CONSTABLES OF THE TOWER OF LONDON

The role of the constable of the Tower was one of the most senior appointments and oldest positions in England. During Middle Ages a constable was the person in charge of a castle when the owner, the king or a nobleman –was not in residence.

 

In modern day now, the role of Constable is a ceremonial one and mainly involves taking part in traditional ceremonies within the Tower as well as being part of the community that lives within its perimeter.

The very first constable was appointed by William the Conqueor in 1086. When the monarch was not present , then the constable would be one of the most important men in London.In the medieval England, the Constable would be responsible for  the Tower.This included building maintenance, soldiers' pay and, as the Royal menagerie was housed in the Tower, supervision of the 'Keeper of the King’s Animals'. He was also ultimately responsible for the prisoners kept there.

The Constable’s responsibility for prisoners was made very clear in the words with which he was entrusted with them: “You are to guard them securely in the prison of our said tower in such a way that you shall answer for them body for body ... Fail in no part of this on pain of forfeiture of life and limb and all property you hold in our realms.”

TIME-LINE OF CONSTABLES OF THE TOWER OF LONDON

TERM IN OFFICE                         CONSTABLES
 
1086–1100
GEOFFREY DE MANDEVILLE
  • He was the first Constable, appointed by William the Conqueror
  • (DIED ). 1100
  • Geoffrey was one of the ten richest magnates of the reign of William the Conqueror.
  • Geoffrey in 1085 he and Lescelina, his second wife, founded Hurley Priory as a cell of Westminster Abbey
1100-1103
WILLIAM DE MANDEVILLE
  • (DIED) Before 1130
  • He was the son of Geoffrey De Mandeville
  • He was keeper of the first person known to be imprisoned there for political reasons, Ranulf Flambard. When Ranulf escaped King Henry 1st of England confiscated the three richest of William's Essex estates, Sawbridgeworth, Saffron Waldon, and Great Waltham, comprising about a third of his entire holdings, as well as the constableship giving them to Eudo Dapifer, William’s father-in-law
1103-1120
EUDO DAPIFER
(DIED) 1120
  • He was the father-in-law to William De Mandeville
  • Eudo founded St John's Abbey, in Colchester, Essex, on the 28th February 1120
1140-44
GEOFFREY DE MANDEVILLE
  • (DIED) September 1144
  • He was the son of William de Mandeville
  • Geoffrey gained his grandfather Eudo's Dapifer lands and his father's offices during the shifting tides of fortunes of the two competitors for the English throne after King Henry I's death in 1135
  • In 1440, King Stephen of England made Geoffrey Earl of Essex
1144-1153
NO RECORD OF CONSTABLES
1153-79
RICHARD DE LUCIE
  • LIFE-TIME (1089 – 14th July 1179)
  • Richard was the first noted as High Sheriff of Essex
  • He was also Chief Justiciar of England 1154-. September 1178/Easter 1179
1189
WILLIAM LONGCHAMP
  • (DIED) 1197
  • He was Lord Chancellor1189–1197 & Chief Justiciar 1189
  • William was the Bishop of Ely 1189–1197
  • William governed England while King Richard 1st  was on the Third Crusade, but his authority was challenged by King Richard's brother, John, who eventually succeeded in driving Longchamp from power and from England.
1191
WALTER OF COUTANCES
  • (DIED) 16th November 1207
  • He was Archbishop of Rouen 1184–1207 and had been Chief Justiciar 1191–1193
1194
ROGER FITZ RENFRED
  • (DIED) 1196
  • He was the brother of Walter of Coutances
  • Roger had been Sheriff of Sussex 1176–1186 and Sheriff of Berkshire 1186–1189
  • In 1173, Roger was granted custody of Windsor Castle,
1198-1205
GEOFFREY FITZ PETER
  • LIFE-TIME (1162–1213 )
  • He served as High Sheriff of Yorkshire 1198 - 1201 & High Sheriff of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire 1200 -1205
  • King John of England granted Berkhamsted Castle to Geoffrey
  • In 1199 he was made Earl of Essex
1205
ROGER DE LA DUNE
 
OCTOBER 1213
GEOFFREY FITZGEOFFREY DE MANDEVILLE
  • LIFE-TIME (1191 -23rd February 1216 )
  • He was the son of Son of Geoffrey FitzPeter
  • Geoffrey was an opponent of King John and one of the Magna Carta sureties.
  • He was Earl of Essex 1213-1216 & Earl of Gloucester 1214-1216
 
