First Rockingham ministry

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The First Rockingham ministry was a British ministry headed by the Marquess of Rockingham which served between 1765 and 1766 during the reign of George III. The government was made up mainly of his followers known as the Rockingham Whigs. The most influential member of the government was the Duke of Newcastle, a former Prime Minister, who served as Lord Privy Seal. It is often referred to as the only government ever to have been made up almost entirely of members of the Jockey Club - Rockingham being a prominent patron and follower of the turf. Rockingham was noted for his ignorance of foreign affairs, and his Ministry failed to reverse the growing isolation of Britain within Europe.[1]

The Ministry fell in 1766 and was replaced by one headed by William Pitt.

The Ministry[edit]

Office Holder Tenure
First Lord of the Treasury The Marquess of Rockingham 1765–1766
Secretary of State for the Southern Department Henry Seymour Conway 1765–1766
The Duke of Richmond 1766
Secretary of State for the Northern Department The Duke of Grafton 1765–1766
Henry Seymour Conway 1766
Lord Chancellor The Earl of Northington 1765–1766
Lord President of the Council The Earl of Winchilsea and Nottingham 1765–1766
Lord Privy Seal The Duke of Newcastle 1765–1766
Chancellor of the Exchequer William Dowdeswell 1765–1766
First Lord of the Admiralty The Earl of Egmont 1765–1766
Master-General of the Ordnance Marquess of Granby 1765–1766
Lord Chamberlain The Duke of Portland 1765–1766
Minister without Portfolio H.R.H. The Duke of Cumberland 1765


  1. ^ Simms p.520


  • Browning, Reed. The Duke of Newcastle. Yale University Press, 1975.
  • Hibbert, Christopher. George III: A Personal History. Penguin Books, 1999.
  • Simms, Brendan. Three Victories and a Defeat: The Rise and Fall of the First British Empire. Penguin Books 2008.
Preceded by
Grenville ministry
Government of Great Britain
Succeeded by
Chatham ministry