Lord Chancellor

Lord Chancellor is in Offices of State.

Around 1078 Maurice Bishop of London -1107 was appointed Lord Chancellor.

In 1085 Archbishop Gerard -1108 was appointed Lord Chancellor.

Before Jan 1091 Bishop Roger Bloet -1123 was appointed Lord Chancellor.

In 1189 William Longchamp Bishop of Ely -1197 was appointed Lord Chancellor for which office he had paid £3000.

In 1226 Ralph Neville Bishop Chancellor -1244 was appointed Lord Chancellor.

In 1260 Nicholas Ely Bishop -1280 was appointed Lord Chancellor.

On 25 Feb 1264 Thomas Cantilupe Bishop of Hereford 1218-1282 (46) was appointed Lord Chancellor.

After 10 Aug 1265 Walter Giffard Archbishop of York 1225-1279 was appointed Lord Chancellor.

In 1266 Godfrey Giffard Bishop of Worcester 1235-1302 (31) was appointed Lord Chancellor.

In 1274 Robert Burnell Bishop of Bath and Wells 1239-1292 (35) was appointed Lord Chancellor.

In 1292 John Langton Bishop of Chichester -1337 was appointed Lord Chancellor.

In 1307 John Langton Bishop of Chichester -1337 was appointed Lord Chancellor.

On 14 Dec 1340 Robert Bourchier 1st Baron Bourchier -1349 was appointed Lord Chancellor.

In 1367 William of Wykeham Chancellor Bishop Winchester 1320-1404 (47) was appointed Lord Chancellor which post he resigned in 1371.

In Jan 1380 Simon Sudbury Archbishop of Canterbury 1316-1381 (64) was appointed Lord Chancellor.

On 20 Sep 1382 Robert Braybrooke Bishop of London -1404 was appointed Lord Chancellor.

In 1383 Michael Pole 1st Earl Suffolk 1330-1389 (53) was appointed Lord Chancellor.

In 1386 Thomas Fitzalan Archbishop York and Canterbury 1353-1414 (33) was appointed Lord Chancellor.

After 04 Mar 1389 Edmund Stafford Bishop of Exeter 1344-1419 was appointed Lord Chancellor.

In 1391 Thomas Fitzalan Archbishop York and Canterbury 1353-1414 (38) was appointed Lord Chancellor.

In 1403 Cardinal Henry Beaufort 1375-1447 (28) was appointed Lord Chancellor.

In 1407 Thomas Fitzalan Archbishop York and Canterbury 1353-1414 (54) was appointed Lord Chancellor.

In 1424 Cardinal Henry Beaufort 1375-1447 (49) was appointed Lord Chancellor.

On 27 Mar 1454 Richard 3rd Duke York (42) was appointed Lord Protector. Richard Neville 5th Earl Salisbury 1400-1460 (54) was appointed Lord Chancellor.

Around 1455 Thomas Browne Lord Treasurer Lord Chancellor 1402-1460 (53) was appointed Lord Chancellor.

In Jan 1455 Richard Neville 5th Earl Salisbury 1400-1460 (55) resigned as Lord Chancellor.

In Mar 1455 Cardinal Thomas Bourchier 1418-1486 (37) was appointed Lord Chancellor.

In 1461 George Neville Archbishop of York 1432-1476 (29) was appointed Lord Chancellor.

On 20 Jun 1467 Robert Stillington Bishop of Bath and Wells 1420-1491 (47) was appointed Lord Chancellor.

After 14 Apr 1471 Robert Stillington Bishop of Bath and Wells 1420-1491 was appointed Lord Chancellor.

On 18 Jun 1473 Robert Stillington Bishop of Bath and Wells 1420-1491 (53) resigned as Lord Chancellor.

On 27 Jul 1473 Archbishop Lawrence Booth 1420-1480 (53) was appointed Lord Chancellor serving until May 1474.

In 1475 Thomas Rotherham Archbishop of York 1423-1500 (51) was appointed Lord Chancellor.

John Russell appointed Lord Chancellor

On 13 May 1483 John Russell Bishop -1494 was appointed Lord Chancellor. He replaced Thomas Rotherham Archbishop of York 1423-1500 (59).

In 1487 Cardinal John Morton 1420-1500 (67) was appointed Lord Chancellor.

In Oct 1529 Thomas More Chancellor Speaker 1478-1535 (51) was appointed Lord Chancellor by Henry VIII King England and Ireland 1491-1547 (38).

1527 Hans Holbein The Younger Painter 1497-1543. Portrait of Thomas More Chancellor Speaker 1478-1535 wearing a Lancastrian Esses Collar with Beaufort Portcullis and Tudor Rose Pendant.1536 Hans Holbein The Younger Painter 1497-1543. Portrait of Henry VIII King England and Ireland 1491-1547.1540 Hans Holbein The Younger Painter 1497-1543. Miniature portrait of Henry VIII King England and Ireland 1491-1547.Around 1525 Unknown Painter. Netherlands. Portrait of Henry VIII King England and Ireland 1491-1547.

In 1533 Stephen Gardiner Bishop of Winchester 1483-1555 (50) was appointed Lord Chancellor.

