List of Lord Wardens

Lord Warden is a 13th century term: prior to that the office was known as the Keeper of the Coast.
There is some uncertainty about the early incumbents and the exact dates when they held office.
We are grateful to Dover Museum for the following list.


Keepers of the Coast in italics

11th Century
1045-1053 Godwin, Earl of Wessex
1053-1066 Harold Godwinson, Earl of Wessex (later King Harold II)
1066 Bertram Ashburnham
1066 William de Peverell (appointed by the Conqueror)
1066-1084 Odo, Bishop of Bayeux and Earl of Kent, Keeper of the Coast:  Odo, Bishop of Bayeux (1066-1084)
1084 -1085 John de Fiennes
1085–1111 James de Fiennes (son of John)
1111–1138 John de Fiennes (son of James)

12th Century

1138 Walkelin de Magminot
1138-1153 Prince Eustace of Boulogne (son of King Stephen)
1153-1154 Wakelin de Magminot
1154-1169 Robert Fitz-Bernard
1169-1187 Hugo de Mara
1187-1190 Alan de Valeines (or Valoines)
1190-1195 Matthew de Clera
1195-1201 William de Wrotham

13th Century
1201-1202 Thomas Basset, Lord Hedenden
1202-1203 Hubert de Burgh, 1st Earl of Kent
1203-1204 William de Huntingfield
1204-1207 William de Longspee, Keeper of the Coast:3rd Earl of Salisbury(known as ‘Longsword’ )William de Warenne, 6th Earl of Surrey (1204-1205)
1207-1213 Geoffrey Fitzpier, Earl of Essex
1213-1215 William Briwere, Lord Torbay Keeper of the Coast:William de Warenne (1214)
1215-1220  1st Earl of Kent, Hubert de Burgh Keeper of the Coast:Hubert de Burgh, (1215-1220)
1220 Henry de Braibroc
1221-1223 Robert de Nereford (Hereford)
1223 Hugh de Windsor
1223-1224 Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury
1224-1225 Geoffery de Lucy, Lord Newington
1225 Hubert de Hoese (Hose or Hussey)
1225-1226 Geoffrey de Surland
1226-1227 William de Averanch, Lord Folkestone Keeper of the Coast:William de Averanch (1st true Lord Warden & Constable)
1227 Bertram de Crioill, Lord Albury Bertram de Crioill
1227-1232 Hubert de Burgh, 1st Earl of Kent Robert de Auberville (1228-1235)
1232 Henry de Hoese, Lord Hastings
1232-1235 Stephen, Lord de Segrove (Segrave) Keeper of the Coast:Walerland Teutonicus (1235)
1235 Humphrey de Bohun, 3rd Earl of Hereford Keeper of the Coast:Hamo de Crevequer, Lord Leeds (1235)
1236 Bertram de Crioill Keeper of the Coast:Peter de Rivaux (1236)
1236-1241 Henry de Hoese, Lord Hastings Keeper of the Coast:Humphrey de Bohun, 3rd Earl of Hereford (1241)
1241-1242 Peter de Savoy, Earl of Richmond Keeper of the Coast:Peter de Savoy
1242-1255 Bertram de Crioill
1256-1258 Reginald de Cobham of Allington, 1st Baron Cobham Keeper of the Coast: Reginald de Cobham
1258 Sir Roger Northwode Keeper of the Coast:Sir Roger Northwode
1258 Nicholas de Moels, Lord Caddebury Keeper of the Coast:Nicholas de Moels
1258-1259 Richard de Grey, Lord Condor Richard de Grey
1259-1261 Hugh de Bigod Keeper of the Coast:Nicholas de Crioill  (1260-1263)
1261-1262 Robert de Walerand, Lord Kilpek
1262 Walter de Burgsted Keeper of the Coast: Walter de Burgsted (1263)
1263 Robert de Walerand
1263 Richard de Grey, Lord Condor Keeper of the Coast:Hamo de Crevequer, Baron Chatham (1263)
1263 Prince Edmund (son of Henry III) jointly with Robert de Gascoyne Keeper of the Coast:Humphrey de Bohun, 3rd Earl of Hereford  (1264)
1263 Henry de Sandwich, Bishop of London
1263 John de Haia
1263 Richard de Grey, Lord Condor
1263-1264 Sir Roger de Leybourne………..
1264-1265 Henry de Montfort…………
1265 Matthew de Hastings…………
1265 Sir Roger de Leybourne…………
1265-1266 Prince Edward, (King Edward I)…………
1266 -1267 Sir Matthew de Bezille………..

1264-1267: The Second Baron’s War – a period of great instability, when Dover Castle changed hands several times in quick succession.



