The Grenville ministry was a British Government headed by George Grenville which served between 16 April 1763 and 13 July 1765. It was formed after the previous Prime Minister, the Earl of Bute, had resigned following fierce criticism of his signing of the Treaty of Paris with its perceived lenient terms for France and Spain despite Britain's successes in the Seven Years War. Grenville's government was made up largely of the same members as Bute's had. George III had a violent dislike of the new government because of his resentment of the way they had replaced his favourite Bute (Whiteley 1996, p. 44).
During its two years, the Ministry confronted growing discontent in Britain's American colonies which were to lead to the American War of Independence breaking out in 1775. The Ministry also had to deal with the antics of John Wilkes.
The King's violent dislike of Grenville eventually forced him to dismiss him as first minister and replaced him with the Marquess of Rockingham, whom he hated almost equally.
|Portfolio||Minister||Took office||Left office|
|Secretary of State for the Southern Department||The Earl of Egremont||1763||1763|
|The Earl of Halifax||1763||1765|
|Henry Seymour Conway||1765||1765|
|Secretary of State for the Northern Department||The Earl of Halifax||1763||1763|
|The Earl of Sandwich||1763||1765|
|The Duke of Grafton||1765||1765|
|Lord Chancellor||The Earl of Northington||1763||1765|
|Lord President of the Council||The Earl Granville||1763||1763|
|The Duke of Bedford||1763||1765|
|The Earl of Winchilsea and Nottingham||1765||1765|
|Lord Privy Seal||The Duke of Marlborough||1763||1765|
|First Lord of the Admiralty||The Earl of Sandwich||1763||1763|
|The Earl of Egmont||1763||1765|
|Master-General of the Ordnance||The Marquess of Granby||1763||1765|
|Paymaster of the Forces||Henry Fox||1763||1765|
|Lord Chamberlain||The Earl Gower||1763||1765|
| Government of Great Britain
First Rockingham ministry