Charles Arbuthnot

Joint Secretary to the Treasury, 1809-1823

March 14, 1767 - August 18, 1850

Thomas Wallace

Vice-President of the Board of Trade, 1818-23; Master of the Mint, 1823-27

1768 - February 23, 1844

William Huskisson

First Commissioner of Woods and Forests, 1814-23; President of the Board of Trade, 1823-27

March 11, 1770 - September 15, 1830

George Canning

President of the Board of Control, 1816-21; Foreign Secretary 1807-9, 1822-27

April 11, 1770 – August 8, 1827

John Singleton Copley

Solicitor General, 1819-24; Attorney General, 1824-26; Master of the Rolls, 1826-27

May 21, 1772 – October 12, 1863

Frederick John Robinson

President of the Board of Trade, 1818-23, 1841-43; Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1823-27

November, 1 1782 – January 28, 1859

Henry Goulburn

Under Secretary for War and the Colonies 1812 - 1821

March 19, 1784 – January 12, 1856

Robert Peel

Home Secretary 1822-27, 1828-30

February 5, 1788 - July 2, 1850

Harriet Arbuthnot

Political diarist from 1820 - 1832

September 10, 1793 – August 2, 1834


Robert Banks Jenkinson is born in London

June 7, 1770

Entered Charterhouse School


Elected Master of Arts

Christ Church College, Oxford

May 19, 1790

Elected MP for Rye

June, 1790

Maiden Speech

Maiden speech in the House of Commons

February 29, 1792


Marriage to Lady Louisa Hervey

March 25, 1795

Massacre of Tranent

Following the 1797 Militia Act, which authorized the recruiting of 6,000 militia in Scotland, a recruiting squad of about 80 soldiers under Major Wight, which included a party of the Cinque Ports light cavalry under Captain Finlay, was attacked with rocks, bottles etc. in Tranent by an organized mob of protesters against Army recruiting activities. After several attempts to quell the rioters, Major Wight ordered the dragoons to fire, killing some of the rioters but dispelling them, after which the soldiers appear to have lost discipline and killed various innocent people in the surrounding countryside, to a total of 11 dead and 8 injured. Liverpool, the Cinque Ports light cavalry’s commanding officer, was not present, being at the county town of Haddington about 10 miles away. The facts of the case were laid before the Lord Advocate of Scotland, but no action was taken. The “massacre” as it can correctly be called with respect to the non-rioters, who appear to have represented 7 of the 11 killed, has recently been played up locally, with a rather ugly monument to the rioters erected in 1995. Liverpool’s collateral involvement has of course fuelled nationalist and leftist agendas. The accusation that he should have been present at Tranent makes little sense since only a small part of his regiment was involved, and Major Wight, not of his regiment, was the senior officer present. Liverpool can however be considerably criticized for the poor discipline of his men and for the failure of Captain Finlay to keep them under control.

August 29, 1797

Master of the Mint

March 1799

Kisses hands as Foreign Secretary

March 14, 1801

Treaty of Amiens

Preliminaries of peace signed for Treaty of Amiens

October 1, 1801

The Liverpools Move

The Liverpools Move into Coombe Wood

August 1802

Liverpool becomes Home Secretary

During this period as Home Secretary, he founded the Bow Street Horse Patrol, to protect London from the menace of highwaymen.

May 1804

Death of Pitt, Asked to Form New Government

George III first asks Liverpool to become prime minister, following the death of Pitt. After reflecting for two hours, Liverpool turns the offer down; he is consoled by being given Pitt’s lucrative office of Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports.

January 24, 1806

Duke of Portland's Government Formed

Liverpool and Eldon visit the King to form the Duke of Portland’s government. Liverpool becomes Home Secretary again.

March 19, 1807

Formation of Spencer Perceval's Government

Liverpool becomes Secretary of State for War and Colonies

October 4, 1809

Assassination of Spencer Perceval

May 11, 1812

Liverpool Becomes Prime Minister

June 8, 1812

Battle of Leipzig

Battle of Leipzig, with all Allied forces except Bavaria paid for by Britain – decisive battle of the war.

October 16-19, 1813

The Bourbons

Liverpool changes official British war aims to restoration of the Bourbons.

March 24, 1814

The Corn Laws

Liverpool opens Second Reading debate on the Corn Laws.

March 15, 1815

Vansittart Raises Consols

Four days before Waterloo, Vansittart raises £27 million of “Consols” at cost of 5.62%. Napoleon is dead meat.

June 14, 1815

Savings Bank Act of 1817

Passage of the Savings Bank Act of 1817, providing safe home for working-class savings. Pictured is Dr. Henry Duncan, the originator of the idea in 1810.

June 1817

The Gold Standard

Liverpool in the House of Lords proposes six Resolutions taking Britain onto the Gold Standard

May 21, 1819

The Move Towards Free Trade

Liverpool sets out in the House of Lords the move towards free trade that Britain would follow for the next 40 years.

May 20, 1820

Death of Louisa, Lady Liverpool

June 12, 1821

Liverpool Denounces Bubble

Liverpool speaks in the House of Lords, denouncing the bubble then under way

March 25, 1825

Banking Reform

Liverpool sets out plan of banking reform in a letter to Bank of England.

January 13, 1826

Liverpool Suffers Stroke

Liverpool suffers a stroke and resigns the prime ministership on April 9.

February 17, 1827

Death of Lord Liverpool

December 4, 1828