Bute ministry

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John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute served as Prime Minister of Great Britain during 1762–1763. He resigned following fierce criticism of his signing of the Treaty of Paris with its perceived lenient terms for France and Spain despite Britain's successes in the Seven Years' War. The Bute ministry was made up largely of the same members as its successor, the Grenville ministry. George III favoured Bute, but could not keep him in government.[1]

The Ministry

Office Holder Tenure
First Lord of the Treasury
Leader of the House of Lords
John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute 1762-1763
Chancellor of the Exchequer Francis Dashwood, 15th Baron le Despencer 1762-1763
Secretary of State for the Southern Department Charles Wyndham, 2nd Earl of Egremont 1762-1763
Secretary of State for the Northern Department George Grenville
George Montagu-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax
Lord Chancellor Robert Henley, 1st Earl of Northington 1762-1763
Lord President of the Council John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville
John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford
Lord Privy Seal John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford 1762-1763
First Lord of the Admiralty George Montagu-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax
George Grenville
Master-General of the Ordnance John Ligonier, 1st Earl Ligonier 1762-1763
Paymaster of the Forces Henry Fox 1762-1763
Lord Chamberlain William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire
George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough



  1. Whitely p.44
  • Browning, Reed (1975). The Duke of Newcastle. Yale University Press.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Hibbert, Christopher (1999). George III: A Personal History. Penguin Books.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Whiteley, Peter (1996). Lord North: The Prime Minister Who Lost America. The Hambledon Press.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

See also

Preceded by
Second Newcastle Ministry
(Newcastle/Pitt Ministry)
British ministries
Succeeded by
Grenville Ministry