Poets Laureate

Unofficial English Poets Laureate

Before the creation of the official title, several monarchs appointed their own personal poets

Poet

Appointed by

Gulielmus Peregrinus

Richard Coeur de Lion

Master Henry of Avranches

Henry III

Robert Whittington

Richard II

Geoffrey Chaucer

Edward III

John Kay

Edward IV

Bernard Andre of Toulouse

Henry VII

John Skelton

Henry VIII

Edmund Spenser

Elizabeth I

Samuel Daniel

Elizabeth I

Ben Jonson

Charles I

Sir William D’Avenant

Charles I

 

Official British / English Poets Laureate

 

Poet

Appointed by

Dates

John Dryden

Charles II, James II

1668-1689

Thomas Shadwell

William III and Mary II

1689-1692

Naham Tate

William III and Mary II, William III, Anne, George I

1692-1715

Nicholas Rowe

George I

1715-1718

Laurence Eusden

George I, George II

1718-1730

Colley Cibber

George II

1730-1757

William Whitehead

George II, George III

1757-1785

Thomas Warton

George III

1785-1790

Henry James Pye

George III, George IV

1790-1813

Robert Southey

George IV, William IV, Victoria

1813-1843

William Wordsworth

Victoria

1843-1850

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Victoria

1850-1892

Alfred Austin

Victoria, Edward VII, George V

1896-1913

Robert Bridges

George V

1913-1930

John Masefield

George V, Edward VIII, George VI, Elizabeth II

1930-1967

Cecil Day-Lewis

Elizabeth II

1968-1972

Sir John Betjeman

Elizabeth II

1972-1984

Ted Hughes

Elizabeth II

1984-1998

Andrew Motion

Elizabeth II

1999-2009

Carol Ann Duffy

Elizabeth II

2009-

Created 03 July 2018