In this section we are in the process of compiling a biography for every former Foreign Secretary, with a new one added each month.
A brief but brilliant start to the line of Foreign Secretaries
He presided over a diplomatic revolution by concluding the Anglo-Japanese alliance and the Anglo-French Entente.
A Secretary of State who successfully combined the offices of Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary.
Holds the longest continuous term of any Foreign Secretary
A veteran of the Great Game, noted for his aristocratic disdain and vitriolic wit
Nick-named 'the Holy Fox' due to his passion for hunting and his Christian moral outlook
Spent almost a decade as Foreign Secretary during the struggle against Revolutionary France
The first of the ‘three Whig Earls’ (Granville, Clarendon, Rosebery) at the Foreign Office
A quiet, serious Scot and a great favourite of Queen Victoria
A Nobel Peace Prize winner who tried to prevent further war in Europe