List of Lord Chancellors and Lord Keepers

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The following is a list of Lord Chancellors and Lord Keepers of the Great Seal of England and Great Britain. It also includes a list of Commissioners of Parliament's Great Seal during the English Civil War and Interregnum.

Lord Chancellors and Lord Keepers of England, 1068–1707[edit]

11th century[edit]

12th century[edit]

13th century[edit]

14th century[edit]

15th century[edit]

1500–1654[edit]

Image Name Term of office Monarch
(Reign)
Henry Deane, Archbishop of Canterbury, Keeper 1500 1502 Henry VII
Coat of Arms of England (1509-1554).svg
(1485–1509)
Hans Holbein d. J. 066.jpg William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury, Keeper to 1504 1502 1515
Henry VIII
Coat of Arms of England (1509-1554).svg
(1509–1547)
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey.jpg Thomas Wolsey, Cardinal Archbishop of York 1515 1529
Hans Holbein, the Younger - Sir Thomas More - Google Art Project.jpg Sir Thomas More 1529 1532
Thomas Audley (c.1488–1544), Lord Audley, 1569.jpg Sir Thomas Audley
(Lord Audley of Walden from 1538)
1532 1544
Thomas Wriothesley, 1st Earl of Southampton by Hans Holbein the Younger.jpg Lord Wriothesley 1544 1547
Edward VI
Coat of Arms of England (1509-1554).svg
(1547–1553)
William Paulet, 1st Marquess of Winchester from NPG.jpg Lord St John, Keeper 1547 1547
Hans Holbein the Younger - Sir Richard Rich, later 1st Baron Rich RL 12238.jpg Lord Rich 1547 1551
ThomasGoodrich.jpg Thomas Goodrich, Bishop of Ely 1552 1553
Stephen Gardiner.jpg Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester 1553 1555 Mary I
Coat of Arms of England (1554-1558).svg
(1553–1558)
Nicholas Heath by Hans Eworth.jpg Nicholas Heath, Archbishop of York 1555 1558
Sir Nicholas Bacon.jpeg Sir Nicholas Bacon, Lord Keeper 1558 1579 Elizabeth I
Coat of Arms of England (1558-1603).svg
(1558–1603)
ThomasBromley.jpg Sir Thomas Bromley 1579 1587
Sir Christopher Hatton from NPG (2) cropped.jpg Sir Christopher Hatton 1587 1591
Coat of Arms of England (1558-1603).svg In Commission: 1591 1592
Sir John Puckering WeissGallery.jpg Sir John Puckering, Lord Keeper 1592 1596
Thomas Egerton, 1st Viscount Brackley from NPG.jpg Sir Thomas Egerton, Lord Keeper to 19 July 1603
(Lord Ellesmere from 1603
Viscount Brackley from 1616)
6 May
1596
5 March
1617
James I
Coat of Arms of England (1603-1649).svg
(1603–1625)
William Larkin Francis Bacon.jpg Sir Francis Bacon, Lord Keeper to 1618
(Lord Verulam from 1618
Viscount St Alban from 1621)
7 March
1617
1621
Coat of Arms of England (1603-1649).svg In Commission: 1621 1621
Abp John Williams by Gilbert Jackson.jpg John Williams, Bishop of Lincoln, Lord Keeper 1621 1625
1stLordCoventry.jpg Sir Thomas Coventry, Lord Keeper
(Lord Coventry from 1628)
1625 1640 Charles I
Coat of Arms of England (1603-1649).svg
(1625–1649)
John Finch, 1st Baron Finch by Sir Anthony Van Dyck lowres color.jpg Lord Finch, Lord Keeper 1640 1641
Edward Littleton, Baron Littleton by Sir Anthony Van Dyck.jpg Lord Lyttleton of Mounslow, Lord Keeper
(Took Great Seal to the King in 1642)
1641 1645
Sir Richard Lane, Lord Keeper 1645 1650
Charles II
Coat of Arms of England (1660-1689).svg
Court in exile
from 1649
Vacant 1650 1653
Sir Edward Herbert, Lord Keeper 1653 1654

The Great Seal was captured and destroyed by Parliament on 11 August 1646

Commissioners of Parliament's Great Seal 1643–1660[edit]