1213
WILLIAM DE CORNHILL
  • (DIED) 1223
  • He was the Archdeacon of Huntingdon and Bishop of Coventry 1214–1223
     
1214
  • EUSTACE DE GREINVILLE
 
1215
STEPHEN LANGTON
  • LIFE-TIME (1150– 9th July 1228 )
  • He was the Archbishop of Canterbury 1207–1228
 
1216 JUNE
TOWER OCCUPIED BY PRINCE LOUIS OF FRANCE
  • LIFE- TIME (5TH September 1187 – 8TH November 1226)
  • He also claimed the title King of England from 1216 to 1217. In 1215, the English barons rebelled against the unpopular King John in the First Barons' War. The barons offered the throne to Prince Louis, who landed unopposed on the Isle of Thanet in eastern Kent, England,
  • Louis also was briefly King of France . Reign 14th July 1223 – 8th November 1226
1217
WALTER DE VERDUN
1220
STEPHEN DE SEAGRAVE
  • LIFE-TIME (1171 – 9th November 1241)
  • He had also been Chief Justiciar of England 1232-34 & High Sheriff of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire 1228–1234
1224
HUGH DE WYNDLESORE
 
1225
THOMAS BLUNVILLE
  • (DIED) August 1236
  • He was Bishop of Norwich 1226–1236
  • Thomas had joint custody of the Tower with John de Boville
 
1227
HENRY FITZ AUCHER
 
1230
RALPH DE GATEL
 
1232 JULY
HUBERT DE BURGH, EARL OF KENT
  • LIFE-TIME 1170 – before 5th May 1243
  • Hubert was the the founder of the de Burgh/Burke/Bourke dynasty in Ireland
  • He had been Chief Justiciar of England 1215–1232
1232
RALPH DE RALEGH
  • He was sub-constable
1233
WILLIAM DE ST. EDMUND
 
1234 &APRIL. 1236
HUGH GIFFARD
.
1235 MARCH
GEOFFREY DE CRANCUMB
1240
WALTER DE GRAY, ARCHBISHOP OF YORK
  • (DIED) 1st May 1255
  • He was Archbishop of York 1216–1255
  • He was Lord Chancellor under King John 1205–1214
  • Walter was present at the signing of Magna Carta in June 1215.
  • Walter hosted King Henry and King Alexander III of Scotland for the Christmas feasts at York
 
1240- SUMMER 1242
BERTRAM DE CRIOYL
  • (DIED) 1256
  • He served as Constable and Keeper of Dover Castle, Keeper of the Coast and of the Cinhque Ports
  • He was joint constable with Walter De Gray, Archbishop Of York
 
1244
PETER DE VALLIBUS
 
1244 24TH JUNE
JOHN DE PLESSETIS
  • (DIED) 26th February 1263
  • He was the 7th Earl of Warwick
 
1246
PETER LE BLUND
 
1256 SEPTEMBER
AYMON THORIMBERGH
 
1257
IMBERT PUGEYS
 
1258
HUGH BIGOD
  • LIFE-TIME 1211 – 1266
  • He was Chief Justiciar of England 1258– 1260 & Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports 1259–1260
 
1261
RICHARD DE CULWURTH
 
1261 MAY
SIR JOHN MANSEL
  • LIFE-TIME 1190/1195 – 1265
  • He served as chancellor to King Henry III and was England's first secretary of state.
 
1261
RICHARD DE TILBURY
 
1262
HUGH LE DESPENCER
  • LIFE-TIME 1223 – 4 th August 1265
  • He was killed fighting on de Montfort's side at the Battle of Evesham,Part of Second Barons' War in August, 1265.
 
1265
ROGER DE LEYBURN
 
1265 OCTOBER
HUGH FITZ OTHO
 
1265 NOVEMBER
JOHN WALERAND AND JOHN DE LA LYNDE (jointly)
 
1265-EASTER -  1268
ALAN LA ZOUCHE
  • LIFE-TIME  1205-1270
 
1268   APRIL
THOMAS DE IPPEGRAVE
 
1268 JULY
STEPHEN DE EDDEVILLE
 
1269
HUGH FITZ OTHO
 
1272
WALTER GIFFARD
  • LIFE-TIME 1225 – April 1279
  • He was Archbishop of York 1266–1279 and Lord Chancellor 1265–1266
 
