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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 (1811–12)
Prime MinisterSpencer Perceval
Total no. of members95 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.[a]


Portfolio Minister Took office Left office
*4 October 1809 (1809-10-04)11 May 1812 (1812-05-11)
Lord Chancellor1807 (1807)1827 (1827)
Lord President of the Council26 March 1807 (1807-03-26)8 April 1812 (1812-04-08)
8 April 1812 (1812-04-08)11 June 1812 (1812-06-11)
Lord Privy Seal1807 (1807)1827 (1827)
Secretary of State for the Home Department1 November 1809 (1809-11-01)8 June 1812 (1812-06-08)
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs1 November 1809 (1809-11-01)6 December 1809 (1809-12-06)
6 December 1809 (1809-12-06)4 March 1812 (1812-03-04)
4 March 1812 (1812-03-04)12 August 1822 (1822-08-12)
President of the Board of Trade
The Earl Bathurst
31 March 1807 (1807-03-31)29 September 1812 (1812-09-29)
1 November 1809 (1809-11-01)11 June 1812 (1812-06-11)
First Lord of the Admiralty1807 (1807)1810 (1810)
1810 (1810)1812 (1812)
Master-General of the Ordnance1807 (1807)1810 (1810)
The Earl of Mulgrave
1810 (1810)1819 (1819)
Minister without PortfolioNovember 1809 (1809-11)June 1812 (1812-06)
The Earl Camden
8 April 1812 (1812-04-08)December 1812 (1812-12)


List of ministers

Cabinet members are listed in bold face.

Office Name Date
Hon. Spencer Perceval 4 Oct 1809 – 11 May 1812
Secretaries to the Treasury Charles Arbuthnot[b] continued in office
Richard Wharton[c] 8 Dec 1809
Junior Lords of the Treasury John Foster 6 Dec 1809 – 6 Jan 1812
Hon. William Brodrick 6 Dec 1809 – 16 Jun 1812
Hon. William Eliot 6 Dec 1809 – 6 Jan 1812
The Earl of Desart 6 Dec 1809 – 23 Jun 1810
Snowdon Barne 6 Dec 1809 – 16 Jun 1812
Hon. Berkeley Paget 23 Jun 1810 – 16 Jun 1812
Hon. William Wellesley-Pole 6 Jan 1812 – 16 Jun 1812
Richard Wellesley 6 Jan 1812 – 16 Jun 1812
Lord Chancellor The Lord Eldon continued in office
Lord President of the Council The Earl Camden continued in office
The Viscount Sidmouth 8 Apr 1812
Lord Privy Seal The Earl of Westmorland continued in office
Home Secretary Hon. Richard Ryder 1 Nov 1809
Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department Hon. Charles Jenkinson continued in office
Henry Goulburn Feb 1810
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs The Earl Bathurst 11 Oct 1809
The Marquess Wellesley 6 Dec 1809
Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Charles Bagot continued in office – Dec 1809
Charles Culling Smith Dec 1809 – Feb 1812
Edward Cooke Feb 1812 – Jun 1812
Secretary of State for War and the Colonies The Earl of Liverpool 1 Nov 1809
Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies Edward Cooke continued in office
Hon. Charles Jenkinson 2 Nov 1809
Robert Peel 10 Jun 1810
Under-Secretary of State for War Hon. F. J. Robinson continued in office
Henry Bunbury 2 Nov 1809
First Lord of the Admiralty The Lord Mulgrave continued in office
Charles Philip Yorke 4 May 1810
The Viscount Melville 25 Mar 1812
First Secretary to the Admiralty John Wilson Croker 12 Oct 1809
Civil Lords of the Admiralty Robert Plumer Ward continued in office – 17 Jun 1811
The Viscount Palmerston continued in office – 24 Nov 1809
James Buller continued in office – 25 Mar 1812
Viscount Lowther 24 Nov 1809 – 3 Jul 1810
Hon. F. J. Robinson 3 Jul 1810 – 16 Jun 1812
Lord Walpole 17 Jun 1811 – 16 Jun 1812
William Dundas 25 Mar 1812 – 16 Jun 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[d] 13 Nov 1809
The Earl of Buckinghamshire 7 Apr 1812
Secretary to the Board of Control George Peter Holford continued in office
Sir Patrick Murray Jan 1810
John Bruce Mar 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 Jan 1810
Surveyor-General of the Ordnance James Murray Hadden continued in office
Robert Moorsom 20 Jul 1810
Clerk of the Ordnance Hon. Cropley Ashley-Cooper continued in office
Robert Plumer Ward 14 Jun 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
The Lord Glenbervie continued in office – Jul 1810
First Commissioner of Woods and Forests The Lord Glenbervie Jul 1810
Ministers without Portfolio The Duke of Portland 4 Oct 1809 – 30 Oct 1809
The Earl of Harrowby Nov 1809 – Jun 1812
The Earl Camden 8 Apr 1812 – Jun 1812
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland The Duke of Richmond continued in office
Chief Secretary for Ireland Hon. William Wellesley-Pole Oct 1809
Attorney General Sir Vicary Gibbs continued in office
Solicitor General Sir Thomas Plumer continued in office
Judge Advocate General Charles Manners-Sutton 8 Nov 1809
Lord Advocate Archibald Colquhoun continued in office
Solicitor General for Scotland David Boyle continued in office
David Monypenny 22 Feb 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 Feb 1812
Treasurer of the Household Viscount Stopford[f] 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[g] 10 Nov 1810
The Marquess of Hertford 7 Mar 1812
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household Lord John Thynne continued in office
Earl of Yarmouth 14 Mar 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 Mar 1812
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard The Earl of Macclesfield continued in office


  1. ^ The Perceval ministry coincided with the start of the Regency era, when George III was formally deemed unfit to reign while his son ruled in his stead as Prince Regent. It dissolved with the assassination of Perceval in May 1812—the first and only assassination of a British prime minister.
  2. ^ Arbuthnot served as Senior Secretary.
  3. ^ Wharton served as Junior Secretary.
  4. ^ Dundas succeeded as the 2nd Viscount Melville on 28 May 1811.
  5. ^ Merged to form the Commissioners of Woods, Forests and Land Revenues.
  6. ^ Stopford succeeded as the 3rd Earl of Courtown on 30 March 1810.
  7. ^ Upon the death of Dartmouth.


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