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Secretaries of state for foreign affairs (1782–2010)

In 1782, when the business of the secretaries of state for the northern and southern departments was reorganized, responsibility for overseas affairs was placed under a new secretary of state for foreign affairs. The department was commonly known as the Foreign Office. In 1968 it was merged with another ministry, the Commonwealth Office, to form the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
1782 (March–July)Charles James Fox (1749–1806)
1782–1783Thomas Robinson, second Baron Grantham (1738–1786)
1783 (April–Dec)Charles James Fox (1749–1806)
1783 (Dec)George Nugent-Temple-Grenville, third Earl Temple (1753–1813)
1783–1791Francis Osborne, marquess of Carmarthen [see Osborne, Francis, fifth duke of Leeds (1751–1799)]
1791–1801William Wyndham Grenville, Baron Grenville (1759–1834)
1801–1804Robert Banks Jenkinson, first Baron Hawkesbury [see Jenkinson, Robert Banks, second earl of Liverpool (1770–1828)]
1804–1805Dudley Ryder, second Baron Harrowby (1762–1847)
1805–1806Henry Phipps, first Baron Mulgrave (1755–1831)
1806 (Feb–Sept)Charles James Fox (1749–1806)
1806–1807Charles Grey, Viscount Howick [see Grey, Charles, second Earl Grey (1764–1845)]
1807–1809George Canning (1770–1827)
1809 (Oct–Dec)Henry Bathurst, third Earl Bathurst (1762–1834)
1809–1812Richard Wellesley, Marquess Wellesley (1760–1842)
1812–1822Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh and second marquess of Londonderry (1769–1822)
1822–1827George Canning (1770–1827)
1827–1828John William Ward, earl of Dudley (1781–1833)
1828–1830George Hamilton-Gordon, fourth earl of Aberdeen (1784–1860)
1830–1834Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston (1784–1865)
1834–1835Arthur Wellesley, first duke of Wellington (1769–1852)
1835–1841Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston (1784–1865)
1841–1846George Hamilton-Gordon, fourth earl of Aberdeen (1784–1860)
1846–1851Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston (1784–1865)
1851–1852Granville George Leveson-Gower, second Earl Granville (1815–1891)
1852 (Feb–Dec)James Howard Harris, third earl of Malmesbury (1807–1889)
1852–1853Lord John Russell (1792–1878)
1853–1858George William Frederick Villiers, fourth earl of Clarendon (1800–1870)
1858–1859James Howard Harris, third earl of Malmesbury (1807–1889)
1859–1865John Russell, first Earl Russell (1792–1878)
1865–1866George William Frederick Villiers, fourth earl of Clarendon (1800–1870)
1866–1868Edward Henry Stanley, Lord Stanley (1826–1893)
1868–1870George William Frederick Villiers, fourth earl of Clarendon (1800–1870)
1870–1874Granville George Leveson-Gower, second Earl Granville (1815–1891)
1874–1878Edward Henry Stanley, fifteenth earl of Derby (1826–1893)
1878–1880Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, third marquess of Salisbury (1830–1903)
1880–1885Granville George Leveson-Gower, second Earl Granville (1815–1891)
1885–1886Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, third marquess of Salisbury (1830–1903)
1886 (Feb–Aug)Archibald Philip Primrose, fifth earl of Rosebery (1847–1929)
1886–1887Stafford Henry Northcote, first earl of Iddesleigh (1818–1887)
1887–1892Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, third marquess of Salisbury (1830–1903)
1892–1894Archibald Philip Primrose, fifth earl of Rosebery (1847–1929)
1894–1895John Wodehouse, first earl of Kimberley (1826–1902)
1895–1900Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, third marquess of Salisbury (1830–1903)
1900–1905Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, fifth marquess of Lansdowne (1845–1927)
1905–1916Edward Grey, Viscount Grey of Fallodon (1862–1933)
1916–1919Arthur James Balfour (1848–1930)
1919–1924George Nathaniel Curzon, Earl Curzon (1859–1925)
1924 (Jan–Nov)(James) Ramsay MacDonald (1866–1937)
1924–1929Sir (Joseph) Austen Chamberlain (1863–1937)
1929–1931Arthur Henderson (1863–1935)
1931 (Aug–Nov)Rufus Daniel Isaacs, first marquess of Reading (1860–1935)
1931–1935Sir John Allsebrook Simon (1873–1954)
1935 (June–Dec)Sir Samuel John Gurney Hoare, second baronet (1880–1959)
1935–1938(Robert) Anthony Eden (1897–1977)
1938–1940Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, third Viscount Halifax (1881–1959)
1940–1945(Robert) Anthony Eden (1897–1977)
1945–1951Ernest Bevin (1881–1951)
1951 (March–Oct)Herbert Stanley Morrison (1888–1965)
1951–1955(Robert) Anthony Eden (1897–1977)
1955 (April–Dec)(Maurice) Harold Macmillan (1894–1986)
1955–1960(John) Selwyn Brooke Lloyd (1904–1978)
1960–1963Alexander Frederick [Alec] Douglas-Home, fourteenth earl of Home (1903–1995)
1963–1964Richard Austen [Rab] Butler (1902–1982)
1964–1965Patrick Chrestien Gordon Walker (1907–1980)
1965–1966(Robert) Michael Maitland Stewart (1906–1990)
1966–1968George Alfred Brown (1914–1985)
1968–1970(Robert) Michael Maitland Stewart (1906–1990)
1970–1974Sir Alexander Frederick [Alec] Douglas-Home (1903–1995)
1974–1976(Leonard) James Callaghan (1912–2005)
1976–1977(Charles) Anthony Raven Crosland (1918–1977)
1977–1979David Anthony Llewellyn Owen (b. 1938)
1979–1982Peter Alexander Rupert Carrington, sixth Lord Carrington (b. 1919)
1982–1983Francis Leslie Pym (1922–2008)
1983–1989Sir (Richard Edward) Geoffrey Howe (b. 1926)
1989 (June–Oct)John Major (b. 1943)
1989–1995Douglas Richard Hurd (b. 1930)
1995–1997Malcolm Leslie Rifkind (b. 1946)
1997–2001Robert Finlayson [Robin] Cook (1946–2005)
2001–2006John Whitaker [Jack] Straw (b. 1946)
2006–2007Margaret Mary Beckett (b. 1943)
2007–2010David Wright Miliband (b. 1965)
2010–William Jefferson Hague (b. 1961)