Shelburne Ministry

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This is a list of the principal holders of government office during the premiership of William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, July 1782 to April 1783.

On the fall of Lord North's ministry in March 1782, the Whig Lord Rockingham became Prime Minister for the second time. He died in office on 1 July that year, and the Home Secretary Lord Shelburne was asked to form a government. However, Charles James Fox and several other former Rockinghamites (including Cavendish and Burke) refused to serve under Shelburne and went into opposition. The Foxites allied with the supporters of Lord North to bring down the government, and the Fox-North Coalition came to power in April 1783. This government did not long survive the opposition of the King, and many of Shelburne's ministers came back to office under Pitt in December 1783, though Shelburne himself was consoled with the title Marquess of Lansdowne.


Members of the Cabinet are in bold face.

Office Name Date Notes
First Lord of the Treasury The Earl of Shelburne 14 July 1782
Chancellor of the Exchequer William Pitt 13 July 1782
Lord President of the Council The Lord Camden continued in office
Lord Chancellor The Lord Thurlow continued in office
Secretary of State for the Home Department Thomas Townshend 10 July 1782 created Baron Sydney 6 March 1783
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs The Lord Grantham 17 July 1782 also continued in office as First Lord of Trade
First Lord of the Admiralty The Viscount Keppel continued in office
The Viscount Howe 28 January 1783
Lord Privy Seal The Duke of Grafton continued in office
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster The Lord Ashburton continued in office
Master-General of the Ordnance The Duke of Richmond continued in office
Treasurer of the Navy Henry Dundas 19 August 1782
Secretary at War Sir George Yonge 11 July 1782
Paymaster of the Forces Isaac Barré 17 July 1782
Lord Steward of the Household The Duke of Rutland 14 February 1783
Commander-in-Chief of the Forces Henry Seymour Conway continued in office

Sources[edit]

  • Chris Cook and John Stevenson, British Historical Facts 1760-1830, Macmillan, 1980
Preceded by
Second Rockingham Ministry
British Government
July 1782–April 1783
Succeeded by
Fox-North Coalition