On 26 Jan 1533 Thomas Audley 1st Baron Audley Walden 1488-1544 (45) was appointed Lord Keeper of the Great Seal. and Lord Chancellor as well.

In 1569 Unknown Painter. Posthumous portrait of Thomas Audley 1st Baron Audley Walden 1488-1544.

In 1547 Richard Rich 1st Baron Rich 1497-1567 (50) was appointed Lord Chancellor.

On 20 Dec 1551 Bishop Thomas Goodrich Lord Chancellor -1554 was appointed Lord Chancellor.

In 1555 Archbishop Nicholas Heath 1501-1578 (54) was appointed Lord Chancellor.

In 1579 Thomas Bromley Lord Chancellor 1530-1587 (49) was appointed Lord Chancellor.

In 1603 Thomas Egerton 1st Viscount Brackley 1540-1617 (63) was appointed Lord Chancellor.

On 21 Feb 1637 Philip Yorke 1st Earl Hardwicke 1690-1764 was appointed Lord Chancellor which position he held until 19 Nov 1756.

1763. William Hoare Painter 1707-1792. Portrait of Philip Yorke 1st Earl Hardwicke 1690-1764 wearing the Robes of Lord Keeper of the Great Seal and holding the Great Seal.In 1756 Thomas Hudson Painter 1701-1779. Portrait of Philip Yorke 1st Earl Hardwicke 1690-1764.

John Evelyn's Diary 02 March 1665. 02 Mar 1665. I went with his Majesty (34) into the lobby behind the House of Lords, where I saw the King (34) and the rest of the Lords robe themselves, and got into the House of Lords in a corner near the woolsack, on which the Lord Chancellor sits next below the throne: the King (34) sat in all the regalia, the crown-imperial on his head, the sceptre and globe, etc. The Duke of Albemarle (56) bore the sword, the Duke of Ormond (54), the cap of dignity. The rest of the Lords robed in their places:—a most splendid and august convention. Then came the Speaker and the House of Commons (48), and at the bar made a speech, and afterward presented several bills, a nod only passing them, the clerk saying, Le Roy le veult, as to public bills, as to private, Soit faite commeil est desirè. Then, his Majesty (34) made a handsome but short speech, commanding my Lord Privy Seal (59) to prorogue the Parliament, which he did, the Chancellor (56) being ill and absent. I had not before seen this ceremony.

Read More ...

John Evelyn's Diary 15 August 1673. 15 Aug 1673. Came to visit me my Lord Chancellor, the Earl of Shaftesbury (52).

In 1675 Heneage Finch 1st Earl Nottingham 1621-1682 (53) was appointed Lord Chancellor.

In 1666 Peter Lely Painter 1618-1680. Portrait of Heneage Finch 1st Earl Nottingham 1621-1682.

John Evelyn's Diary 23 January 1683. 23 Jan 1683. Sir Francis North (45), son to the Lord North (81), and Lord Chief Justice, being made Lord Keeper on the death of the Earl of Nottingham (72), the Lord Chancellor, I went to congratulate him. He is a most knowing, learned, and ingenious man, and, besides being an excellent person, of an ingenious and sweet disposition, very skillful in music, painting, the new philosophy, and politer studies.

John Evelyn's Diary 31 October 1685. 31 Oct 1685. I din'd at our greate Lord Chancellor Jefferies (40), who us'd me with much respect. This was the late Chief Justice who had newly ben the Western Circuit to try the Monmouth conspirators, and had formerly don such severe justice amongst the obnoxious in Westmr Hall, for which his Ma* (52) dignified him by creating him first a Baron, and now Lord Chancellor. He had some years past ben conversant at Deptford; is of an assur'd and undaunted spirit, and has serv'd the Court interest on all the hardiest occasions; is of nature cruel and a slave of the Court.

John Evelyn's Diary 24 April 1700. 24 Apr 1700. This week there was a great change of State officers. The Duke of Shrewsbury (39) resigned his Lord Chamberlainship to the Earl of Jersey (44), the Duke's indisposition requiring his retreat. Mr. Vernon (54), Secretary of State, was put out. The Seal was taken from the Lord Chancellor Somers (49), though he had been acquitted by a great majority of votes for what was charged against him in the House of Commons. This being in term time, put some stop to business, many eminent lawyers refusing to accept the office, considering the uncertainty of things in this fluctuating conjuncture. It is certain that this Chancellor was a most excellent lawyer, very learned in all polite literature, a superior pen, master of a handsome style, and of easy conversation; but he is said to make too much haste to be rich, as his predecessor, and most in place in this age did, to a more prodigious excess than was ever known. But the Commons had now so mortified the Court party, and property and liberty were so much invaded in all the neighboring kingdoms, that their jealousy made them cautious, and every day strengthened the law which protected the people from tyranny.
A most glorious spring, with hope of abundance of fruit of all kinds, and a propitious year.

On 01 Jun 1725 Peter King 1st Baron King 1669-1734 (56) was appointed Lord Chancellor. He was created 1st Baron King on the same day.

Before 1723 Godfrey Kneller Painter 1646-1723. Portrait of Peter King 1st Baron King 1669-1734.