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During the Seven Years’ War, he was blamed for the loss of Minorca and was replaced by the Duke of Devonshire.William Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire – In a government effectively controlled by Pitt the Elder, Devonshire’s administration was brought to end following the dismissal of Pitt by the king, it was replaced by the Second Newcastle Ministry.Augustus Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Grafton – Assumed the top job after Pitt fell ill, his short time in charge mainly involved attempting to restore friendly relations with the American colonies.Better remembered at the time for his colourful private life.He also appeased the ‘great unwashed’ by scrapping Bute’s cider tax.

Although blamed for Britain’s subsequent defeat, many of the military operations were hampered by infighting within the British high command in North America.Dominated the political scene during the reigns of George I and George II.