Pitt–Devonshire ministry

The government of Great Britain was under the joint leadership of William Pitt the Elder and William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire, from November 1756 to April 1757—when Pitt was dismissed by King George II. Although George II disliked Pitt, Pitt's influence in the House of Commons led to his appointment as Secretary of State for the Southern Department and the key minister in a government nominally headed by Devonshire.[1] In July 1757, the Pitt–Newcastle ministry was formed under Pitt and Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle.

Pitt–Devonshire ministry
William Pitt
Duke of Devonshire
Pitt (top) and Devonshire (bottom)


The principal ministers of the Crown were as follows:

Portfolio Minister Took office Left office
First Lord of the TreasuryThe Duke of Devonshire*16 November 1756 (1756-11-16)1757 (1757)
Chancellor of the ExchequerHenry Bilson Legge16 November 1756 (1756-11-16)1757 (1757)
The Lord Mansfield13 April 1757 (1757-04-13)1757 (1757)
Lord Privy SealThe Earl Gower22 December 1755 (1755-12-22)1757 (1757)
Chancellor of the Duchy of LancasterThe Lord Edgcumbe22 December 1743 (1743-12-22)1757 (1757)
Secretary of State for the Southern DepartmentWilliam Pitt the Elder4 December 1756 (1756-12-04)6 April 1757 (1757-04-06)
Secretary of State for the Northern DepartmentThe Earl of Holderness23 March 1754 (1754-03-23)9 June 1757 (1757-06-09)
First Lord of TradeThe Earl of Halifax1 November 1748 (1748-11-01)1757 (1757)
First Lord of the AdmiraltyThe Earl Temple19 November 1756 (1756-11-19)6 April 1757 (1757-04-06)
The Earl of Winchilsea and Nottingham6 April 1757 (1757-04-06)1757 (1757)
Treasurer of the NavyGeorge Grenville23 November 1756 (1756-11-23)1757 (1757)
Lord Lieutenant of IrelandThe Duke of Devonshire2 April 1755 (1755-04-02)3 January 1757 (1757-01-03)
The Duke of Bedford3 January 1757 (1757-01-03)1757 (1757)


  1. ^ Leonard, Dick (2011). Eighteenth-Century British Premiers. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 65.


  • Cook, Chris; Stevenson, John (1988). British Historical Facts 1688–1760. Macmillan. pp. 44–5.
  • "No. 9676". The London Gazette. 5–9 April 1757. p. 2.
Preceded by
First Newcastle ministry
Government of Great Britain
Succeeded by
Caretaker ministry