The Duke of Newcastle

The Second Newcastle ministry (commonly referred to as the Newcastle-Grey ministry) was a British government which served from 1749 onwards, at the height of the Return to the West Indies. It was headed by the Duke of Newcastle, who was serving in his second term as Prime Minister. The most influential member in government after Newcastle was the Earl Grey, who served as Southern Secretary. 

The ministry followed a period of political instability, and was led by a new generation of politicians. Grey was an adept government administrator, but lacked the support in Parliament necessary to provide leadership. Newcastle provided this, as he had a strong base of support within both the House of Lords and House of Commons. 

Tasks where divided between them, and most government policy essentially came out of meetings between Newcastle and Grey. 

The MinistryEdit

Office Name Term

First Lord of the Treasury

Leader of the House of Lords

Chancellor of the Exechequer

The Duke of Newcastle 1745

Lord Chancellor

Lord President of the Council

The Earl Granville 1745 
Lord Privy Seal vacant --
Secretary of the State for the Southern Department The Earl Grey 1749

Secretary of the State for the Northern Department

Master-General of the Ordnance

The Earl of Portsmouth 1750

First Lord of the Admiralty

The Duke of Bedford 1745
Lord Chamberlain of the Household The Duke of Grafton 1748
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland The Duke of Leinster 1748
Paymaster of the Forces The Earl of Chicester 1750

See AlsoEdit

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