Preston 27 August 1886
Sir Michael Hicks Beach, Bt 21 February 1888  
Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade Baron Henry de Worms 4 August 1886  
The Earl of Onslow 21 February 1888
The Lord Balfour of Burleigh 1 January 1889
Vice-President of the Committee on Education Sir Henry Holland, Bt 3 August 1886  
Sir William Hart Dyke, Bt 25 January 1887
Paymaster-General The Earl Beauchamp 19 August 1886  
The Earl Brownlow March 1887
The Earl of Jersey 1889
The Lord Windsor December 1890
Postmaster-General Henry Cecil Raikes 19 August 1886  
Sir James Fergusson, Bt 21 September 1891
First Commissioner of Works David Robert Plunket 5 August 1886  
Attorney General Sir Richard Webster 5 August 1886  
Solicitor General Sir Edward Clarke 6 August 1886  
Judge Advocate General William Thackeray Marriott 9 August 1886  
Lord Advocate John Macdonald 6 August 1886  
James Robertson 27 October 1888
vacant 20 August 1891
Sir Charles Pearson 1 October 1891
Solicitor General for Scotland James Robertson 6 August 1886  
Moir Tod Stormonth Darling 27 October 1888
Sir Charles Pearson 31 October 1890
Andrew Murray 1 October 1891
Attorney General for Ireland Hugh Holmes August 1886  
John George Gibson 1887
Peter O'Brien 1888
Dodgson Hamilton Madden 1890
Solicitor General for Ireland John George Gibson August 1886  
Dodgson Hamilton Madden 1888
John Atkinson 1890
Edward Carson June 1892
Lord Steward of the Household The Earl of Mount Edgcumbe 16 August 1886  
Lord Chamberlain of the Household The Earl of Lathom 5 August 1886  
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household Viscount Lewisham 5 August 1886  
Lord Burghley 24 November 1891
Master of the Horse The Duke of Portland 9 August 1886  
Treasurer of the Household Viscount Folkestone 5 August 1886 succeeded as 5th Earl of Radnor 11 March 1889
Lord Walter Gordon-Lennox 20 November 1891  
Comptroller of the Household Lord Arthur Hill 5 August 1886  
Captain of the Gentlemen-at-Arms The Viscount Barrington 5 August 1886  
The Earl of Rosslyn 24 November 1886
The Earl of Yarborough 11 August 1890
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard The Earl of Kintore 5 August 1886  
The Earl of Limerick 29 January 1889
Master of the Buckhounds The Earl of Coventry 16 August 1886  
Mistress of the Robes The Duchess of Buccleuch 5 August 1886  
Lords in Waiting The Earl of Onslow 5 August 1886 – 21 February 1887  
The Earl of Limerick 5 August 1886 – 29 January 1889
The Lord Henniker 5 August 1886 – 11 August 1892
The Earl of Hopetoun 5 August 1886 – 12 August 1889
The Lord Elphinstone 5 August 1886 – 11 August 1892
The Lord de Ros 5 August 1886 – 11 August 1892
The Earl Waldegrave 5 August 1886 – 11 August 1892
The Lord Balfour of Burleigh 21 February 1887 – 18 March 1889
The Earl of Romney 5 February 1889 – 11 August 1892
The Viscount Torrington 18 March 1889 – 20 October 1889
The Lord Churchill 12 August 1889 – 11 August 1892
The Lord de Ramsey 10 March 1890 – 11 August 1892
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
Third Gladstone Ministry
Government of the United Kingdom
1886–1892
Succeeded by
Liberal Government 1892–1895