Under-Secretary of State for India

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This is a list of Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State and Permanent Under-Secretaries of State at the India Office during the period of British rule between 1866 and 1948, and for Burma from 1858 to 1948.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State was a ministerial position and the Permanent Under-Secretary of State was a civil service positions.

Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State for India, 1858–1937[edit]

Portrait Name Term of office
No image.svg Henry Baillie 1858 1859
1stEarlOfNorthbrooke.jpg Hon. Thomas Baring 1859 1861
George Robinson 1st Marquess of Ripon.jpg The Earl de Grey 1861 1861
1stEarlOfNorthbrooke.jpg Hon. Thomas Baring 1861 1864
1st Earl of Kimberley 1868.jpg The Lord Wodehouse 1864 1864
Lord Dufferin.jpg The Lord Dufferin and Clandeboye 1864 1866
James Stansfeld.JPG James Stansfeld 1866 1866
Sir James Fergusson.jpg Sir James Fergusson, Bt 1866 1867
CharlesHenryRolle Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis (1834–1904) 20thBaronClinton LarkbeareHouse Exeter.jpg The Lord Clinton 1867 1868
Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff.jpg M. E. Grant Duff 1868 1874
Lord George Hamilton.JPG Lord George Hamilton 1874 1878
Edward Stanhope.jpg Hon. Edward Stanhope 1878 1880
Marquess of Lansdowne.jpg The Marquess of Lansdowne 1880 1880
Viscount Enfield Vanity Fair 14 September 1872.jpg Viscount Enfield 1880 1883
J-k-cross-1880.jpg John Kynaston Cross 1883 1885
George Robert Canning Harris, 4th Baron Harris, GCSI, GCIE (1851–1932) (cropped).jpg The Lord Harris 1885 1886
Ughtred James Kay-Shuttleworth Vanity Fair 18 August 1904.jpg Sir Ughtred Kay-Shuttleworth, Bt 1886 1886
No image.svg Stafford Howard 1886 1886
John Eldon Gorst.jpg Sir John Eldon Gorst 1886 1891
George Curzon2.jpg Hon. George Curzon 1891 1892
Picture of George W. E. Russell.jpg George W. E. Russell 1892 1894
Donald James Mackay Lord Reay.jpg The Lord Reay 1894 1895
4thEarlOfOnslow.jpg The Earl of Onslow 1895 1900
6th Earl of Hardwicke.png The Earl of Hardwicke 1900 1902
Henry Percy, Earl Percy Vanity Fair 2 September 1897.jpg Earl Percy 1902 1904
No image.svg Vacant 1904 1904
Marquess of Bath Vanity Fair 1896-04-23.jpg The Marquess of Bath 1904 1905
John Ellis (Rushcliffe).jpg John Ellis 1905 1907
Charles Hobhouse.jpg Charles Hobhouse 1907 1908
Thomas Buchanan.jpg Thomas Buchanan 1908 1909
Lord Murray of Elibank - Bain Collection.jpg The Master of Elibank 1909 1910
Montagu cropped.jpg Hon. Edwin Samuel Montagu 1910 1914
1910 Charles Roberts MP.jpg Charles Henry Roberts 1914 1915
Lord Islington.JPG The Lord Islington 1915 1919
The Lord Sinha 1919 1920
2ndEarlOfLytton.jpg The Earl of Lytton 1920 1922
Winterton6.JPG The Earl Winterton 1922 1924
No image.svg Robert Richards 1924 1924
Winterton6.JPG The Earl Winterton 1924 1929
No image.svg Drummond Shiels 1929 1929
No image.svg The Earl Russell 1929 1931
Harry Snell.JPG The Lord Snell 1931 1931
No image.svg Vacant 1931 1931
The 11th Marquess of Lothian KT, CH, PC, DL.jpg The Marquess of Lothian 1931 1932
RA Butler cropped.png Rab Butler 1932 1937

Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State for India and Burma, 1937–1948[edit]

Portrait Name Term of office Political party
No image.svg The Right Honourable
Lord Stanley
MC
MP for Fylde
1937 1938 Conservative
No image.svg Anthony Muirhead
MC TD
MP for Wells
1938 1939† Conservative
No image.svg The Right Honourable
Hugh O'Neill
MP for Antrim
1939 1940 Ulster Unionist
No image.svg His Grace
The Duke of Devonshire
KG MBE TD
1940 1943 Conservative
No image.svg The Right Honourable
The Earl of Munster
1943 1944 Conservative
No image.svg The Right Honourable
The Earl of Listowel
1944 1945 Labour
No image.svg The Right Honourable
The Earl of Scarbrough
GCSI GCIE TD
1945 1945 Conservative
No image.svg Arthur Henderson
MP for Kingswinford
1945 1947 Labour

Permanent Under-Secretaries of State for India, 1858–1937[edit]

Portrait Name Term of office
No image.svg Sir George Russell Clerk 1858 1860
No image.svg Herman Merivale 1860 1874
No image.svg Sir Louis Mallet 1874 1883
No image.svg Sir Arthur Godley 1883 1909
No image.svg Sir Richmond Ritchie 1909 1912
No image.svg Sir Thomas Holderness 1912 1920
No image.svg Sir William Duke 1920 1924
No image.svg Sir Arthur Hirtzel 1924 1930
No image.svg Sir Findlater Stewart 1930 1937

Permanent Under-Secretaries of State for India and Burma, 1937–1948[edit]

Portrait Name
Honorifics
Term of office
No image.svg Sir Findlater Stewart
GCIE KCB CSI
1937 1941
Sir David Taylor Monteath.jpg Sir David Monteath
KCB KCMG CVO OBE
1941 1948

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