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Table of Lord Chancellors of England

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Lord Chancellors of England
11th & 12th Centuries 13th Century 14th Century 15th Century 16th & 17th Centuries
1068Herfast 1205Walter de Gray 1302William Greenfield, dean of Chichester 1401Edmund Stafford 1504William Warham, archbishop of Canterbury, keeper of the seal
1070Osmund 1214-1216Richard Marsh, archdeacon of Northumberland, remained chancellor 1305William of Hamilton, dean of York 1403Henry Beaufort, bishop of Lincoln 1515Thomas Wolsey, archbishop of York
1078Maurice, archdeacon of Le Mans 1226Ralph Neville 1307Ralph Baldock, bishop of London 1405Thomas Langley, dean of York 1529Sir Thomas More
1085-86Gerard, precentor of Rouen 1240Richard de Gras, abbot of Evesham, keeper of the seal 1307John Langton 1407Thomas Arundel 1533Sir Thomas Audley, Lord Audley, keeper of the seal 1538
1092Robert Bloet 1244Silvester de Everdon (keeper of the seal in England 1242-43) archdeacon of Chester 1310Walter Reynolds, bishop of Worcester From early in 1312 usually called keeper of the great seal 1410Thomas Beaufort, Earl of Dorset 1544Thomas Wriothesley, Lord Wriothesley 1544, keeper of the seal
1094William Giffard, bishop of Wincester 1246John Mansel, chancellor of St Paul's 1314John Sandall, bishop of Winchester 1412Thomas Arundel 1547William Paulet, Lord of St John, keeper of the seal
1101Roger, bishop of Salisbury 1247John Lexington 1318John Hotham, bishop of Ely 1413Henry Beaufort 1547Richard Rich, Lord Rich
1102Waldric 1248John Mansel 1320John Salmon, bishop of Norwich 1417Thomas Langley 1551Thomas Goodrich (Goodrick), bishop of Ely keeper of the seal from 1551
1107Ranulf 1249John Lexington 1323Robert Baldock 1424Henry Beaufort 1553Stephen Gardiner, bishop of Winchester
1123Geoffrey Rufus 1250William of Kilkenny, archdeacon of Coventry 1326William Airmyn, bishop of Norwich, acting keeper of the seal, jointly with Henry Cliff 1426John Kemp, archbishop of York 1555The seal in commission
1133Robert de Sigillo, keeper of the seal 1255Henry Wingham, dean of St Martin's-le-Grand, bishop of London 1259-62. 1327John Hotham 1432John Stafford, bishop of Bath and Wells 1556Nicholas Heath, archbishop of York
1135Roger le Poer 1260Nicholas of Ely, archdeacon of Ely 1328Henry Burghersh, bishop of Lincoln 1450John Kemp 1558Nicholas Bacon, lord keeper
1139Philip de Harcourt, dean of Lincoln 1261Walter de Merton (temporary keep of the seal 1259-60), archdeacon of Bath 1330John Stratford, bishop of Winchester, archbishop of Canterbury 1454Richard Neville, Earl of Salisbury 1579Sir Thomas Bromley
1140Robert of Ghent, dean of York 126319 July Nicholas of Ely 1334Richard Bury, bishop of Durham 1455Thomas Bourchier, archbishop of Canterbury 1587Sir Christopher Hatton
1141William Fitz Gilbert 1263Nov John Chishull, archdeacon of London 1335 John Stratford 1456William Waynflete, bishop of Winchester 1591The seal in commission
1142William de Vere 1264Thomas Cantilupe, archdeacon of Stafford 1337Robert Stratford, bishop of Chichester 1460George Neville, bishop of Exeter 1592Sir John Puckering, lord keeper
1150Richard de Bohun, dean of Bayeux 1265Ralph of Sandwich, temporary keeper of the seal 1338Richard Bintworth, bishop of London 1467Robert Stillington, bishop of Bath and Wells 1596Sir Thomas Egerton, lord keeper, created Lord Ellesmere lord chancellor 1603
1151William 1265Walter Gifford 1340John Stratford 1470George Neville 1617Sir Francis Bacon, lord keeper, Lord Verulam, created lord chancellor 1618
1155Thomas Becket, archdeacon of Canterbury 1266Godfrey Gifford,archdeacon of Wells and York 1340Robert Stratford 1473Laurence Booth, bishop of Durham 1621John Williams, lord keeper, bishop of Lincoln
1162Geoffrey Ridel, archdeacon of Canterbury 1268John Chishull 1340Robert Bourchier 1474Thomas Rotherham, bishop of Rochester 1625Sir Thomas Coventry, lord keeper, Lord Coventry 1628
1173Ralph de Warneville, treasurer of York 1269Richard Middleton, archdeacon of Northumberland 1341Robert Parving 1475 John Alcock, bishop of Rochester 1642-60The parliamentary and protectorate great seal was in the hands of various commissioners who were neither chancellors nor keepers
1181Geoffrey Plantagenet 1272Walter Merton 1343Robert Sadington 1475Thomas Rotherham 1640Sir John Finch, lord keeper, Lord Finch 1640
1189William Longchamp, bishop of Ely 1274Robert Burnell, archdeacon of York 1345John Offord, dean of Lincoln 1483John Russell, bishop of Lincoln 1641 Sir Edward Littleton, Lord Lyttleton of Mounslow 1641
1197Eustace, vice-chancellor 1194-97, dean of Salisbury, keeper of the seal, 1198 chancellor 1292John Langton, canon of Lincoln 1349John Thoresby, bishop of St David's 1485Thomas Rotherham 1645Sir Richard Lane, lord keeper
1199Hubert Walter, archbishop of Canterbury 1356William Edington, bishop of Winchester 1485John Alcock 1653Sir Edward Herbert
1363Simon Langham, bishop of Ely 1487John Morton, archbishop of Canterbury 1658Sir Edward Hyde, Lord Hyde 1660
1367William Wykeham, bishop of Winchester 1660Lord Hyde, Earl of Clarendon 1661
1371Robert Thorpe 1667Sir Orlando Bridgeman, lord keeper
1372John Knyvet 1672Anthony Ashley Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbury 1672
1377Adam Houghton, bishop of St David's 1673Sir Heneage Finch, lord keeper, created chancellor, 1675 Lord Finch 1674
1378Richard Scrope, lord Scrope of Bolton 1682Sir Francis North, lord keeper, Lord Guildford 1683
1380Simon Sudbury, bishop of London, archbishop of Canterbury 1685George Jeffreys, Lord Jeffreys 1685
1381Hugh Segrave temporary keeper 1689-93The seal in commission
1381William Courtenay bishop of London 1693Sir John Somers, lord keeper, created chancellor 1697, Lord Somers 1697
1381 Richard Scrope 1700Sir Nathan Wright, lord keeper
1382Robert Braybrooke, bishop of London 1705William Cowper, lord keeper, created chancellor 1707, (1st lord chancellor of Great Britain, the Act of Union), Lord Cowper 1706
1383Michael de la Pole, Earl of Suffolk 1385
1386Thomas Arundel [or Fitzalan], bishop of Ely
1389William Wykeham
1391Thomas Arundel
1396Edmund Stafford, bishop of Exeter
1399Thomas Arundel
1399John Scarle, archdeacon of Lincoln


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