Image Name[1] Term (From – To)
No image.svg In Commission: Nov 1643 – Oct 1646
No image.svg In Commission: 1646–1648
No image.svg In Commission: 1648–1649
No image.svg In Commission: 1649–1654
No image.svg In Commission: 1654–1656
No image.svg In Commission: 1656–1659
No image.svg In Commission: January – June 1659
No image.svg In Commission: June 1659 – 1660
No image.svg In Commission: 1660-1660

From the Restoration, 1660, to the Act of Union, 1707[edit]

Portrait Name Term of office Monarch
(Reign)
WH 1st Earl of Clarendon.png Sir Edward Hyde
(Lord Hyde from 1660,
Earl of Clarendon from 1661)
13 January
1658
30 August
1667
Charles II
Coat of Arms of England (1660-1689).svg
(1660–1685)
SirOrlandoBridgemanLC.jpg Sir Orlando Bridgeman (Lord Keeper) 31 August
1667
17 November
1672
Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury.jpg Earl of Shaftesbury 17 November
1672
9 November
1673
Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Nottingham by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt.jpg Sir Heneage Finch (Lord Keeper until 1675)
(Lord Finch from 1673,
Earl of Nottingham
9 November
1673
18 December
1682
Francis North, 1st Baron Guilford by John Riley lowres color.jpg Sir Francis North (Lord Keeper)
(Lord Guilford from 1683)
20 December
1682
5 September
1685
James II
Coat of Arms of England (1660-1689).svg
(1685–1688)
George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem by William Wolfgang Claret.jpg Lord Jeffreys 28 September
1685
December
1688
Coat of Arms of England (1694-1702).svg In Commission: 4 March
1689
14 May
1690
Mary II
Coat of Arms of England (1689-1694).svg
(1689–1694)
&
William III
Coat of Arms of England (1694-1702).svg
(1689–1702)
Coat of Arms of England (1694-1702).svg In Commission: 14 May
1690
22 March
1693
John Somers, Baron Somers by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt lowres color.jpg Sir John Somers (Lord Keeper until 1697)
(Lord Somers from 1697)
23 March
1693
27 April
1700
Coat of Arms of England (1694-1702).svg In Commission: 27 April
1700
31 May
1700
Sir Nathan Wright LC by JB Closterman.jpg Sir Nathan Wright (Lord Keeper) 31 May
1700
11 October
1705
Anne
Coat of Arms of England (1702-1707).svg
(1702–1714)
William Earl Cowper LC by Jonathan Richardson.jpg William Cowper (Lord Keeper)
(Lord Cowper from 1706)
11 October
1705
4 May
1707

Lord High Chancellors and Lord Keepers of Great Britain (1707–present)[edit]

  Tory       Whig       Conservative       Liberal       Labour       National Liberal
Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Party Ministry Monarch
(Reign)
William Earl Cowper LC by Jonathan Richardson.jpg The Right Honourable
William Cowper
1st Baron Cowper

PC KC FRS
(c. 1665–1723)
4 May
1707
23 September
1710[2]
 
Godolphin–Marlborough
 
Anne
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1707-1714).svg
(1702–1714)
Oxford–Bolingbroke
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1707-1714).svg In Commission: 26 September
1710
19 October
1710
Simon Viscount Harcourt LC by Godfrey Kneller.jpg The Right Honourable
Simon Harcourt
1st Baron Harcourt

PC [nb 1]
(1661–1727)
19 October
1710
21 September
1714
Tory
William Earl Cowper LC by Jonathan Richardson.jpg The Right Honourable
William Cowper
1st Baron Cowper

PC KC FRS
(c. 1665–1723)
21 September
1714
15 April
1718
Townshend I George I
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1714-1801).svg
(1714–1727)
Stanhope–Sunderland I
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1714-1801).svg In Commission: 18 April
1718
12 May
1718
Stanhope–Sunderland II
The Rt. Honble. Thomas Ld. Parker Barn. of Macclesfield and Ld. High Chancelor of Great Britain etc NYPL Hades-286750-1253707) crop.jpg The Right Honourable
Thomas Parker
1st Earl of Macclesfield
[nb 2]
PC FRS
(1666–1732)
12 May
1718
7 January
1725
Whig
Walpole–Townshend
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1714-1801).svg In Commission: 7 January
1725
1 June
1725
Lord King LC.jpg The Right Honourable
Peter King
1st Baron King