1273  DECEMBER
JOHN DE BURGH
 
1274
PHILIP BASSET
  • LIFE-TIME 1185 – 19th October 1271
  • Chief Justiciar 1261–1263
1275
ANTONY BEK
  • DIED 3rd March 1311
  • He was Bishop of Durham 1284–1310 & Keeper of the wardrobe from 21st September 1274 JUNE, 1280
 
1280 JUNE
RALPH DE SANDWICH
  • He was Sub-Constable
 
1283
RALPH DE DACRE
 
10TH SEPTEMBER 1285–1308
RALPH DE SANDWICH
  • LIFE-TIME (1235–1308)
  • He was Mayor of London from 1285 to 1293
  • Ralph had been Chief Justice of the Common Pleas 1289–1290
  • He attended King Edward II' England coronation in February 1308
 
1289 FEBRUARY
RALPH BERNERS
 
MARCH, 1308  &MARCH 1327& 1329
JOHN DE CROMWELL, 1ST BARON CROMWELL
 
1321
ROGER DE SWYNNERTON
 
1323 FEBRUARY
STEPHEN DE SEGRAVE
 
1323
WALTER DE STAPLEDON
  • LIFE-TIME (1st February 1261– 14th October 1326)
  • He was Lord High Treasurer 1320–1321 & 1322–1325
  • Walter was Bishop of Exeter 1308–1326
 
1323 NOVEMBER
JOHN DE WESTON
 
1326 NOVEMBER
JOHN DE GISORS AND RICHARD DE BETOIGNE (jointly)
 
1326 DECEMBER
THOMAS WAKE, 2ND BARON WAKE OF LIDDELL
  • TIME-LINE (1297 – 31st May 1349)
 
1328  JUNE
WILLIAM, BARON LA ZOUCHE, OF MORTIMER
 
1335 OCTOBER
NICHOLAS DE LA BECHE
 
1335-44
WILLIAM MONTAGU, 1ST EARL OF SALISBURY
  • He was the 1st Earl of Salisbury, 3rd Baron Montagu, King of Mann
  • William was a loyal servant of King Edward III.
1341
ROBERT DE DALTON
 
 1346 MARCH  -  1347
JOHN, BARON DARCY
 
1347
JOHN, BARON DARCY
  • He was the son of the previous constable.
1355
BARTHOLOMEW DE BURGHERSH, 1ST BARON BURGHERSH
  • DIED 3rd August 1355
  • He was at the Battle of Crécy, Part of the Hundred Years' War 26 August 1346
 
1355
ROBERT DE MORLEY, 2ND BARON MORLEY
 
1361
RICHARD DE LA VACHE
  • DIED 1366
 
1366
SIR ALEYNE DE BOXHULL
 
1381 DECEMBER
SIR THOMAS MURRIEUX
 
1387 MAY
THOMAS HOLLAND, 2ND EARL OF KENT
  • LIFE-TIME (1350/1354 – 25th April 1397)
  • He was a half-brother, King Richard II of England.
  • He fought in the Battle of Nájera, Part of Castilian Civil War
 
 1391 JULY
SIR THOMAS MORREUX
 
JANUARY 1392 - SEPTEMBER 1397&  OCTOBER 1397- AUGUST 1399&NOVEMBER 1406-1413
EDWARD (PLANTAGENET)
  • LIFE-TIME 1373 – 25th October 1415
  • Edward was the grandson of King Edward II of England
  • He was the Duke of York 1402–1415
  • Edward was knighted at the coronation of his cousin, King Richard II, on the 16th July 1377
SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 1397
RALPH DE NEVILLE, 4TH BARON NEVILLE
  • LIFE-TIME 1364 – 21st October 1425 1399–1406
  • SIR THOMAS DE REMPSTON
  • DIED 1406
  • He was present at Richard's abdication, and was one of the witnesses to the form of resignation signed by the king.
  • Thomas Drowned at London Bridge, 31st October 1406
 
1413-15
ROBERT DE MORLEY
 
1415 NOVEMBERty
WILLIAM BOURCHIER 1ST COUNT OF EU
  • LIFE-TIME 1374-28th May 1420
  • He fought at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415
  • William, married Anne of Gloucester, Countess of Stafford, the daughter of the Plantagenet prince, Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester
 