(Henceforth the offices of Constable and Lord Warden have always been combined)

1267-1298 Sir Stephen de Pencester
1298-1306 Robert de Burghersh, 1st Baron Burghersh

14th Century
1306-1307 Henry Cobham, 1st Baron Cobham
1307-1315 Robert de Kendall
1315 Henry Cobham, 1st Baron Cobham
1315-1320 Robert de Kendall
1320-1321 Bartholomew Badlesmere, 1st Baron Badlesmere
1321 Sir Hugh le Despenser, 1st Earl of Winchester
1321-1323 Edmund “of Woodstock”, Earl of Kent (son of Edward I)
1323-1324 Sir John Peche, Baron Wormleighton
1324-1325 Robert de Kendall
1325-1326 Ralph Basset, 3rd Baron Basset de Drayton
1326-1327 Robert de Kendall
1327-1330 Bartholomew de Burghersh, 1st Baron Burghersh
1330-1343 William Clinton, 1st Earl of Huntingdon
1343-1355 Bartholomew de Burghersh, 1st Baron Burghersh
1355-1359 Roger Mortimer, 2nd Earl of March
1359-1360 John Baron Beauchamp de Somerset
1361-1364 Sir Richard de Herle of Broughton
1364-1369 Ralph, Baron Spigurnell
1369-1371 Sir Richard de Peinbrugge
1371-1372 Andrew de Guldeford
1372-1376 William Latymer, 4th Baron Latymer
1376 Sir Thomas Reines
1376 -1381 Edmund of Langley, Earl of Cambridge and Duke of York
1381-1384 Sir Robert Assheton
1384-1388 Sir Simon de Burley
1388-1393 John Devereux, 2nd Baron Devereux
1393-1396 John Beaumont, 4th Baron Beaumont
1396-1398 Edmund of Langley, Duke of York and Aumerle
1398-1399 John Beaufort, 1st Marquess of Dorset
1399-1409 Sir Thomas Erpyngham

15th Century
1409-1413 Henry, Prince of Wales (King Henry V)
1413-1415 Thomas Fitzalan, 12th Earl of Arundel and 10th Earl of Surrey
1415-1447 Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester
1447-1450 James Fiennes, 1st Baron Saye and Sele
1450-1460 Humphrey Stafford, 1st Duke of Buckingham
1460 Richard Woodville, 1st Earl Rivers
1460-1470 Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick
1470 William Fitz-Alan, Earl of Arundel
1470-1471 Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick
1471-1487 William Fitz-Alan, Earl of Arundel
1488-1492 Philip Fitz Lewes
1492-1493 Sir William Scott of Brabourne
1493-1509 Prince Henry, Duke of York (King Henry VIII)

16th Century
1509-1521 Sir Edward Poynings (previously deputised for Prince Henry from 1505)1521George Neville, 5th Baron Bergavenny
1521-1533 Sir Edward Guilford
1533-1536 George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford1536Henry Fitzroy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset
1536-1539 Sir Thomas Cheyne
1539-1542 Arthur Plantagenet, 1st Viscount Lisle
1542-1558 Sir Thomas Cheyne
1558-1597 William Brooke, 10th Baron Cobham
1597-1603 Henry Brooke, 11th Baron Cobham

17th Century
1604-1614 Henry Howard, 1st Earl of Northampton
1614-1615 Robert Carr, 1st Earl of Somerset
1615-1624 Edward Zouche, 11th Baron Zouche of Haryngworth
1624-1628 George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham
1628-1640 Theophilus Howard, 2nd Earl of Suffolk
1640-1642 James Stewart (Stuart), 1st Duke of Richmond and 4th Duke of Lennox
1642-1646 Sir Edward Boys
1646-1648 Major John Boys
1648-1651 Sir Algernon Sidney
1651-1654 Lt-Colonel Thomas Kelsey
1654 -1657 Admiral Robert Blake, jointly ‘in commission’ with Colonel Lambert (1654-1659)
1660 Heneage Finch, 3rd Earl of Winchelsea
1660-1669 Prince James, Duke of York and Albany
1669-1689 Heneage Finch, 3rd Earl of Winchelsea
1689-1691 Colonel John Beaumont
1691-1702 Henry Sydney, 1st Earl of Romney

18th Century
1702-1708 Prince George of Denmark (consort of Queen Anne)
1708-1713 Lionel Sackville, 7th Earl of Dorset
1713-1714 James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde
1714-1717 Lionel Sackville, 7th Earl of Dorset
1717-1728 John Sidney, 6th Earl of Leicester
1728-1765 Lionel Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset
1765-1778 Robert D’arcy, 4th Earl of Holderness
1778-1792 Frederick Lord North (2nd Earl of Guilford from 1790)
1792-1805 William Pitt the Younger

19th Century
1806-1828 Robert Banks Jenkinson, Lord Hawkesbury, 2nd Earl of Liverpool
1829-1852 Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
1853-1860 James Andrew Broun Ramsey, 1st Marquess of Dalhousie
1861-1865 Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston
1866-1891 George Leveson Gower, 2nd Earl Granville
1891 William Henry Smith
1891-1895 Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st Marquess of  Dufferin and Ava
1895-1903 Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury

20th Century
1904-1905 George Nathaniel Curzon, 1st Baron Curzon of Kedleston
1905-1907 Prince George, Prince of Wales (King George V)
1908-1913 Thomas Brassey of Hythe, 1st Earl Brassey
1913-1934 William Lygon, 7th Earl Beauchamp
1934-1935 Rufus Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading
1936-1941 Freeman Freeman-Thomas, 1st Marquess of Willingdon
1941-1965 Sir Winston Churchill
1966-1978 Sir Robert Menzies
1978-2002 HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

21st Century
From 2004 Admiral of the Fleet, the Lord Boyce