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The Duke of Wellington

The Duke of Wellington, a member of the Tory Party, served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1828 until 1830.

Formation[edit]

The Duke of Wellington finally came to power after the abortive attempt at a Canningite-Whig coalition government came to an end with Lord Goderich's resignation in January 1828. The government included several men from the previous administration, but four of the most important, Lords Dudley and Palmerston and Messrs Huskisson and Grant, resigned in May 1828.

Fate[edit]

The Duke oversaw the introduction of Catholic Emancipation, but remained resolutely opposed to parliamentary reform, and as a result lost a vote of no confidence on 15 November 1830. The Whigs under Lord Grey then formed the government which was to pass the Great Reform Act.

Cabinet[edit]

January 1828 - November 1830[edit]

OFFICE NAME TERM
First Lord of the Treasury
Leader of the House of Lords
The Duke of Wellington January 1828 – November 1830
Lord Chancellor The Lord Lyndhust January 1828 – November 1830
Lord President of the Council The Earl Bathurst January 1828 – November 1830
Lord Privy Seal The Lord Ellenborough January 1828 – June 1829
The Earl of Rosslyn June 1829 – November 1830
Chancellor of the Exchequer Henry Goulburn January 1828 – November 1830
Home Secretary
Leader of the House of Commons
Robert Peel January 1828 – November 1830
Foreign Secretary The Earl of Dudley January 1828 – June 1828
The Earl of Aberdeen June 1828 – November 1830
Secretary of State for War and the Colonies William Huskisson January 1828 – May 1828
Sir George Murray May 1828 – November 1830
First Lord of the Admiralty The Viscount Melville September 1828 – November 1830
Master-General of the Ordnance Marquess of Anglesey January 1828 – April 1828
The Viscount Beresford April 1828 – November 1830
President of the Board of Trade Charles Grant January 1828 – June 1828
William Vesey-Fitzgerald June 1828 – February 1830
John Charles Herries February 1830 – November 1830
President of the Board of Control Charles Watkin Williams-Wynn January 1828 – July 1828
The Viscount Melville July 1828 – September 1828
The Lord Ellenborough September 1828 – November 1830
Master of the Mint John Charles Herries January 1828 – November 1830
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster The Earl of Aberdeen January 1828 – June 1828
Charles Arbuthnot June 1828 – November 1830
First Commissioner of Woods and Forests Charles Arbuthnot February 1828 – June 1828
Viscount Lowther June 1828 – November 1830
Paymaster of the Forces William Vesey-Fitzgerald January 1828 – July 1828
John Calcraft July 1828 – November 1830
Secretary at War Viscount Palmerston January 1828 – May 1828
Sir Henry Hardinge May 1828 – July 1830
Lord Francis Leveson-Gower July 1830 – November 1830