JULY 1420-AUGUST 1420
ROGER ASTON
 
1420 AUGUST
JOHN HOLLAND, EARL OF HUNTINGDON 2ND DUKE OF EXETER
  • LIFE-TIME 18th March 1395– 5th August 1447
  • He was captured by the French in 1421 at the Battle of Baugé but later released
  • In 1435 he was appointed admiral of England, Ireland, and Aquitaine, and in 1439 he was made the king's lieutenant in Aquitaine, and later governor of Aquitaine
 
1447-JULY 1447 1450
JAMES FIENES, LORD SAY
  • LIFE-TIME 1395 – 4th July 1450
  • He had been Lord High Treasurer 1449–1450 & Lord Chamberlain 1447–1450
  • James was Murdered by Jack Cade's mob, 4th July 1450
 
1451 JUNE
HENRY HOLLAND, 3RD DUKE OF EXETER
  • LIFE-TIME 27TH June 1430 – September 1475
  • In 1447 he married Anne Plantagenet , the eight-year-old daughter of Richard of York. However, in the Wars of the Roses, he remained loyal to Henry VI against the Yorkists. He was imprisoned at Wallingford Castle
 
SEPTEMBER, 1460
WILLIAM BOURCHIER, VISCOUNT BOURCHIER
 
DECEMBER 1461-OCTOBER 1470
JOHN TIPTOFT, EARL OF WORCESTER
  • LIFE-TIME 8TH May 1427 – 18TH October 1470
  • John was known as "the Butcher of England
  • He was Executed by Lancastrians at the Tower of London , the 18th October 1470
1470
JOHN SUTTON, BARON DUDLEY
  • LIFE-TIME 25th December 1400 – 30th September 1487
  • John fought in the during the Hundred Years War and the Wars of the Roses,
 
JULY 1483- AUGUST 1485
SIR ROBERT BRACKENBURY
  • DIED 22nd August 1485
JOHN DE VERE, 13THEARL OF OXFORD
  • LIFE-TIME 8th September 1442 – 10th March 1513
  • He was the principal commander of King Henry VII army at the Battle of Bosworth,
  • He bore King Henry VII trail at his coronation in 1485
  • He was also appointed the first Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard.
 
1513 MARCH -1524
SIR THOMAS LOVELL
  • DIED 1524
  • He was Chancellor of the Exchequer of England 1485–1524
 
1524 MAY -1540
SIR WILLIAM KINGSTON
  • LIFE-TIME 1476 14th September 1540
  • William signed the petition to Pope Clement VII for the hastening of the king's Henry VIII of England's divorce, in 1530.
  • He was responsible for were Queen Anne Boleyn, during her imprisonment in May 1536.
  • He had also been Vice-Chamberlain of the Household 1536–1539
 
1540- 1556
SIR JOHN GAGE
  • LIFE-TIME 28th October 1479 – 18th April 1556
  • John was Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1542–1547), Comptroller of the Household (1540–1547),
  • It was John who supervised the arrangements for the execution of Catherine Howard.
 
JULY-AUGUST 1553
EDWARD CLINTON, 9TH BARON CLINTON
  • LIFE-TIME 1512 – 16th January 1584/85
  • Edward's first wife was Elizabeth Blount, Henry VII former mistress and the mother of the King's illegitimate son Henry Fitzroy
 
1556-57
EDWARD BRAYE
  • LIFE-TIME 1492 – 1558
  • He was captain of the Mary Rose, a warship of the English Tudor navy of King Henry VII
 
1557  JANUARY - 1558
SIR ROBERT OXENBRIDGE
  • LIFE-TIME 1508–1574
  • He was made Lieutenant of the Tower of London in 1556
 
1571
PETER CAREW
  • LIFE-TIME 1514 – 27TH November 1575
 
1595        
SIR RICHARD BERKELEY OF STOKE GIFFORD
  • LIFE-TIME 1531– 1604
1605-11
SIR WILLIAM WADE
  • LIFE-TIME 1546 – 21ST October 1623
  • He was Lieutenant of the Tower of London at the time of the Gunpowder Plot and questioned Guy Fawkes.
 
1611- 1615
SIR GERVASE HELWYS
  • LIFE-TIME 1st September 1561 – 20th November 1615
  • Gervase was a Lieutenant of the Tower of London found guilty of complicity in the murder of Sir Thomas Overbury and hanged in 1615.
 
