Pitt–Devonshire ministry

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Pitt–Devonshire ministry
Pitt the Elder (above) and the Duke of Devonshire (bottom)

The government of Great Britain was under the joint leadership of William Pitt the Elder and William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire from November 1756 to 1757. Following Pitt's dismissal, a new ministry was formed in July 1757 under Pitt and Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle.

The principal ministers of the Crown were as follows:

Office Office-holder Date appointed
First Lord of the Treasury The Duke of Devonshire 16 November 1756
Chancellor of the Exchequer Henry Bilson Legge 16 November 1756
The Lord Mansfield[1] 13 April 1757
Lord Privy Seal The Earl Gower 22 December 1755
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster The Lord Edgcumbe 22 December 1743
Secretary of State for the Southern Department William Pitt 4 December 1756
(dismissed 6 April 1757)[1]
Secretary of State for the Northern Department The Earl of Holderness 23 March 1754
(vacated 9 June 1757)
First Lord of Trade The Earl of Halifax 1 November 1748
First Lord of the Admiralty The Earl Temple 19 November 1756
The Earl of Winchilsea and Nottingham[1] 6 April 1757
Treasurer of the Navy George Grenville 23 November 1756
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland The Duke of Devonshire 2 April 1755
The Duke of Bedford 3 January 1757

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "No. 9676". The London Gazette. 5–9 April 1757. p. 2.
  • Cook, Chris; Stevenson, John (1988). British Historical Facts 1688–1760. Macmillan. pp. 44–5.
Preceded by
First Newcastle ministry
Government of Great Britain
Succeeded by
Caretaker ministry