PC FRS
(c. 1669–1734)
1 June
1725
29 November
1733
George II
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1714-1801).svg
(1727–1760)
Walpole
Charles Talbot, 1st Baron Talbot of Hensol by John Vanderbank.jpg The Right Honourable
Charles Talbot
1st Baron Talbot

PC
(1685–1737)
29 November
1733
14 February
1737
Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke (1690-1764) by William Hoare of Bath.jpg The Right Honourable
Philip Yorke
1st Earl of Hardwicke
[nb 3]
PC
(1690–1764)
21 February
1737
19 November
1756
Whig
Carteret
Broad Bottom
(I & II)
Newcastle I
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1714-1801).svg In Commission: 19 November
1756
30 June
1757
Pitt–Devonshire
1757 Caretaker
Robert Henley, 1st Earl of Northington by Thomas Hudson.jpg The Right Honourable
Robert Henley
1st Earl of Northinton
[nb 4]
PC [nb 5]
(1708–1772)
30 June
1757
30 July
1766
Whig Pitt–Newcastle
George III
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1714-1801).svg
(1760–1820)
[nb 6]
Bute
Grenville
(WhigTory)
Rockingham I
Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden by Nathaniel Dance, (later Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, Bt).jpg The Right Honourable
Charles Pratt
1st Baron Camden

PC
(1714–1794)
30 July
1766
17 January
1770
Whig Chatham
(WhigTory)
Grafton
(WhigTory)
Charles Yorke by Thomas Hudson.jpg The Right Honourable
Charles Yorke

MP for Cambridge University
(1722–1770)[nb 7]
17 January
1770
20 January
1770
Whig
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1714-1801).svg In Commission: 21 January
1770
23 January
1771
North
2ndEarlBathurst.jpg The Right Honourable
Henry Bathurst
2nd Earl Bathurst
[nb 8]
PC QC
(1714–1794)
23 January
1771
3 June
1778
Tory
Edward Thurlow.jpg The Right Honourable
Edward Thurlow
1st Baron Thurlow

PC QC
(1731–1806)
3 June
1778
7 April
1783
Tory
Rockingham II
Shelburne
(WhigTory)
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1714-1801).svg In Commission: 9 April
1783
23 December
1783
Fox–North
(WhigTory)
Edward Thurlow.jpg The Right Honourable
Edward Thurlow
1st Baron Thurlow

PC QC
(1731–1806)
23 December
1783
June
1792
Tory Pitt I
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1714-1801).svg In Commission: 15 June
1792
28 January
1793
Alexander Wedderburn, 1st Earl of Rosslyn (Lord Loughborough) by William Owen.jpg The Right Honourable
Alexander Wedderburn
1st Baron Loughborough

PC QC
(1733–1805)
28 January
1793
14 April
1801
John Scott Lord High Chancellor of England 1801–1806 by William Cowen.jpg The Right Honourable
John Scott
1st Baron Eldon

PC QC FRS FSA
(1751–1838)
14 April
1801
7 February
1806
Tory Addington
Pitt II
Lord Erskine LC.jpg The Right Honourable
Thomas Erskine
1st Baron Erskine

PC KC
(1750–1823)
7 February
1806
1 April
1807
Whig All the Talents
(WhigTory)
John Scott Lord High Chancellor of England 1801–1806 by William Cowen.jpg The Right Honourable
John Scott
1st Earl of Eldon
[nb 9]
PC QC FRS FSA
(1751–1838)
1 April
1807
12 April
1827
Tory Portland II
Perceval
Liverpool
George IV
Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (1816-1837).svg
(1820–1830)
Lord Lyndhurst LC by HW Pickersgill.jpg The Right Honourable
John Copley
1st Baron Lyndhurst

PC KS FRS
(1772–1863)
2 May
1827
24 November
1830
Tory Canning
(CanningiteWhig)
Goderich
(CanningiteWhig)
Wellington–Peel
William IV
Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (1816-1837).svg
(1830–1837)
Lord Brougham & Vaux mezzotint.jpg The Right Honourable
Henry Brougham
1st Baron Brougham and Vaux

