British officials whose names appear in National Archives files on royal styles and titles


Adeane
, Michael Edward
[Baron Adeane 1972] (1910–1984)
equerry and assistant private secretary to the King 1937-39, 1947-52
equerry and assistant private secretary to the Queen 1952-54
principal private secretary 1954-72

Agnew, Sir William Godfrey (1913-95)
Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council 1951-53, Clerk 1953-74

Anderson, John [Viscount Waverley 1952] (1882-1958)
permanent under-secretary at the Home Office 1922-1932
Home Secretary 1939-40

Barnes, Sir Thomas James (1888-1964)
procurator-general and Treasury solicitor, 1934-53

Bellew, Sir George Rothe (1899-1993)
Garter king of arms 1950-1961

Bigge, Arthur John [Baron Stamfordham 1911] (1849-1931),
assistant private secretary to the Queen's
private secretary to the Queen May 1895-Jan 1901
private secretary to the prince of Wales 1901-1910
private secretary to the King 1910-1931

Bishop, Sir Frederick A. (1915-2005)
principal private secretary to the Prime Minister, 1956-59

Boyd, Harry Robert (1870-1940)
assistant private secretary to the Secretary of State for the Home Office, 1919-
registrar of the baronetage, ceremonial secretary

Brass, Sir Leslie (1891-1958)
assistant legal adviser, Home Office 1936-47; legal adviser, 1947-56

Buckland, G. R. A.
private secretary to the Home Secretary 1924-

Burke, Sir Henry Farnham (1859-1930)
Garter king of arms 1918-30

Bushe, Sir Henry Grattan (1886-1961)
assistant legal adviser (1919-31) and legal adviser (1931-41) to the Dominions and Colonial Office.

Coldstream, Sir George Phillips (1907-2004) [GPC]
deputy clerk of the Crown in Chancery 1944-54
permanent Secretary to the Lord Chancellor and Clerk of the Crown in Chancery 1954-68

Baring, Rowland Thomas [Earl Cromer] (1877-1953)
assistant private secretary and equerry to King George V, 1916-22
Lord Chamberlain 1922-38

Cross, Richard Assheton [1st viscount Cross] (1823-1914)
home secretary 21 Feb 1874-23 Apr 1880 and 24 June 1885-6 Feb 1886

Cave, George [Viscount Cave] (1856-1928),
home secretary 11 Dec 1916 to 14 Jan 1919, lord of appeal in ordinary 13 Nov 1918; Lord Chancellor 1922-24 and 1924-28

Chrystal, Sir George William (1880-1944)
assistant private secretary to the Home Secretary 1911-15
principal secretary to the permanent under-secretary 1915-17

Cunynghame, Sir Henry Hardinge Samuel (1848-1935) [HC]
Legal Assistant Under-Secretary 1894-1913

Cunningham, Sir Charles Craik (1906-98)
permanent under-secretary of state, Home Office 1957-65

Curzon, George Nathaniel, marquess Curzon of Kedleston [1921] (1859-1925)
Lord President of the Council 1916-19

Davies, Sir John T. (1881-1938)
private secretary to Lloyd George, 1912-22

Delevingne, Sir Malcolm (1868–1950) [MD]
private secretary to the permanent under-secretary, -1896
private secretary to the Home secretary, 1896-98
deputy permanent under-secretary 1913-32

Dixon, Sir Arthur Lewis (1881-1969)
private secretary to the Home Secretary, 1980
private secretary to the permanent under-secretary, 1910-12
assistant secretary 1917, assistant under-secretary of state 1932, principal assistant under-secretary 1941

Dixon, Sir Charles (1898-1976)
adviser to the Commonwealth Relations Office 1948-1967

Dobson, Denis William (1908-95) [DWD]
deputy permanent secretary and clerck of the Crown, 1954-68; permanent secretary and clerk of the Crown in Chancery, 1968-77

Dowson, Sir Oscar Follett (1879-1861)
assistant legal adviser (1920-31) and legal adviser (1933-46) to the Home Office; knighted 1937

Eagleston, Arthur John (1870-1944)
assistant secretary in the Home Office 1913 to 1932
registrar of the baronetage 1925-1932
left at his death a The Channel Islands under Tudor Government published in 1949 by Cambridge University Press