1615-17
SIR GEORGE MORE (LIEUTENANT)
  • LIFE-TIME 28th November 1553 – 16th October 1632
 
1617-30
SIR ALLEN APSLEY
  • LIFE-TIME 1567 – 24th May 1630
 
1641
SIR THOMAS LUNSFORD (LIEUTENANT)
 
1640
FRANCIS, BARON COTTINGTON
  • TIME-LINE 1579– 1652
 
1641
MOUNTJOY BLOUNT, 1ST EARL OF NEWPORT
  • LIFE-TIME 1597–1666
 
1641 DECEMBER - FEBRUARY 1642.
JOHN BYRON, 1ST BARON BYRON
  • LIFE-TIME 1599-23rd August 1652
  • He was a Member of Parliament for Nottinghamshire1628–1629
 
AUGUST 1647- 1650
SIR THOMAS FAIRFAX LORD FAIRFAX OF CAMERON
  • LIFE-TIME 17th January 1612 – 12th November 1671
  • Thomas fought for the Model army in the English civil war.
  • He was also Lord of Mann 1651–1660
 
1660-75
SIR JOHN ROBINSON, 1ST BARONET
  • LIFE-TIME 10th January 1615 – February 1680
  • He was a Member of Parliament for Rye 1661–1679
 
1675-79
JAMES COMPTON, 3RD EARL OF NORTHAMPTON
  • LIFE-TIME 19th August 1622 – 15th December 1681
 
1679- 1685
WILLIAM ALINGTON, 3RD BARON ALINGTON
  • LIFE-TIME 1641 – 1st February 1685
  • Lord Lieutenant of the Tower Hamlets 1681–1685
 
1685 -1688
GEORGE LEGGE, 1ST BARON DARTMOUTH
  • LIFE-TIME 1647 – 1691
  • He was a English naval commander
 
1688 -1702
ROBERT LUCAS, 3RD BARON LUCAS
  • LIFE-TIME 1649 – 31st January 1705
  • Robert was a supporter of William III during the Glorious Revolution
  • He was also Lord Lucas's Regiment of Foot 1702–1705
 
1706 -1710
ALGERNON CAPELL, 2ND EARL OF ESSEX
  • LIFE-TIME 28th December 1670– 10th January 1710
  • Algermon was Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire 1692–1710
 
1710 -1712
RICHARD SAVAGE, 4TH EARL RIVERS
  • TIME-LINE 1654 – 18th August 1712
 
1712 -1715
GEORGE COMPTON, 4TH EARL OF NORTHAMPTON
  • LIFE-TIME 18TH October 1664 – 15TH April 1727
  • He was the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire 1689–1715 and Lord Lieutenant of the Tower Hamlets 1712–1715
 
1715 -1722
CHARLES HOWARD, 3RD EARL OF CARLISLE
  • LIFE-TIME 1669 – 1st May 1738
  • He was a Senior Privy Counsellor 1735–1738 and Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle 1723–1730
 
1723 -1725
HENRY CLINTON, 7TH EARL OF LINCOLN
  • LIFE-TIME 1684– 7th September 1728
  • Henry was Cofferer of the Household 1725–1728
 
1725- 1726
CHARLES PAULET, 3RD DUKE OF BOLTON
  • LIFE-TIME 3rd September 1685– 26 thAugust 1754
 
1726- 1731
HENRY LOWTHER, 3RD VISCOUNT LONSDALE
  • LIFE-TIME 1694– 7th March 1751
  • He was Lord Privy Seal 1733–1735 & Custos Rotulorum of Westmorland 1715–1751
 
1731- 1737
JOHN SIDNEY, 6TH EARL OF LEICESTER
  • LIFE-TIME 14th February 1680– 27th September 1737
  • He was a British MP and Privy Councillor
     
1740 -1762
CHARLES CORNWALLIS, 1ST EARL CORNWALLIS
  • LIFE-TIME 29th March 1700– 23rd June 1762
  • Charles was Lord-Lieutenant of the Tower Hamlets 1740 – 1762
 
1762- 1770
JOHN BERKELEY, 5TH BARON BERKELEY OF STRATTON
  • LIFE-TIME 16th May 1697 – 18th April 1773
  • John was Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard 1743–1746 & Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen Pensioners 1756–1762
 
1770 -1784& 1784 -1805
CHARLES CORNWALLIS, 1ST MARQUESS CORNWALLIS
  • LIFE-TIME 31st December 1738 – 5th October 1805
  • In the United States and the United Kingdom he is best remembered as one of the leading British generals in the American War of Independence.
  • He had been Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 14th June 1798– 27th April 1801
 
