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Lord Chancellors of the United Kingdom

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The Lord Chancellor, formally the Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, is a senior and important functionary in the government of the United Kingdom. In modern times The Lord Chancellor is appointed by the Sovereign on the advice of the Prime Minister. Prior to the Union there were separate Lord Chancellors for England and Wales and for Scotland.

On Wikitree Use Rt Hon in the prefix field (The Right Honourable).


Lord Chancellors of the United Kingdom
19th Century 20th Century 21st Century
1801John Scott, Lord Eldon 1905Sir Robert Reid, Lord of Loreburn 2003 - 2007Charles Falconer, Lord Falconer of Thoroton
1806Thomas Erskine, Lord Erskine 1912Richard Haldane, Viscount Haldane 2005 Constitutional Reform Act ended the duties but role retained by another officer of State
1807Lord Eldon 1915Sir Stanley Buckmaster, Lord Buckmaster 2007Jack Straw
1827John Singleton Copley, Lord Lyndhurst 1916Sir Robert Finlay, Lord Finlay, 2010Kenneth Clarke
1830Henry Brougham, Lord Brougham and Vaux 1919Sir Frederick Smith, (FE Smith), Lord Birkenhead 2012Chris Grayling
1834Lord Lyndhurst 1922George Cave, Viscount Cave 2015 - Michael Gove
1835The seal in commission 1924Viscount Haldane
1836Sir Charles Pepys, Lord Cottenham 1924Viscount Cave
1841Lord Lyndhurst 1928Sir Douglas Hogg, Lord Hailsham (later Viscount Hailsham)
1846Lord Cottenham 1929Sir John Sankey, Lord Sankey (later Viscount Sankey)
1850Sir Thomas Wilde, Lord Truro 1935Viscount Hailsham
1852Sir Edward Burtenshaw Sugden, Lord St Leonards 1938Frederick Maugham, Lord Maugham (later Viscount Maugham)
1852Robert Rolfe, Lord Cranworth 1939Thomas Inskip, Viscount Caldecote
1858Sir Frederic Thesiger, Lord Chelmsford 1940John Simon, Viscount Simon
1859John Campbell, Lord Campbell 1945William Jowitt, Lord Jowitt (later Viscount Jowitt)
1861Sir Richard Bethell, Lord Westbury 1951Gavin Simonds, Lord Simonds 1952 (later Viscount Simonds)
1865Lord Cranworth 1954David Fyfe, Viscount Kilmuir
1866Lord Chelmsford 1962Reginald Manningham-Buller, Lord Dilhorne (later Viscount Dilhorne)
1868Hugh Cairns, Lord Cairns 1964Gerald Gardiner, Lord Gardiner
1868Sir William Page Wood, Lord Hatherley 1970Quintin Hogg, Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone
1872Roundell Palmer, Lord Selborne 1974Frederick Elwyn-Jones, Lord Elwyn-Jones
1874Lord Cairns 1979Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone
1880Lord Selbourne 1987Sir Michael Havers, Lord Havers
1885Sir Hardinge Giffard, Lord Halsbury 1987James Mackay, Lord Mackay of Clashfern
1886Sir Farrer Herschell, Lord Herschell 1997Derry Irvine, Lord Irvine of Lairg
1886Lord Halsbury
1892Lord Herschell
1895Lord Halsbury


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