Elliott, Frank Louis Dumbell (1874-1939)
private secretary to the Home Secretary, 1905-08; assistant secretary 1913-14 Ellis, Robert Geoffrey, Bt (1874-1956)
Counsel to the Crown in Peerage and Honours claims 1922-54
in this romantic and rather remote branch of jurisprudence he will be remembered as the most learned authority of his day (Times obituary, Jul 30, 1956)

Lord Finlay, Robert Bannatyne Finlay, 1st viscount Finlay [1919] (1842-1929)
Lord Chancellor 1916-19

Fischer Williams, Sir John (1870-1947) [JFW]
assistant legal adviser to the Home Office, 1918-20

Ford, Sir Edward (1910-2006)
assistant private secretary to George VI (1946-52) and Elizabeth II (1952-67)

Fyfe, David Patrick Maxwell [viscount Kilmuir 1954, earl of Kilmuir 1962] (1900–1967) [K]
Home Secretary 1951-54
Lord Chancellor 1954-62

Grey, George
Home Secretary 23 Jul 1861 to 6 July 1866

Gladstone, Herbert John (1854-1930) [HJG]
Home Secretary 11 Dec 1905-19 Feb 1910

Hardinge, Alexander Henry Louis (1894-1960),
later second Baron Hardinge of Penhurst
assistant private secretary to the King 1920-36, private secretary 1936-43

Harris, Sir Sidney West (1876-1962)
private secretary to the permanent under-secretary, -1910; principal private secretary to the Home Secretary 1910-19

Henderson, J. F.
assistant secretary in the Home Office, 1920s and 1930s

Hinshelwood, A. S.
assistant private secretary to the Home Secretary 1929-

Holderness, Sir Ernest William, bt (1890-1968) [EWH]
principal at the Home Office, 1919-32
assistant secretary, 1932-52

Howard, Sir Algar Henry Stafford (1880-1970)
Garter king of arms 1944-50

Kilmuir, see Fyfe

Knyvett, Sir Carey John
Chief Clerk of the Home Office 1876 to 1898; KCB 1899

Lascelles,Sir Alan (1887-1981)
assistant private secretary to the prince of Wales1920-29
assistant private secretary to the king 1935-43
principal private secretary to the king and queen 1943-53

Leadbitter, Sir Eric (1891-1971)
deputy clerk (1934-41) and clerk of the Privy Council (1942-51)

Lister, Philip Cunliffe- [Viscount Swinton 1935, 1st earl of Swinton 1955] (1884-1972)
secretary of state for Commonwealth relations 1952-55

MacKenna, Reginald (1863-1943)
Home Secretary 24 Oct 1911 to 27 May 1915

Mackenzie, Kenneth Augustus Muir [Baron Muir Mackenzie ] (1845–1930)
permanent secretary in the Lord Chancellor's Office 1884-1915 and clerk of the crown in chancery 1880-1915.

Manners, Henry (later 8th Duke of Rutland) (1852-1925)
principal private secretary to Lord Salisbury, 1885 to 1888

Matthews, Henry [viscount Llandaff] (1826-1913)
Home Secretary 3 Aug 1886 to 18 Aug 1892

Maxwell, Sir Alexander (1880-1963)
permanent under-secretary at the Home Office 1938-48

Moylan, John FitzGerald (1883-1967)
private secretary to the permanent under-secretary of the Home Office, 1912-
receiver for the Metropolitan Police District, 1919-45

Napier, Sir Albert Edward Alexander (1881-1973) [AEAN]
assistant secretary in the Lord Chancellor's Office and deputy clerk of the crown in Chancery 1919-44
permanent secretary to the lord chancellor and clerk of the crown in Chancery, 1944-54

Newsam, Sir Frank Aubrey (1893-1964)
private secretary to the permanent under-secretary of State, 1924-29
principal private secretary to the Home Secretary, 1929-32;
permanent under-secretary 1948-57

Pedder, Sir John (1869-1956) [JP]
private secretary to the Home Secretary, 1898; assistant private secretary, 1900; principal clerk, 1904; assistant secretary 1913; principal assistant secretary 1921-32

Ram, Sir Granville (1885-1952)
parliamentary counsel to the Treasury, 1st counsel 1937-47.

