Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies

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The Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies was a junior Ministerial post in the United Kingdom government, subordinate to the Secretary of State for the Colonies and, from 1948, also to a Minister of State.


Under-Secretaries of State for the Colonies, 1768–1782

NameEntered officeLeft office
Richard Phelps17681768
John Pownall 17681770
John Pownall and William Knox 17701776
William Knox and Christopher D'Oyly 17761778
William Knox and Thomas De Grey 17781780
William Knox and Benjamin Thompson 17801781
William Knox and John Fisher17811782

In 1782, following the loss of the American colonies, the office was abolished, and its duties given to the Home Secretary. From there it passed to the War Office, which was later renamed the War and Colonial Office. In 1854 this office was split, and the Colonial Office reestablished. [1]

Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State for the Colonies, 1854–1966

For earlier office-holders see Under-Secretary of State for War and the Colonies.

NameEntered officeLeft office
Frederick Peel 18541855
John Ball 18551857
Chichester Fortescue 18571858
The Earl of Carnarvon 18581859
Chichester Fortescue 18591865
William Edward Forster 18651866
Charles Adderley 18661868
William Monsell 18681871
Edward Knatchbull-Hugessen 18711874
James Lowther 18741878
The Earl Cadogan 18781880
M. E. Grant Duff 18801881
Leonard Courtney 18811882
Hon. Evelyn Ashley 18821885
The Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl 18851886
George Osborne Morgan 18861886
The Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl 18861887
The Earl of Onslow 18871888
Baron Henry de Worms 18881892
Sydney Buxton 18921895
The Earl of Selborne 18951900
The Earl of Onslow 19001903
The Duke of Marlborough 19031905
Winston Churchill 19051908
J. E. B. Seely 19081911
The Lord Lucas of Crudwell 19111911
The Lord Emmott 19111914
The Lord Islington 19141915
Arthur Steel-Maitland 19151917
William Hewins 19171919
Leo Amery 19191921
Hon. E. F. L. Wood 19211922
Hon. William Ormsby-Gore 19221924
The Lord Arnold 19241924
Hon. William Ormsby-Gore 19241929
William Lunn 19291929
Drummond Shiels 19291931
Robert William Hamilton 19311932
The Earl of Plymouth 19321936
The Earl De La Warr 19361937
The Marquess of Dufferin and Ava 19371940
George Hall 19401942
Harold Macmillan 19421943
The Duke of Devonshire 19431945
Arthur Creech Jones 19451946
Ivor Thomas 19461947
David Rees-Williams 19471950
Thomas Fotheringham-Cook 19501951
The Earl of Munster 19511951
The Lord Lloyd 19511957
John Profumo 19571958
Julian Amery 19581960
Hon. Hugh Fraser 19601962
Nigel Fisher 16 July 196224 October 1963
Nigel Fisher
and Richard Hornby
24 October 196316 October 1964
Eirene White
and The Lord Taylor
20 October 196411 October 1965
The Lord Taylor
and The Lord Beswick
11 October 196511 April 1966
The Lord Beswick 11 April 19661 August 1966

Abolished 1966. Thereafter, see Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs.

Minister of State for the Colonies (1948–1964)

NameEntered officeLeft office
The Earl of Listowel 19481950
John Dugdale 19501951
Alan Lennox-Boyd 19511952
Henry Hopkinson 19521955
Hon. John Hare 19551956
Hon. John Maclay 19561957
The Earl of Perth 19571962
The Marquess of Lansdowne 19621964

Abolished 1964. Thereafter, see Minister of State for Commonwealth Affairs.

Permanent Under-Secretaries of State for the Colonies, 1825 and 1854–1966

NameEntered officeLeft office
Sir Robert Hay 18251836
Sir James Stephen 18361847
Herman Merivale 18481859
Sir Frederic Rogers 18591871
Sir Robert Wyndham Herbert 18711892
Sir Robert Henry Meade 18921897
Edward Wingfield 18971900
Montagu Ommanney 19001907
Sir Francis Hopwood 19071911
Sir John Anderson 19111916
Sir George Fiddes 19161921
Sir James Masterton-Smith 19211925
Sir Samuel Wilson 19251933
Sir John Maffey 19331937
Sir Cosmo Parkinson 19371940
Sir George Gater 19401940
Sir Cosmo Parkinson 19401942
Sir George Gater 19421947
Sir Thomas Lloyd 19471956
Sir John Macpherson 19561959
Sir Hilton Poynton 19591966

History of English and British government departments with responsibility for foreign affairs
and those with responsibility for the colonies, dominions and the Commonwealth
Northern Department
Foreign Office
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office since 2020
Southern Department
Colonial Office
Home Office
War Office
War and Colonial Office
Colonial Office
Colonial Office
Commonwealth Office
Southern Department
Dominions Office
Commonwealth Relations Office
. India Office
India Office
Burma Office

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