PC QC FRS
(1778–1868)
24 November
1830
9 July
1834
Whig Grey
Melbourne I
Lord Lyndhurst LC by HW Pickersgill.jpg The Right Honourable
John Copley
1st Baron Lyndhurst

PC KS FRS
(1772–1863)
21 November
1834
8 April
1835
Conservative Wellington Caretaker
Peel I
Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (1816-1837).svg In Commission: 23 April
1835
16 January
1836
Melbourne II
Charles Pepys, 1st Earl of Cottenham by Charles Robert Leslie cropped.jpg The Right Honourable
Charles Pepys
1st Baron Cottenham

PC QC
(1781–1851)
16 January
1836
30 August
1841
Whig
Victoria
Coat of arms of the United Kingdom (1837-1952).svg
(1837–1901)
Lord Lyndhurst LC by HW Pickersgill.jpg The Right Honourable
John Copley
1st Baron Lyndhurst

PC KS FRS
(1772–1863)
3 September
1841
27 June
1846
Conservative Peel II
Charles Pepys, 1st Earl of Cottenham by Charles Robert Leslie cropped.jpg The Right Honourable
Charles Pepys
1st Baron Cottenham

PC QC
(1781–1851)
6 July
1846
19 June
1850
Whig Russell I
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg In Commission: 19 June
1850
15 July
1850
Thomas Wilde, 1st Baron Truro by Thomas Youngman Gooderson.jpg The Right Honourable
Thomas Wilde
1st Baron Truro

PC QS
(1782–1855)
15 July
1850
21 February
1852
Whig
1stLordStLeonards.jpg The Right Honourable
Edward Sugden
1st Baron St Leonards

PC
(1781–1875)
27 February
1852
17 December
1852
Conservative Who? Who?
Robert Monsey Rolfe, Baron Cranworth by George Richmond.jpg The Right Honourable
Robert Rolfe
1st Baron Cranworth

PC
(1790–1868)
28 December
1852
21 February
1858
Whig Aberdeen
(PeeliteWhig)
Palmerston I
Lord Chelmsford LC by EU Eddis (crop).jpg The Right Honourable
Frederic Thesiger
1st Baron Chelmsford

PC QC FRS
(1794–1878)
26 February
1858
11 June
1859
Conservative Derby–Disraeli II
Lord Campbell LC by GF Watts.jpg The Right Honourable
John Campbell
1st Baron Campbell

PC QC FRSE
(1779–1861)
18 June
1859
24 June
1861
Liberal Palmerston II
Lord Westbury LC.jpg The Right Honourable
Richard Bethell
1st Baron Westbury

PC QC
(1800–1873)
26 June
1861
7 July
1865
Liberal
Robert Monsey Rolfe, Baron Cranworth by George Richmond.jpg The Right Honourable
Robert Rolfe
1st Baron Cranworth

PC
(1790–1868)
7 July
1865
26 June
1866
Liberal
Russell II
Lord Chelmsford LC by EU Eddis (crop).jpg The Right Honourable
Frederic Thesiger
1st Baron Chelmsford

PC QC FRS
(1794–1878)
6 July
1866
29 February
1868
Conservative Derby–Disraeli III
Lord Cairns LC by LC Dickinson.jpg The Right Honourable
Hugh Cairns
1st Baron Cairns

PC QC
(1819–1885)
29 February
1868
1 December
1868
Conservative
Lord Hatherley LC by George Richmond.jpg The Right Honourable
William Wood
1st Baron Hatherley

PC
(1801–1881)
9 December
1868
15 October
1872
Liberal Gladstone I
Lord Selborne LC by Bassano.jpg The Right Honourable
Roundell Palmer
1st Baron Selborne

PC FRS
(1812–1895)
15 October
1872
17 February
1874
Liberal
Lord Cairns LC by LC Dickinson.jpg The Right Honourable
Hugh Cairns
1st Earl of Cairns
[nb 10]
PC QC
(1819–1885)
21 February
1874
21 April
1880
Conservative Disraeli II
Lord Selborne LC by Bassano.jpg The Right Honourable
Roundell Palmer
1st Earl of Selborne
[nb 11]
PC FRS
(1812–1895)
28 April
1880
9 June
1885
Liberal Gladstone II
Hardinge Giffard, 1st Earl of Halsbury.jpg The Right Honourable
Hardinge Giffard
1st Baron Halsbury