Rankin, C. W. B.
principal private secretary to the Lord Chancellor -1957

Ruggles-Brise, Sir Evelyn John (1857-1935)
principal private secretary to the Home Secretary 1883 to 1891

Sanderson, Thomas Henry [Baron Sanderson 1905] (1841-1923)
permanent under-secretary of state, Foreign Office 1894-1906

Schuster, Sir Claud [Baron Schuster 1944] (1869-1956)
permanent secretary in the Lord Chancellor's Office and clerk of the crown in chancery 1915-44.

Scott, Sir Robert Russell (1877-1960)
permanent under-secretary 1932-38

Scott-Gatty, Sir Alfred Scott (1847-1918)
Garter king of arms 1904-18

Shortt, Edward (1862-1935)
home secretary 14 Jan 1919 to 25 Oct 1922

Simpson, H. B.
assistant private secretary to the Home Secretary, 1892 registrar of the baronetage  -1925

Stamfordham, see Bigge

Strutt, Sir Austin (1903-1979)
principal private secretary to the Home Secretary, 1940-43
assistant under-secretary of state 1943-61
there was probably no greater authority of his time on state and civic ceremonial: in these matters his knowledge of precedents and precedence was unrivalled and unchallenged.

Swinton, see Lister

Troup, Sir Charles Edward (1857–1941)
assistant under-secretary in the Home Office, 1898-1908
permanent under-secretary 1908-22

Whiskard, Sir Geoffrey Granville (1886-1957)
assistant private secretary at the Home Office 1916-
principal private secretary to the Home Secretary 1919-1920

Wigram,Clive [Baron Wigram 1935] (1873-1960)
equerry and assistant private secretary to the king 1910-31
private secretary to the king 1931-36
permanent lord in waiting 1937-45


Wollaston, Sir Gerald Woods (1874-1957)
Garter king of arms 1930-44

Woods, Sir Albert William (1816-1904)
Garter king of arms 1869-1904

Young, Sir Charles George (1795-1869)
Garter king of arms 1842-69

permanent under-secretaries of state at the Home Office

This is the highest permanent position in the Home Office.

Sir Adolphus Frederick Octavius Liddell 1867-85
Sir Godfrey Lushington 1886-95
Sir Kenelm Digby 1895-1903
Sir Mackenzie Dalzell Chalmers 1903-1908
Sir Charles Edward Troup 1908-22
Sir John Anderson 1922-32
Sir Russell Scott 1932-38
Sir Alexander Maxwell 1938-48
Sir Frank Aubrey Newsam 1948-57
Sir Charles Craik Cunningham 1957-66

principal private secretary to the Home Secretary

John Evelyn Ruggles-Brise 1883-91
Horace West 1892-
Harold John Tennant 1894
` William P. Byrne 1895-
Frederick John Dryhurst -1896
J. A. Longley and Malcolm Delevingne, 1896-
J. A. Longley 1900-
...
Frank L. D. Elliott 1905-1908
Arthur Lewis Dixon 1908- Sidney West Harris 1910-19
Geoffrey Granville Whiskard 1919-20
...
G. R. A. Buckland 1924-
Frank A. Newsam 1929-33
A. S. Hutchinson 1933-
Norman Craven Brook 1939-40
H. Austin Strutt 1940-43
John Alfred Ralph Pimlott 1945-
Jean Josephine Nunn 1949-1952
R. J. Whittick 1952-53
Ronald James Guppy 1953-
R. R. Pittam 1955-1957
T. A. Critchley 1957-60
W. A. Glanville 1960-

clerks of the Crown in Chancery

Lord Muir Mackenzie 1880-1915
Sir Claud Schuster 1915-44
Sir Albert E. A. Napier 1944-54
Sir George P. Coldstream 1954-68
Sir Denis W. Dobson 1968-77

Registrars of the Baronetage

The official roll of the baronetage was created by warrant of Feb 8 1910, and the same warrant required the Home Secretary to appoint one of his officers as registrar.

Sir William P. Byrne 1910-14
H. B. Simpson ?-1925
Arthur J. Eagleston 1925-32
H. R. Boyd 1932- 40
H. A. Strutt 1945-?

See also:
  • Theakston, Kevin and Geoffrey K. Fry (1989). 'Britain's Administrative Elite: Permanent Secretaries 1900-86'. Public Administration 67(2).

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