Perceval ministry

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Perceval ministry
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Perceval (1812)
Date formed4 October 1809 (1809-10-04)
Date dissolved11 May 1812 (1812-05-11)
People and organisations
MonarchGeorge III
Represented byPrince Regent (1811–1812)
Prime MinisterSpencer Perceval
Total no. of ministers95 appointments
Member partyTory Party
Status in legislatureMajority
Opposition partyWhig Party
Opposition leaders
Legislature term(s)4th UK Parliament
PredecessorSecond Portland ministry
SuccessorLiverpool ministry

This is a list of members of the government of the United Kingdom in office under the leadership of Spencer Perceval from 1809 to 1812. The Perceval ministry saw the beginning of the Regency era, when King George III was formally deemed unfit to reign and his son George ruled as his proxy as Prince Regent.

Perceval was assassinated in May 1812. He is the first and only Prime Minister to have been murdered.


Portfolio Minister Took office Left office Party
 Spencer Perceval*4 October 1809 (1809-10-04)11 May 1812 (1812-05-11)Tory
Lord Chancellor The Earl of Eldon1807 (1807)1827 (1827)Tory
Lord President of the Council The Earl Camden26 March 1807 (1807-03-26)8 April 1812 (1812-04-08)Tory
 The Viscount Sidmouth8 April 1812 (1812-04-08)11 June 1812 (1812-06-11)Tory
Lord Privy Seal The Earl of Westmorland1807 (1807)1827 (1827)Tory
Secretary of State for the Home Department Richard Ryder1 November 1809 (1809-11-01)8 June 1812 (1812-06-08)Tory
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs The Earl Bathurst1 November 1809 (1809-11-01)6 December 1809 (1809-12-06)Tory
 The Marquess Wellesley6 December 1809 (1809-12-06)4 March 1812 (1812-03-04)Tory
 Viscount Castlereagh4 March 1812 (1812-03-04)12 August 1822 (1822-08-12)Tory
President of the Board of Trade The Earl Bathurst31 March 1807 (1807-03-31)29 September 1812 (1812-09-29)Tory
 The Earl of Liverpool1 November 1809 (1809-11-01)11 June 1812 (1812-06-11)Tory
First Lord of the Admiralty The Earl of Mulgrave1807 (1807)1810 (1810)Tory
 Charles Philip Yorke1810 (1810)1812 (1812)Tory
Master-General of the Ordnance The Earl of Chatham1807 (1807)1810 (1810)Independent
 The Earl of Mulgrave1810 (1810)1819 (1819)Tory
Minister without Portfolio The Earl of HarrowbyNovember 1809 (1809-11)June 1812 (1812-06)Tory
 The Earl Camden8 April 1812 (1812-04-08)December 1812 (1812-12)Tory


List of ministers[edit]

Cabinet members are listed in bold face.