Full 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 Lords
The Duke of Wellington 22 January 1828  
Chancellor of the Exchequer Henry Goulburn 22 January 1828  
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury Joseph Planta continued in office  
Financial Secretary to the Treasury George Robert Dawson 28 January 1828  
Junior Lords of the Treasury Lord Granville Somerset 26 January 1828 – 24 November 1830  
Earl of Mount Charles 26 January 1828 – 24 April 1830
Lord Eliot 26 January 1828 – 24 November 1830
Edmund Alexander Macnaghten 26 January 1828–24 July 1830
George Bankes 24 April 1830 – 24 November 1830
William Yates Peel 24 July 1830 – 24 November 1830
Lord President of the Council The Earl Bathurst 26 January 1828  
Lord Chancellor The Lord Lyndhurst continued in office  
Secretary of State for the Home Department and Leader of the House of Commons Robert Peel 26 January 1828  
Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department Thomas Spring Rice continued in office  
William Yates Peel 5 April 1828  
Sir George Clerk, Bt 5 August 1830  
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs The Earl of Dudley continued in office  
The Earl of Aberdeen 2 June 1828  
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs The Lord Howard de Walden continued in office  
Lord Dunglass 28 June 1828  
Secretary of State for War and the Colonies William Huskisson continued in office  
Sir George Murray 30 May 1828  
Under-Secretary of State for War and the Colonies Lord Francis Leveson-Gower 26 January 1828  
Horace Twiss 30 May 1828  
President of the Board of Trade Charles Grant continued in office  
William Vesey-Fitzgerald 11 June 1828  
John Charles Herries 2 February 1830  
Vice-President of the Board of Trade Thomas Frankland Lewis 5 February 1828  
Thomas Peregrine Courtenay 30 May 1828  
President of the Board of Control Charles Watkin Williams-Wynn continued in office  
The Viscount Melville 31 July 1828  
The Lord Ellenborough 24 September 1828  
Secretary to the Board of Control Thomas Peregrine Courtenay continued in office  
George Bankes 2 May 1829  
John Stuart-Wortley 16 February 1830  
Lord High Admiral The Duke of Clarence continued in office office put into commission 19 September 1828
First Lord of the Admiralty The Viscount Melville 17 September 1828  
First Secretary to the Admiralty John Wilson Croker continued in office  
Civil Lords of the Admiralty Sir George Clerk 19 September 1828 – 31 July 1830  
Earl of Brecknock 19 September 1828 – 15 July 1829
Viscount Castlereagh 15 July 1829 – 25 November 1830
Charles Ross 31 July 1830 – 25 November 1830
Lord Privy Seal The Lord Ellenborough 26 January 1828  
The Earl of Rosslyn 10 June 1829  
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster The Earl of Aberdeen 26 January 1828  
Charles Arbuthnot 2 June 1828  
Master-General of the Ordnance The Marquess of Anglesey continued in office  
The Viscount Beresford 28 April 1828  
Lieutenant-General of the Ordnance Sir William Henry Clinton continued in office  
Lord Edward Somerset 8 July 1829 office vacant after 1830
Treasurer of the Ordnance William Holmes continued in office  
Surveyor-General of the Ordnance Sir Herbert Taylor 24 March 1828  
Sir Henry Fane 3 April 1829  
Clerk of the Ordnance Sir George Clerk continued in office  
Spencer Perceval 4 August 1828  
Clerk of the Deliveries of the Ordnance Hon. Edmund Phipps continued in office office abolished in 1830
Storekeeper of the Ordnance Mark Singleton continued in office  
Frederick William French 4 June 1829  
Treasurer of the Navy William Vesey-Fitzgerald 25 February 1828  
Secretary at War Viscount Palmerston continued in office  
Sir Henry Hardinge 31 May 1828  
Lord Francis Leveson-Gower 30 July 1830  
Master of the Mint John Charles Herries 12 February 1828  
Chief Secretary for Ireland William Lamb continued in office  
Lord Francis Leveson-Gower 21 June 1828  
Sir Henry Hardinge 30 July 1830  
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland The Marquess of Anglesey 1 March 1828  
The Duke of Northumberland 6 March 1829  
Paymaster of the Forces William Vesey-Fitzgerald continued in office  
John Calcraft 15 July 1828  
Postmaster General The Duke of Manchester continued in office  
First Commissioner of Woods and Forests Charles Arbuthnot 11 February 1828  
Viscount Lowther 14 June 1828  
Attorney General Sir Charles Wetherell 19 February 1828  
Sir James Scarlett 27 April 1829  
Solicitor General Sir Nicholas Conyngham Tindal continued in office  
Sir Edward Burtenshaw Sugden 29 June 1829  
Judge Advocate General Sir John Beckett 2 February 1828  
Lord Advocate Sir William Rae continued in office  
Solicitor General for Scotland John Hope continued in office  
Attorney General for Ireland Henry Joy continued in office  
Solicitor General for Ireland John Doherty continued in office  
Lord Steward of the Household The Marquess of Conyngham continued in office  
Lord Chamberlain of the Household The Duke of Montrose 18 February 1828  
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household Sir Samuel Hulse continued in office  
Earl of Belfast 24 July 1830  
Master of the Horse The Duke of Leeds continued in office  
Treasurer of the Household Sir William Henry Fremantle continued in office  
Comptroller of the Household Lord George Thomas Beresford continued in office  
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard The Earl of Macclesfield continued in office  
Captain of the Gentlemen Pensioners The Viscount Hereford continued in office  
Master of the Buckhounds The Lord Maryborough continued in office  

References[edit]

  • Chris Cook and John Stevenson, British Historical Facts 1760-1830
  • Joseph Haydn and Horace Ockerby, The Book of Dignities
Preceded by
Goderich Ministry
Government of the United Kingdom
1828–1830
Succeeded by
Grey Ministry