1784
THE LORD GEORGE LENNOX
  • LIFE-TIME 29th November 1737 – 25th March 1805
  • Charles was a was a great-grandson of King Charles II of England
  •  In 1772 he was elected Mayor of Chichester
 
1806- 1826
FRANCIS RAWDON-HASTINGS, 1ST MARQUESS OF HASTINGS
  • LIFE-TIME 9th December 1754– 28th November 1826
    He was a British politician and military officer who served as Governor-General of India from 1813 to 1823
  • Francis had also served with British forces for years during the American Revolutionary War and in 1794 during the French Revolutionary Wars.
 
1826- 1852
ARTHUR WELLESLEY, 1ST DUKE OF WELLINGTON
  • LIFE-TIME 1st May 1769 – 14th September 1852
  • Arthur became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom(Caretaker) 14th November 1834– 10th December 1834 and a British Ambassador to France 1814–1815
  • Arthur's His defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 puts him in the first rank of Britain's military heroes.
 
1852 -1865
STAPLETON COTTON, 1ST VISCOUNT COMBERMERE
  • LIFE-TIME 14th November 1773 – 21st February 1865
  • He was a Governor of Barbados 1817–1820 Colonel of the 1st Regiment of Life Guards 1829–1865
 
1865- 1871
SIR JOHN BURGOYNE, BARONET
  • LIFE-TIME (24th July 1782 – 7th October 1871)
  • He was a Inspector-General of Engineers and Director of Work 1862–1868
 
1871- 1872
SIR GEORGE POLLOCK
  • LIFE-TIME 4th June 1786 – 6th October 1872
  • George was a was a British Indian Army officer
 
1872 -1875
SIR WILLIAM MAYNARD GOMM
  • LIFE-TIME 10th November 1784 – 15th March 1875
  • William was Colonel of the Coldstream Guards 1863–1875
 
1875- 1880
SIR CHARLES YORKE
  • LIFE-TIME 7th December 1790 – 20th November 1880
  • He was Colonel-Commandant of the 2nd Battalion, The Prince Consort's Own Rifle Brigade 1863–1880 and a Military Secretary 1854–1860
 
1881
SIR WILLIAM FENWICK WILLIAMS
  • LIFE-TIME 4th December 1800 – 26th July 1883
  • He was a Commander-in-Chief, North America 1859–1865
  • William had fought in the Crimean War
 
1881 -1886
SIR RICHARD JAMES DACRES
  • LIFE-TIME 6th December 1810 – 14th January 1890
  • He fought in the First Anglo-Sikh War and the Second Anglo-Sikh War
  • He was the last Lord Lieutenant of the Tower Hamlets 1887–1889 before it was abolished
 
1886 -1890
ROBERT NAPIER, 1ST BARON NAPIER OF MAGDALA
  • LIFE-TIME 1st August 1816 – 29th January 1898
  • Robert fought at the Battle of Alma
 
1890 -1898
SIR DANIEL LYSONS
1898- 1911
SIR FREDERICK STEPHENSON
  • LIFE-TIME 17th July 1821 – 10th March 1911
  • Frederick fought in the Crimean War, Second Opium War &Mahdist War
  • He had been Colonel of the Coldstream Guards 1892–1911
 
1911 -1919
SIR HENRY EVELYN WOOD
  • LIFE-TIME 9th February 1838– 2nd December 1919
  • Henry did service in the Royal Navy (1854–55) & the British Army (1855–05)
  • He was Colonel of the Royal Horse Guards 1907–1919
  • Henry had fought in numerous wars including Crimean War, Indian Mutiny and the Third Anglo-Ashanti War
 
1920- 1932
PAUL METHUEN, 3RD BARON METHUEN
  • LIFE-TIME 1st September 1845 – 30th October 1932
  • Paul was a Field Marshal in rank
  • He had been awarded the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath & Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order amongst others
  • Paul was also Colonel of the Scots Guards 1904–1932
 
1933- 1938
GEORGE MILNE, 1ST BARON MILNE
  • LIFE-TIME 5th November 1866 – 23rd March 1948
  • George had awards for Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath amongst others
  • He was Master Gunner,St. James's Park 1929–1946
 
