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Sir Almeric as Clerk to the Privy Council

Research and text by Dr Richard Johnston


Sir Almeric's job placed him at the very heart of the Government process, with regular attendance at the Privy Council, and so was on familiar terms with every one of the important political figures for 25 years, a period that saw major social changes, and the horrors of the First World War. As is only to be expected, his memoirs show him keenly politically astute.


At that time members of the aristocracy still held most of the senior positions in the country, so many of the people that FitzRoy had dealings with were more or less distantly related to him. In his memoirs he frequently gives assessments of the characters of these men, and famously records in 1906 his opinion of one of them, his relative Winston Churchill: Discussion, as understood by him, is an uninterrupted monologue...


Sir Almeric was, of course, no mere "clerk" in the modern sense of the word. He was man of great vigour, very influential, and in addition to his normal role, was a member of a number of important committees and commissions. He remained interested in educational issues, for example, establishing the statutes which secured the mutual independence of the northern "red brick" universities. He was involved organising the ceremonials of State such as coronations and funerals, and was responsible for carrying out the processes involved in the declaration of war in 1914. He was involved in many other events of national and international significance, including, relevantly for the present Middle Eastern conflicts, the Palestinian Mandate, which made Palestine a British Protectorate.



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