House of Lords Precedence Act 1539

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The House of Lords Precedence Act 1539[1]
Long titleAn Acte for the placing of the Lordes in the Parliament.[2]
Citation31 Hen 8 c 10
Status: Amended
Revised text of statute as amended

The House of Lords Precedence Act 1539 (31 Hen 8 c 10) is an Act of the Parliament of England. It prescribed the order of precedence of members of the House of Lords; however some of it has since been superseded or repealed, and so for the full order of precedence today other sources should also be consulted.

This Act was partly in force in Great Britain at the end of 2010.[3]


The Act set the order of precedence as the Sovereign's children, the "Vicegerent" (Thomas Cromwell), the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Archbishop of York, the bishops, the Lord Chancellor, the Lord High Treasurer, the Lord President of the King's Council, the Lord Privy Seal, the Lord Great Chamberlain, the Lord Constable, the Earl Marshal, the Lord High Admiral, the Lord Steward and the King's Chamberlain, followed by all other dukes, marquesses, earls, viscounts and barons.


The appointment of Thomas Cromwell to the new office of vicegerent, which had been made in the interval between the Parliament of 1536, and that of 1539, the latter of these assemblies seized the earliest moment of confirming by their recognition; avoiding, however, the appearance of the necessity of their sanction, by introducing the fact of appointment and the description of the office into the preamble of this statute, where a matter so weighty otherwise appears to be exceedingly misplaced.[4]

Section 2[edit]

This section, except the words from "And foreasmuch" to "Churche of England", was repealed by Schedule 1 to the Statute Law Revision Act 1948; the unrepealed words are introductory words describing the Sovereign as Head of the Church.

Section 9[edit]

This section was repealed by section 83(3) of, and Part III of Schedule 10 to, the Criminal Justice Act 1948.

Section 10[edit]

In this section, the words "in the Sterr Chamber and" were repealed by Schedule 1 to the Statute Law Revision Act 1948.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The citation of this Act by this short title was authorised by section 5 of, and Schedule 2 to, the Statute Law Revision Act 1948. Due to the repeal of those provisions, it is now authorised by section 19(2) of the Interpretation Act 1978.
  2. ^ These words are printed against this Act in the second column of Schedule 2 to the Statute Law Revision Act 1948, which is headed "Title".
  3. ^ The Chronological Table of the Statutes, 1235 - 2010. The Stationery Office. 2011. ISBN 978-0-11-840509-6. Part I. Page 47, read with pages viii and x.
  4. ^ Sir James Mackintosh. The History of England: From the Earliest Times, to the Year 1588. New Edition. Carey, Lea & Blanchard. Philadelphia. 1836. Page 246.

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