British Offices and Honours

The Right Honourable Richard Austen Butler, Baron Butler of Saffron Walden, K.G., C.H., P.C., D.L.

  • Born: 9 December 1902
  • Died: 8 March 1982

Known as[]

  • 1902-1929: R. A. Butler, Esq.
  • 1929-1939: R. A. Butler, Esq., M.P.
  • 1939-1954: The Rt. Hon. R. A. Butler, M.P.
  • 1954-1965: The Rt. Hon. R. A. Butler, C.H., M.P.
  • 1965-1971 The Lord Butler of Saffron Walden, C.H., P.C., D.L.
  • 1971-1982 The Lord Butler of Saffron Walden, K.G., C.H., P.C., D.L.


  • Marlborough College
  • Pembroke College, Cambridge
  • Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge


Peerage Titles[]

  • Baron Butler of Saffron Walden, 1965

Chivalric Orders[]

Other Honours[]

  • Companion of Honour, 1954
  • Deputy Lieutenant

Other Positions[]

  • President of the Modern Language Assocaition, 1946-1982
  • President of the National Association of Mental Health, 1946-1982
  • President of the Royal Society of Literature, 1951-1982
  • Rector of Glasgow University, 1956-1959
  • High Steward of Cambridge University, 1958-1966
  • Chancellor of Sheffield University, 1960-1978
  • Chancellor of Essex University, 1962-1982
  • High Steward of the City of Cambridge, 1963-1982
  • Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, 1965-1977

Privy Council[]

Parliamentary Seats[]

  • Member of Parliament for Saffron Walden, 1929-1965

Parliamentary Positions[]

Party Positions[]

  • Chairman of the Conservative Research Department, 1945-1965

Preceded by:
Hugh Gaitskell
Chancellor of the Exchequer
Succeeded by:
Harold Macmillan
Preceded by:
Gwilym Lloyd-George
Home Secretary
Succeeded by:
Henry Brooke
Preceded by:
The Earl of Home
Foreign Secretary
Succeeded by:
Patrick Gordon Walker