Lord Lieutenant of Devon

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The Office of the Lord Lieutenant was created during the reign of Henry VIII (1509–1547), taking over the military duties of the Sheriffs and control of the military forces of the Crown. From 1569 there was provision for the appointment of Deputy Lieutenants, and in 1662 the Lord-Lieutenant was given entire control of the militia. The Regulation of the Forces Act 1871 transferred this function back to the Crown, and in 1921, the office lost its power to call upon men of the county to fight in case of need. Since 1711 all the Lord Lieutenants have also been Custos Rotulorum of Devon.

Appointment and current duties[edit]

Lord Lieutenants are appointed by the King for each county in the United Kingdom, to represent the Crown. They are non-political and retire at the age of 75. The post is unpaid.

The five main duties of the Lord Lieutenant are:

  • Arranging visits to the county by members of the royal family and escorting royal visitors;
  • Presenting medals and awards on behalf of His Majesty, and advising on honours nominations;
  • As Custos Rotulorum of Devon, leading local judicial bodies as Chairman of the Advisory Committees on Justices of the Peace and General Commissioners of Income Tax;
  • Liaising with local units of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army (and Territorial Army), Royal Air Force and associated cadet forces; and
  • Participating in civic and voluntary activities.

List of Lord Lieutenants of Devon[edit]

The following persons served as Lord Lieutenant of Devon:

Deputy lieutenants[edit]

A deputy lieutenant of Devon is commissioned by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon. Deputy lieutenants support the work of the lord-lieutenant. There can be several deputy lieutenants at any time, depending on the population of the county. Their appointment does not terminate with the changing of the lord-lieutenant, but they usually retire at age 75.

19th century[edit]

  • 25 January 1831: John Quicke[5]
  • 25 January 1831: William Nation[5]
  • 25 January 1831: John Milford[5]
  • 25 January 1831: Samuel White[5]
  • 25 January 1831: John White Abbott[5]
  • 25 January 1831: Charles Holman[5]
  • 25 January 1831: George Truscott[5]
  • 25 January 1831: William Browning[5]


  • J.C. Sainty (1970). "Lieutenancies of Counties, 1585–1642". Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research (Special Supplement No. 8): 17–18.
  • J.C. Sainty (1979). List of Lieutenants of Counties of England and Wales 1660-1974. London: Swift Printers (Sales) Ltd.
  1. ^ London Gazette, no. 47659, 9 October 1978
  2. ^ London Gazette, no. 48980, 13 May 1982
  3. ^ London Gazette, no. 55261, 22 September 1998
  4. ^ "Lord-Lieutenant for Devon: David Fursdon". www.gov.uk.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "No. 18770". The London Gazette. 25 January 1831. p. 146.

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