PC QC
(1823–1921)
24 June
1885
28 January
1886
Conservative Salisbury I
Farrer Lord Herschell LC by Hubert von Herkomer.jpg The Right Honourable
Farrer Herschell
1st Baron Herschell

PC QC DL
(1837–1899)
6 February
1886
20 July
1886
Liberal Gladstone III
Hardinge Giffard, 1st Earl of Halsbury.jpg The Right Honourable
Hardinge Giffard
1st Baron Halsbury

PC QC
(1823–1921)
3 August
1886
11 August
1892
Conservative Salisbury II
Farrer Lord Herschell LC by Hubert von Herkomer.jpg The Right Honourable
Farrer Herschell
1st Baron Herschell

GCB PC QC DL FRS
(1837–1899)
18 August
1892
21 June
1895
Liberal Gladstone IV
Rosebery
Hardinge Giffard, 1st Earl of Halsbury.jpg The Right Honourable
Hardinge Giffard
1st Earl of Halsbury
[nb 12]
PC QC
(1823–1921)
29 June
1895
4 December
1905
Conservative Salisbury III
(Con.Lib.U.)
Edward VII
Coat of arms of the United Kingdom (1837-1952).svg
(1901–1910)
Balfour
(Con.Lib.U.)
1stEarlLoreburn crop.jpg The Right Honourable
Robert Reid
1st Earl Loreburn
[nb 13]
GCMG PC
(1846–1923)
10 December
1905
10 June
1912
Liberal Campbell-Bannerman
Asquith I
George V
Coat of arms of the United Kingdom (1837-1952).svg
(1910–1936)
Viscount Haldane LC by Vandyk.jpg The Right Honourable
Richard Haldane
1st Viscount Haldane

KT PC KC FRS
(1856–1928)
10 June
1912
25 May
1915
Liberal
1stViscountBuckmaster.jpg The Right Honourable
Stanley Buckmaster
1st Baron Buckmaster

PC KC
(1861–1934)
25 May
1915
5 December
1916
Liberal Asquith II
(Lib.Con.Lab.)
1stViscountFinlay.jpg The Right Honourable
Robert Finlay
1st Baron Finlay

GCMG PC
(1842–1929)
10 December
1916
10 January
1919
Conservative Lloyd George
(I & II)

(Lib.Con.Lab.)
FE Smith Earl of Birkenhead LC.jpg The Right Honourable
F. E. Smith
1st Earl of Birkenhead
[nb 14]
PC KC
(1872–1930)
10 January
1919
19 October
1922
Conservative
1stViscountCave.jpg The Right Honourable
George Cave
1st Viscount Cave

GCMG PC
(1856–1928)
24 October
1922
22 January
1924
Conservative Law
Baldwin I
Viscount Haldane LC by Vandyk.jpg The Right Honourable
Richard Haldane
1st Viscount Haldane

KT OM PC KC FRS
(1856–1928)
22 January
1924
6 November
1924
Labour MacDonald I
1stViscountCave.jpg The Right Honourable
George Cave
1st Viscount Cave

GCMG PC
(1856–1928)
6 November
1924
28 March
1928
Conservative Baldwin II
Hailsham1.JPG The Right Honourable
Douglas Hogg
1st Baron Hailsham

PC KC
(1872–1950)
28 March
1928
4 June
1929
Conservative
1stViscountSankey.jpg The Right Honourable
John Sankey
1st Viscount Sankey
[nb 15]
GBE PC KC
(1866–1948)
7 June
1929
7 June
1935
Labour MacDonald II
National I
(N.Lab.Con.N.Lib.
Lib.
National II
(N.Lab.Con.N.Lib.
Lib. until 1932
)
Hailsham1.JPG The Right Honourable
Douglas Hogg
1st Viscount Hailsham

