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List of Attorneys General for England and Wales

Her Majesty's Attorney General for England and Wales, usually known simply as the Attorney General, is one of the Law Officers of the Crown. Along with the subordinate Solicitor General for England and Wales, the Attorney General serves as the chief legal adviser of the Crown and its government in England and Wales. The current Attorney General is Jeremy Wright.

The position of Attorney General has existed since at least 1243, when records show a professional attorney was hired to represent the King's interests in court. The position first took on a political role in 1461 when the holder of the office was summoned to the House of Lords to advise the government there on legal matters. In 1673 the Attorney General officially became the Crown's advisor and representative in legal matters, although still specialising in litigation rather than advice. The beginning of the 20th century saw a shift away from litigation and more towards legal advice, and today the Attorney General delegates most cases to the Crown Prosecution Service and Treasury Counsel.

13th century

  • William de Boneville (1277–1278)
  • William de Giselham (1278–1279)
  • Gilbert de Thornton (1279–1280)
  • Alanus de Walkingham (1280–1281)
  • John le Fawconer (1281–1284)
  • William de Selby (1284–1286)
  • Gilbert de Thornton (1286–1286)
  • William Inge (1286–1289)
  • John de Bosco (1289–1290)

14th century

  • William de Merston (26 February 1327 – 1329)
  • Richard de Aldeburgh (1329–1334)
  • Simon de Trewythosa (c. 1334)
  • William de Hepton (1334–1338)
  • John de Lincoln (28 May 1338 – 4 August 1338)
  • John de Clone (4 August 1338 – 1338)
  • William de Merington (1338–1339)
  • John de Clone (1339–1342)
  • William de Thorpe (1342–1343)
  • John de Lincoln (1343–1343)
  • John de Clone (1343–1349)
  • Simon de Kegworth (1349–1353)
  • Henry de Greystok (1353–1356)
  • John of Gaunt (1356 – 4 May 1360)
  • Richard de Fryseby (4 May 1360 – 1362)
  • William (or possibly Robert) de Pleste (1362–1363)
  • William de Nessefield (1363 – 9 November 1366)
  • Thomas de Shardelow (9 November 1366 – 20 May 1367)
  • John de Ashwell (20 May 1367 – 1367)
  • Michael Skilling (1367–1378)
  • Thomas de Shardelow (1378–1381)
  • William Ellis (1381–1381)
  • Laurence Dru (1381–1384)
  • William de Horneby (1384–1386)
  • Edmund Brudnell (1386–1398)
  • Thomas Coveley (1398 – 30 September 1399)
  • William de Lodington (30 September 1399 – 1401)

15th century

  • Thomas Coveley (1401 – 13 July 1407)
  • Thomas Dereham (13 July 1407 – 17 August 1407)
  • Roger Hunt (17 August 1407 – 1410)
  • Thomas Tickhill (1410 – 16 January 1414)
  • William Babington (16 January 1414 – 1420)
  • William Babthorpe (1420 – 28 October 1429)
  • John Vampage (28 October 1429 – 30 June 1452)
  • William de Nottingham (30 June 1452 – 12 August 1461)
  • John Herbert (12 August 1461 – 1461)
  • Henry Sothill (1461 – 16 June 1471)
  • William Hussey (16 June 1471 – 7 May 1481)
  • William Huddesfield (7 May 1481 – 28 May 1483)
  • Morgan Kidwelly (28 May 1483 – 20 September 1485)
  • William Hody (20 September 1485 – 3 November 1486)
  • James Hobart (3 November 1486 – April 1509)

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17th century

18th century

19th century

20th century

21st century

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