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  • Henry Keble, Lord Mayor of London (c.1449 - 1517)
    Sir Henry Keble (died April 1517) was a grocer and Lord Mayor of London in 1510, in the second year of King Henry VIII's reign. Sir Henry was a leading grocer in London. He was a Merchant of the Stap...
  • Sir Ralph Verney, Lord Mayor of London (c.1410 - 1478)
    Sir Ralph Verney, Mercer Sheriff 1456-7. Mayor 1465-6. Knighted 21 May 1471; M.P. London 1459, 1469, 1472; Auditor 1453-5, 1464-5; Master Mercers 1459, 1464, 1471, 1476. Died Jun 1478; Will (PCC 1 L...
  • Sir Thomas Kitson, Kt. (1485 - 1540)
    Thomas Kitson Sir Thomas Kitson (1485 – 11 September 1540) was a wealthy English merchant, Sheriff of London, and builder of Hengrave Hall in Suffolk. Thomas Kitson was the son of Robert Kitson of ...
  • Sir Thomas Bennet, Lord Mayor of London (c.1543 - 1627)
    From Wikipedia: Jump to: navigation, search Sir Thomas Bennett (died 20 February 1627) was an English merchant who was Lord Mayor of London in 1603. Bennett was a city of London merchant and a memb...
  • Robert Taylor, Sheriff of London (c.1530 - 1596)
    Master of the Haberdasher's Company. Robert Taylor, Haberdasher, Alderman Queenhithe, 1592-6, Sheriff 1592-3, (d 31 Dec 1596), had an ONLY dau Rebecca married Sir William Romney. Beavan says Romney was...

From c. 1131–1889, by a charter of Henry I, the livery of the City of London were given the right to elect two sheriffs of "London and Middlesex" on a payment of £300 per annum to the Crown. This continued until 1889, when the Local Government Act 1888 came into force. A separate High Sheriff of Middlesex and High Sheriff of the County of London was thereafter appointed in the same manner as other English and Welsh counties.

Since 1385 when the Court of Common Council stipulated that every future Lord Mayor should "have previously been Sheriff so that he may be tried as to his governance and bounty before he attains to the Estate of Mayor", the shrieval year of an Aldermanic Sheriff is an obligatory trial run for would-be Lord Mayors of London.

In modern times the two Sheriffs are elected on Midsummer's Day every year in Guildhall by the City livery companies. Their duties include attending the Lord Mayor in carrying out his official duties, attending the sessions at the Central Criminal Court in the Old Bailey and presenting petitions from the City to Parliament at the Bar[1] of the House of Commons.


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