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First Rockingham Ministry

The First Rockingham Ministry was a Rockingham Whigs. The most influential member of the government was the Duke of Newcastle, a former Prime Minister, who served as Lord Privy Seal. It is often referred to as the only government ever to have been made up almost entirely of members of the Jockey Club - Rockingham being a prominent patron and follower of the turf. Rockingham was noted for his ignorance of foreign affairs, and his Ministry failed to reverse the growing isolation of Britain within Europe.[1]

The Ministry fell in 1766 and was replaced by one headed by the Duke of Grafton but dominted by William Pitt.

References

  1. ^ Simms p.520

Bibliography

  • Browning, Reed. The Duke of Newcastle. Yale University Press, 1975.
  • Hibbert, Christopher. George III: A Personal History. Penguin Books, 1999.
  • Simms, Brendan. Three Victories and a Defeat: The Rise and Fall of the First British Empire. Penguin Books 2008.
Preceded by
Grenville Ministry
British ministries
1765–1766
Succeeded by
Chatham Ministry
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