1938 1943
SIR CLAUD WILLIAM JACOB
  • LIFE-TIME 21st November 1863 – 2nd June 1948
  • Claud was given awards for Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath amongst others
  • Claud had fought in the First World War and North-West Frontier
  • He had been Military Secretary to the India Office 1926–1930
 
1948 -1950
SIR PHILIP CHETWODE, 7TH BARONET
  • LIFE-TIME 21st September 1869 – 6th July 1950
  • Philip was given awards for Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath amongst others
  • He was also Colonel of the Royal Scots Greys 1925–1947 and had fought in the Second Boer War
 
1950 -1955
ALAN BROOKE, 1ST VISCOUNT ALANBROOKE
  • LIFE-TIME 23rd July 1883 – 17th June 1963
  • He was a Field Marshal in rank
  • Alan fought in the First and Second World War
  • He was given awards for Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath amongst others
  • Alan had been President of the Zoological Society of London (1950–1954) and Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast (1949–1963)
 
1955- 1960
HENRY MAITLAND WILSON, 1ST BARON WILSON
  • LIFE-TIME 5th September 1881 – 31st December 1964
  • Henry was also known as Jumbo Wilson
  • He was a Field Marshal, in rank fighting in the First and the second World War.
  • Henry was given awards for Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath amongst others
 
1960 -1965
HAROLD ALEXANDER, 1ST EARL ALEXANDER OF TUNIS
  • LIFE-TIME10th December 1891 – 16th June 1969
  • He was a Field Marshal in rank , fighting in the First and the second World War.
 
1965 1970
SIR GERALD TEMPLER
  • LIFE-TIME 11th September 1898 – 25th October 1979
  • He was a Field Marshal in rank, fighting in the First and the second World War.
  • Gerald was was given awards for Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath amongst others
  • He had also been Lord Lieutenant of Greater London 1966–1973
 
1970- 1975
SIR RICHARD HULL
  • LIFE-TIME 7th May 1907 – 17th September 1989
  • He was the last Chief of the Imperial General Staff (1961–64) and the first Chief of the General Staff (1964–65)
  • Richard was a Field Marshal, fighting in the Second World War.
  • Richard was given awards for Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath amongst others
 
1975 MAY  - 1980
SIR GEOFFREY BAKER
  • LIFE-TIME 20th June 1912 – 8th May 1980
  • He served in the Second World War and became Director of Operations and Chief of Staff for the campaign against EOKA in Cyprus during the Cyprus Emergency . Geoffrey was a Field Marshal in rank
 
JUNE 1980-JULY 1985
SIR PETER HUNT
  • LIFE-TIME 11th March 1916 – 2nd October 1988
  • He was a General in rank and fought in the Second World War
  • Peter .was given awards for Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath amongst others
  • He had also been Chief of the General Staff 1973–1976 & Comman dant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst1966–1968
 
AUGUST 1985 -JULY 1990
SIR ROLAND    GIBBS
  • LIFE-TIME 22nd June 1921 – 31st October 2004
  • He was a Field Marshal in rank, fighting in the second World War.
  • Roland was given awards for Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath amongst others
  • He had also been Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire 1989–1996
 
AUGUST 1990-JULY 1996
 SIR JOHN WILFRED STANIER
  • LIFE-TIME 6th October 1925 – 10th November 2007
  • He volunteered for the Army in 1943, and having trained at Sandhurst and Bovington,] was commissioned into the 7th Queen's Own Hussars
  • John's was Field Marshal in rank and was given awards for Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath amongst others
 
    AUGUST 1996 -JULY 2001
  • PETER INGE, BARON INGE
  • LIFE-TIME BORN 5th August 1935
  • Peter was a as Field Marshal in rank and was given awards for Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath amongst others.
     
2001 -JULY 2009
PETER INGE, BARON INGE
  • LIFE-TIME BORN 16TH December 1941
  • Roger was a General in rank and fought in the Cyprus Emergency, Operation Banner,Bosnian War and the
    Kosovo War . He was given awards for Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath amongst others
 
2009 AUGUST -JULY 2016
RICHARD DANNATT, BARON DANNATT
  • LIFE-TIME BORN 23rd December 1950
  • Richard was a General in Rank and fought in the The Troubles, Bosnian War and the Kosovo War and was given awards for Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath amongst others.
 
2016
NICK HOUGHTON, BARON HOUGHTON
  • LIFE-TIME BORN 18tth October 1954
  • Nick was a General in Rank and fought in The Troubles and the Iraq War and was given awards for Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath amongst others.

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