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Williams, Gareth Wyn (1941 - 2003), PC 1999; QC 1978; Lord Privy Seal, Leader of the House of Lords, since 2001

Stowell, Tina Wendy (born 1967), PC 2014; Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal, since 2014

Kerr, Peter Francis Walter (1922 - 2004), Lord Warden of the Stannaries and Keeper of the Privy Seal of the Duke of Cornwall, 1977–83

HARTSHORN, Vernon (1872 - 1931), Lord Privy Seal since 1930; MP (Lab.), Ogmore Division of Glamorganshire since Dec. 1918

Snowden, Philip (1864 - 1937), PC 1924; Lord Privy Seal, 1931–32, Hon. Freeman of Keighley, and of the City of London, and Leeds

BEVIN, Ernest (1881 - 1951), PC 1940; Lord Privy Seal since 1951; MP (Lab.) Central Wandsworth 1940–50, East Woolwich since 1950

Cross, Richard Assheton (1823 - 1914), DL, JP; Lord Privy Seal, 1895–1900; Bencher of Inner Temple, 1876; Treasurer, 1895

DOUGHERTY, James Brown (1844 - 1934), MP (L) Londonderry City, 1914–18; late Under-Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant, some time Assistant Under-Secretary; Clerk of HM’s Privy Council in Ireland, and Deputy-Keeper of the Privy Seal

BACON, Nicholas (Hickman Ponsonby) (born 1953), Premier Baronet of England; DL; Lord Warden of the Stannaries and Keeper of the Privy Seal, Duchy of Cornwall, since 2006

Coke, Thomas William (1822 - 1909), JP, Keeper of the Privy Seal to the Prince of Wales (afterwards King Edward VII), 1870–1901; Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk, 1846–1906

Robinson, George Frederick Samuel (1827 - 1909), Lord Privy Seal, 1905–08; Lord-Lieutenant North Riding of Yorkshire, 1873–1906; High Steward of Hull; Hon. Colonel 1st Battalion West York Rifles from 1860; became a Roman Catholic, 1874

Franks, Oliver Shewell (1905 - 1992), Provost of Worcester College, Oxford, 1962–76; Chancellor of East Anglia University, 1965–84; Lord Warden of the Stannaries and Keeper of the Privy Seal of the Duke of Cornwall, 1983–85

Leslie-Melville, Ronald Ruthven (1835 - 1906), PC; DL, Keeper of the Privy Seal, Scotland, from 1900; Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland; Representative Peer for Scotland from 1892; Lieutenant for City of London

Kerr, Schomberg Henry (1833 - 1900), Lord Keeper of Privy Seal of Scotland from 1874; Hon. Colonel 3rd Battalion Royal Scots Regiment from 1889; Captain-General Royal Corps of Archers from 1884; President Society of Antiquaries, Scotland, and Royal Geographical Society of Scotland

Campbell, Gavin (1851 - 1922), PC; JP, DL, CC for Perthshire and Argyllshire; Lord Lieutenant of Argyllshire since 1914; Keeper of the Privy Seal of Scotland since 1907; Knight of the Order of the Seraphim; awarded silver medal Royal Humane Society; Knight of Order of St John of Jerusalem; ADC to the King; late Colonel Highland Cyclist Battalion; Hon. Colonel Highland Cyclist Battalion; Brigadier-General Royal Company of Archers


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The privy seal developed early in the 13th cent. when the use of the great seal was too cumbersome. From 1275 there was a keeper of the privy seal and the office was upgraded in 1487 when Bishop Foxe was designated lord privy seal. The use of the privy seal was finally abolished in 1884 but by that time the lord privy seal had long established his position as a member of the cabinet. Being without portfolio, he is now available to take on special governmental responsibilities.

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