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Walpole–Townshend ministry

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Walpole–Townshend ministry
Walpole (top) and Townshend (bott.)

The government of Great Britain was under the joint leadership of Prime Minister Robert Walpole (in the House of Commons) and Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend (in the House of Lords), from 1721 to 1730—when Townshend left the government.[1]


Portfolio Minister Took office Left office
Sir Robert Walpole*1721 (1721)1730 (1730)
Secretary of State for the Northern Department[3]The Viscount Townshend*1721 (1721)1730 (1730)
Secretary of State for the Southern Department[3]The Lord Carteret[4]1721 (1721)1724 (1724)
The Duke of Newcastle1724 (1724)1730 (1730)
Lord Chancellor[2]The Earl of Macclesfield1721 (1721)1725 (1725)
The Lord King1725 (1725)1730 (1730)
Lord Privy Seal[3]The Duke of Kingston1721 (1721)1726 (1726)
The Lord Trevor1726 (1726)1730 (1730)
Lord President of the Council[2]The Viscount Townshend*1721 (1721)1721 (1721)
The Lord Carleton1721 (1721)1725 (1725)
The Duke of Devonshire1725 (1725)1730 (1730)
The Lord Trevor1730 (1730)1730 (1730)
First Lord of the Admiralty[3]The Earl of Berkeley1721 (1721)1727 (1727)
The Viscount Torrington1727 (1727)1730 (1730)
Master-General of the OrdnanceThe Duke of Marlborough1721 (1721)1722 (1722)
The Earl Cadogan1722 (1722)1725 (1725)
The Duke of Argyll1725 (1725)1730 (1730)
Paymaster of the ForcesThe Lord Cornwallis1721 (1721)1722 (1722)
The Lord Wilmington1722 (1722)1730 (1730)
Lord StewardThe Duke of Argyll1721 (1721)1725 (1725)
The Duke of Dorset1725 (1725)1730 (1730)
Lord ChamberlainThe Duke of Newcastle1721 (1721)1724 (1724)
The Duke of Grafton1724 (1724)1730 (1730)
Master of the HorseThe Earl of Scarbrough1727 (1727)1730 (1730)
Secretary of State for ScotlandThe Duke of Roxburghe1721 (1721)1726 (1726)

See also


  1. ^ Taylor 2002, p. 5 open access
  2. ^ a b c d Cook & Stevenson 1988, p. 39 closed access
  3. ^ a b c d Cook & Stevenson 1988, p. 40
  4. ^ For several months in 1721, Carteret concurrently held the positions of Northern Secretary and Lord President of the Council.


  • Cook, Chris; Stevenson, John (1988), British Historical Facts: 1688–1760, Palgrave Macmillan UK, ISBN 978-1-349-02369-1
  • Taylor, Stephen (2002), "Robert Walpole, First Earl of Orford", in Robert Eccleshall; Graham Walker (eds.), Biographical Dictionary of British Prime Ministers, Routledge, ISBN 978-1-134-66231-9
Preceded by
Second Stanhope–Sunderland ministry
Government of Great Britain
3 April 1721 – 16 May 1730 (1721-04-03 – 1730-05-16)
Succeeded by
Walpole ministry
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