Grenville Ministry

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The Grenville Ministry was a British Government headed by George Grenville which served between 16 April 1763 – 13 July 1765. It was formed after the previous Prime Minister, the Earl of Bute, had resigned following fierce criticism of his signing of the Treaty of Paris with its perceived lenient terms for France and Spain despite Britain's successes in the Seven Years War. Grenville's government was made up largely of the same members as Bute's had. George III had a violent dislike of the new government because of his resentment of the way they had replaced his favourite Bute.[1]

During its two years, the Ministry confronted growing discontent in Britain's American colonies which were to lead to the American War of Independence breaking out in 1775. The Ministry also had to deal with the antics of John Wilkes.

The King's violent dislike of Grenville eventually forced him to dismiss him as First Minister and replaced him with the Marquess of Rockingham, whom he hated almost equally.

The Ministry[edit]

Office Holder Tenure
First Lord of the Treasury
Leader of the House of Commons
Chancellor of the Exchequer
George Grenville 1763-1765
Secretary of State for the Southern Department Charles Wyndham, 2nd Earl of Egremont
George Montagu-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax
Henry Seymour Conway
Secretary of State for the Northern Department George Montagu-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax
John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich
Augustus Henry Fitzroy, 3rd Duke of Grafton
Lord Chancellor Robert Henley, 1st Earl of Northington 1763-1765
Lord President of the Council John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville
John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford
The Earl of Winchilsea and Nottingham
Lord Privy Seal George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough 1763-1765
First Lord of the Admiralty John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich
John Perceval, 2nd Earl of Egmont
Master-General of the Ordnance John Manners, Marquess of Granby 1763-1765
Paymaster of the Forces Henry Fox 1763-1765
Lord Chamberlain The Earl Gower 1763-1765


  1. ^ Whitely p.44


  • Browning, Reed. The Duke of Newcastle. Yale University Press, 1975.
  • Hibbert, Christopher. George III: A Personal History. Penguin Books, 1999.
  • Whiteley, Peter. Lord North: The Prime Minister Who Lost America. The Hambledon Press, 1996.
Preceded by
Bute Ministry
British ministries
Succeeded by
First Rockingham Ministry