Office Name Date
First Lord of the Treasury Hon. Spencer Perceval 4 October 1809 –
11 May 1812
Leader of the House of Commons
Chancellor of the Exchequer
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Secretaries to the Treasury Charles Arbuthnot[note 1] continued in office
Richard Wharton[note 2] 8 December 1809
Junior Lords of the Treasury John Foster 6 December 1809 –
6 January 1812
Hon. William Brodrick 6 December 1809 –
16 June 1812
Hon. William Eliot 6 December 1809 –
6 January 1812
The Earl of Desart 6 December 1809 –
23 June 1810
Snowdon Barne 6 December 1809 –
16 June 1812
Hon. Berkeley Paget 23 June 1810 –
16 June 1812
Hon. William Wellesley-Pole 6 January 1812 –
16 June 1812
Richard Wellesley 6 January 1812 –
16 June 1812
Lord Chancellor The Lord Eldon continued in office
Lord President of the Council The Earl Camden continued in office
The Viscount Sidmouth 8 April 1812
Lord Privy Seal The Earl of Westmorland continued in office
Home Secretary Hon. Richard Ryder 1 November 1809
Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department Hon. Charles Jenkinson continued in office
Henry Goulburn February 1810
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs The Earl Bathurst 11 October 1809
The Marquess Wellesley 6 December 1809
Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Charles Bagot continued in office –
December 1809
Charles Culling Smith December 1809 –
February 1812
Edward Cooke February 1812 –
June 1812
Secretary of State for War and the Colonies The Earl of Liverpool 1 November 1809
Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies Edward Cooke continued in office
Hon. Charles Jenkinson 2 November 1809
Robert Peel 10 June 1810
Under-Secretary of State for War Hon. F. J. Robinson continued in office
Henry Bunbury 2 November 1809
First Lord of the Admiralty The Lord Mulgrave continued in office
Charles Philip Yorke 4 May 1810
The Viscount Melville 25 March 1812
First Secretary to the Admiralty John Wilson Croker 12 October 1809
Civil Lords of the Admiralty Robert Plumer Ward continued in office –
17 June 1811
The Viscount Palmerston continued in office –
24 November 1809
James Buller continued in office –
25 March 1812
Viscount Lowther 24 November 1809 –
3 July 1810
Hon. F. J. Robinson 3 July 1810 –
16 June 1812
Lord Walpole 17 June 1811 –
16 June 1812
William Dundas 25 March 1812 –
16 June 1812
President of the Board of Trade The Earl Bathurst continued in office
Master of the Mint
Vice-President of the Board of Trade George Rose continued in office
President of the Board of Control The Earl of Harrowby continued in office
Hon. Robert Dundas[note 3] 13 November 1809
The Earl of Buckinghamshire 7 April 1812
Secretary to the Board of Control George Peter Holford continued in office
Sir Patrick Murray January 1810
John Bruce March 1812
Master-General of the Ordnance The Earl of Chatham continued in office
The Lord Mulgrave 5 May 1810
Lieutenant-General of the Ordnance Sir Thomas Trigge continued in office
Treasurer of the Ordnance Joseph Hunt continued in office
Thomas Alcock 30 January 1810
Surveyor-General of the Ordnance James Murray Hadden continued in office
Robert Moorsom 20 July 1810
Clerk of the Ordnance Hon. Cropley Ashley-Cooper continued in office
Robert Plumer Ward 14 June 1811
Clerk of the Deliveries of the Ordnance Thomas Thoroton continued in office
Storekeeper of the Ordnance Mark Singleton continued in office
Treasurer of the Navy George Rose continued in office
Secretary at War The Viscount Palmerston continued in office
Paymaster of the Forces Charles Long continued in office
Lord Charles Somerset continued in office
Postmaster General The Earl of Chichester continued in office
The Earl of Sandwich continued in office
Surveyor General of Woods, Forests, Parks, and Chases[note 4] The Lord Glenbervie continued in office –
July 1810
First Commissioner of Woods and Forests The Lord Glenbervie July 1810
Ministers without Portfolio The Duke of Portland 4 October 1809 –
30 October 1809
The Earl of Harrowby November 1809 –
June 1812
The Earl Camden 8 April 1812 –
June 1812
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland The Duke of Richmond continued in office
Chief Secretary for Ireland Hon. William Wellesley-Pole October 1809
Attorney General Sir Vicary Gibbs continued in office
Solicitor General Sir Thomas Plumer continued in office
Judge Advocate General Charles Manners-Sutton 8 November 1809
Lord Advocate Archibald Colquhoun continued in office
Solicitor General for Scotland David Boyle continued in office
David Monypenny 22 February 1811
Attorney-General for Ireland William Saurin continued in office
Solicitor-General for Ireland Charles Kendal Bushe continued in office
Lord Steward of the Household The Earl of Aylesford continued in office
The Earl of Cholmondeley 19 February 1812
Treasurer of the Household Viscount Stopford[note 5] continued in office
Viscount Jocelyn 8 May 1812
Comptroller of the Household Lord George Thynne continued in office
Lord Chamberlain of the Household The Earl of Dartmouth continued in office
vacant[note 6] 10 November 1810
The Marquess of Hertford 7 March 1812
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household Lord John Thynne continued in office
Earl of Yarmouth 14 March 1812
Master of the Horse The Duke of Montrose continued in office
Master of the Buckhounds The Marquess Cornwallis continued in office
Captain of the Gentlemen Pensioners The Earl of Mount Edgcumbe continued in office
The Earl of Courtown 26 March 1812
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard The Earl of Macclesfield continued in office


  1. ^ Arbuthnot served as Senior Secretary.
  2. ^ Wharton served as Junior Secretary.
  3. ^ Dundas succeeded as the 2nd Viscount Melville on 28 May 1811.
  4. ^ Merged to form the Commissioners of Woods, Forests and Land Revenues.
  5. ^ Stopford succeeded as the 3rd Earl of Courtown on 30 March 1810.
  6. ^ Upon the death of Dartmouth.


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  • Haydn, Joseph; Ockerby, Horace (1890). The Book of Dignities. London: W.H. Allen and Co. OL 13505280M.
Preceded by
Second Portland ministry
Government of the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Liverpool ministry