First Newcastle Ministry

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The First Newcastle Ministry was a British government that existed from 1754 until 1756, headed by the Duke of Newcastle. After the death of the previous Prime Minister, his brother Henry Pelham, Newcastle had formed a fresh administration. It lasted until 1756, when it collapsed following the fall of Minorca and the fierce criticism that Newcastle had come under for his handling of the war that was engulfing Europe.

One of the most influential members of the Ministry was Henry Fox, who served as Leader of the House of Commons from November 1755, having firstly entered the Cabinet in his earlier position of Secretary at War in December 1754.

Newcastle later returned to head a second government in 1757 in alliance with William Pitt.

The Ministry[edit]

It is unclear who was member of the Ministry.

OFFICE NAME TERM
First Lord of the Treasury[1]
Leader of the House of Lords
The Duke of Newcastle 1754–1756
Chancellor of the Exchequer[2] Sir William Lee 1754
Henry Bilson Legge 1754-1755
Sir George Lyttelton, Bt. 1755-1756
Second Lord of the Treasury The Earl of Darlington 1754-55
Sir George Lyttelton, Bt. 1755-1756
Lord Chancellor[3] The Lord Hardwicke, later The Earl of Hardwicke 1754–1756
Lord President of the Council[4]| The Earl Granville 1754–1756
Lord Privy Seal[5] The Earl Gower 1754(–1755)
The Duke of Marlborough 1755
The Earl Gower 1755-1756
Secretary of State for the Southern Department[6]
Leader of the House of Commons
Thomas Robinson 1754–1755
Henry Fox 1755–1756
Secretary of State for the Northern Department[6] The Earl of Holdernesse 1754–1756
Master-General of the Ordnance[7] Vacant 1754–1755
The Duke of Marlborough 1755–1756
First Lord of the Admiralty[8] The Lord Anson 1754–1756
Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland[9] The Duke of Argyll 1754–1756
Lord Chamberlain of the Household[10] The Duke of Grafton 1754–1756
Lord Steward of the Household The Duke of Marlborough 1754-1755
The Duke of Rutland 1755-1756
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster The Lord Edgcumbe 1754-56
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland The Duke of Dorset 1754-1755
The Duke of Devonshire 1755-1756
Master of the Horse[11] Marquess of Hartington 1754–1755
The Duke of Dorset 1755-1756
Paymaster of the Forces William Pitt the Elder 1754–1755
jointly The Earl of Darlington
and Viscount Dupplin
1755-1756

Links and Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Haydn's Book of Dignities, 1851, page 112". 
  2. ^ "Haydn's Book of Dignities, 1851, page 168". 
  3. ^ "Haydn's Book of Dignities, 1851, page 105". 
  4. ^ "Haydn's Book of Dignities, 1851, page 119". 
  5. ^ "Haydn's Book of Dignities, 1851, page 147". 
  6. ^ a b "Haydn's Book of Dignities, 1851, page 172". 
  7. ^ "Haydn's Book of Dignities, 1851, page 192". 
  8. ^ "Haydn's Book of Dignities, 1851, page 160". 
  9. ^ "Haydn's Book of Dignities, 1851, page 401". 
  10. ^ "Haydn's Book of Dignities, 1851, page 206". 
  11. ^ "Haydn's Book of Dignities, 1851, page 209". 
Preceded by
Broad Bottom Ministry
British ministries
1754–1756
Succeeded by
Devonshire/Pitt Ministry