PC KC
(1872–1950)
7 June
1935
9 March
1938
Conservative National III
(Con.N.Lab.N.Lib.)
Edward VIII
Coat of arms of the United Kingdom (1837-1952).svg
(1936)
National IV
(Con.N.Lab.N.Lib.)
George VI
Coat of arms of the United Kingdom (1837-1952).svg
(1936–1952)
Lord Maugham LC.jpg The Right Honourable
Frederic Maugham
Baron Maugham

PC KC
(1866–1958)
9 March
1938
3 September
1939
Conservative
Viscount Caldecote LC.jpg The Right Honourable
Thomas Inskip
1st Viscount Caldecote

OBE PC KC
(1876–1947)
3 September
1939
12 May
1940
Conservative Chamberlain War
(Con.N.Lab.N.Lib.)
Sir John Simon 1-3-16.jpg The Right Honourable
John Simon
1st Viscount Simon

GCSI GCVO OBE PC KC
(1873–1954)
10 May
1940
27 July
1945
National Liberal Churchill War
(All parties)
Churchill Caretaker
(Con.N.Lib.)
William Allen Jowitt c1945.jpg The Right Honourable
William Jowitt
1st Viscount Jowitt
[nb 16]
PC
(1885–1957)
27 July
1945
26 October
1951
Labour Attlee
(I & II)
No image.svg The Right Honourable
Gavin Simonds
1st Baron Simonds

PC QC
(1881–1971)
30 October
1951
18 October
1954
Conservative Churchill III
Elizabeth II
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg
(1952–present)
David Maxwell Fyfe.jpg The Right Honourable
David Maxwell Fyfe
1st Viscount Kilmuir

GCVO PC QC
(1900–1967)
18 October
1954
13 July
1962
Conservative
Eden
Macmillan
(I & II)
No image.svg The Right Honourable
Reginald Manningham-Buller
1st Baron Dilhorne

PC
(1905–1980)
13 July
1962
16 October
1964
Conservative
Douglas-Home
No image.svg The Right Honourable
Gerald Gardiner
Baron Gardiner

PC QC
(1900–1990)
16 October
1964
19 June
1970
Labour Wilson
(I & II)
Quintin Hogg, Baron Hailsham Allan Warren.jpg The Right Honourable
Quintin Hogg
Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone

PC QC
(1907–2001)
20 June
1970
4 March
1974
Conservative Heath
Elwyn Jones in Romania (cropped).jpg The Right Honourable
Frederick Elwyn Jones
Baron Elwyn-Jones

CH PC
(1909–1989)
5 March
1974
4 May
1979
Labour Wilson
(III & IV)
Callaghan
Quintin Hogg, Baron Hailsham Allan Warren.jpg The Right Honourable
Quintin Hogg
Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone

CH PC QC
(1907–2001)
4 May
1979
13 June
1987
Conservative Thatcher I
Thatcher II
No image.svg The Right Honourable
Michael Havers
Baron Havers

PC
(1923–1992)
13 June
1987
26 October
1987
Conservative Thatcher III
Official portrait of Lord Mackay of Clashfern crop 2.jpg The Right Honourable
James Mackay
Baron Mackay of Clashfern

PC QC
(born 1927)
28 October
1987
2 May
1997
Conservative
Major I
Major II
No image.svg The Right Honourable
Alexander Irvine
Baron Irvine of Lairg

PC QC
(born 1940)
2 May
1997
12 June
2003
Labour Blair
(I–III)
Official portrait of Lord Falconer of Thoroton crop 2.jpg The Right Honourable
Charles Falconer
Baron Falconer of Thoroton

PC QC
(born 1946)
12 June
2003
27 June
2007
Labour
Jack Straw 2.jpg The Right Honourable
Jack Straw
[nb 17]
MP for Blackburn
(born 1946)
28 June
2007
11 May
2010
Labour Brown
Official portrait of Mr Kenneth Clarke crop 2.jpg The Right Honourable
Kenneth Clarke

QC
MP for Rushcliffe
(born 1940)
12 May
2010
4 September
2012
Conservative Cameron–Clegg
(Con.L.D.)
Official portrait of Chris Grayling crop 2.jpg The Right Honourable
Chris Grayling

MP for Epsom and Ewell
(born 1962)
4 September
2012
9 May
2015
Conservative
Official portrait of Michael Gove crop 2.jpg The Right Honourable
Michael Gove

MP for Surrey Heath
(born 1967)
9 May
2015
14 July
2016
Conservative Cameron II
Official portrait of Elizabeth Truss crop 2.jpg The Right Honourable
Elizabeth Truss

MP for South West Norfolk
(born 1975)
14 July
2016
11 June
2017
Conservative May I
Official portrait of Mr David Lidington crop 2.jpg The Right Honourable
David Lidington

CBE
MP for Aylesbury
(born 1956)
11 June
2017
8 January
2018
Conservative May II
Official portrait of Mr David Gauke crop 2.jpg The Right Honourable
David Gauke

MP for South West Hertfordshire
(born 1971)
8 January
2018
Incumbent Conservative

Notes

  1. ^ Lord Keeper of the Great Seal until 1713.
  2. ^ Baron Parker from 1714; created Earl of Macclesfield and Viscount Parker in 1721.[3]
  3. ^ Baron Hadwicke from 1733; created Earl of Hardwicke and Viscount Royston in 1754.[4]
  4. ^ Baron Henley from 1760; created Earl of Northinton in 1764[5]
  5. ^ Lord Keeper of the Great Seal until 1761.
  6. ^ The Prince of Wales served as Prince Regent from 5 February 1811.
  7. ^ Yorke, who had been associated with the opposition, was persuaded to accept appointment as Lord Chancellor and was to have been created Baron Morden. However on meeting with his erstwhile opposition colleagues he became ashamed of his action. He refused to sign the patent conferring the peerage on himself and then committed suicide.
  8. ^ Baron Apsley from 1771; succeeded as Earl Bathurst and Baron Bathurst in 1775.
  9. ^ Baron Eldon from 1799; created Earl of Eldon and Viscount Encombe in 1821.[6]
  10. ^ Baron Cairns from 1867; created Earl Cairns and Viscount Garmoyle in 1878.[7]
  11. ^ Baron Selborne from 1872; created Earl of Selborne and Viscount Wolmer in 1882.[8]
  12. ^ Baron Halsbury from 1885; created Earl of Halsbury and Viscount Tiverton in 1898.[9]
  13. ^ Baron Loreburn from 1906; created Earl Loreburn in 1911.[10]
  14. ^ Baron Birkenhead from 1919; created Viscount Birkenhead in 1921; created Earl of Birkenhead and Viscount Furneaux in 1922.[11]
  15. ^ Baron Sankey from 1929; created Viscount Sankey in 1932.[12]
  16. ^ Baron Jowitt from 1945; created Viscount Jowitt in 1947.[13]
  17. ^ First non-peer to serve as Lord Chancellor since Sir Robert Henley as Lord Keeper of the Seal in 1760.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cook and Wroughton, English Historical Facts, 1603–1688, PP 8–9
  2. ^ Geoffrey Treasure, ‘Cowper, William, first Earl Cowper (1665–1723)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, September 2004; online edn, January 2009 accessed 27 March 2009
  3. ^ "No. 5986". The London Gazette. 29 August 1721. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "No. 9359". The London Gazette. 30 March 1754. p. 2. 
  5. ^ "No. 10418". The London Gazette. 15 May 1764. p. 4. 
  6. ^ "No. 17722". The London Gazette. 7 July 1821. p. 1410. 
  7. ^ "No. 24627". The London Gazette. 24 September 1878. p. 5263. 
  8. ^ "No. 25183". The London Gazette. 29 December 1882. p. 6649. 
  9. ^ "No. 26930". The London Gazette. 18 January 1898. p. 299. 
  10. ^ "No. 28514". The London Gazette. 18 July 1911. p. 5349. 
  11. ^ "No. 32776". The London Gazette. 12 December 1922. p. 8793. 
  12. ^ "No. 33795". The London Gazette. 2 February 1932. p. 703. 
  13. ^ "No. 37860". The London Gazette. 21 January 1947. p. 411. 
  • John Haydn and Horace Ockerby, The Book of Dignities, third edition, W.H. Allen and Co. Ltd, London 1894, reprinted Firecrest Publishing Limited, Bath 1969, p. 352–358
  • John Lord Campbell (1845) Lives of the Lords Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal of England. 5th ed. (1868) London: Murray, vol. 10
  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X. 

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