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London's Lord Mayor: 1485-1603
Posted on Aug 20, 2002 - 11:36 AM by Bill McCann

The Lord Mayor of London is an ancient elective office which dates from the reign of Richard the Lionheart. In the intervening eight centuries more than seven hundred men and one woman have held this important post. The City of London has always jealously guarded its independence from the Crown and to this day, within the City, the Lord Mayor is second in Precedence only to the reigning Monarch. This major series of nine articles presents a complete list of the Lord Mayors, arranged chronologically according to the reigns in which they served. This article reviews the political situation of London in the Tudor Period, presents the list of Lord Mayors in the reigns of Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I and assesses the characters of each reign.

"It is worthy of observation, that every year, upon St. Bartholomew's Day, when the fair is held, it is usual for the mayor, attended by the twelve principal aldermen, to walk in a neighbouring field, dressed in his scarlet gown, and about his neck a golden chain, to which is hung a golden fleece, {6} and besides, that particular ornament {7} which distinguishes the most noble order of the garter. During the year of his magistracy, he is obliged to live so magnificently, that foreigner or native, without any expense, is free, if he can find a chair empty, to dine at his table, where there is always the greatest plenty. When the mayor goes out of the precincts of the city, a sceptre, a sword, and a cap, are borne before him, and he is followed by the principal aldermen in scarlet gowns, with gold chains; himself and they on horseback. Upon their arrival at a place appointed for that purpose, where a tent is pitched, the mob begin to wrestle before them, two at a time; the conquerors receive rewards from the magistrates. After this is over, a parcel of live rabbits are turned loose among the crowd, which are pursued by a number of boys, who endeavour to catch them, with all the noise they can make. While we were at this show, one of our company, Tobias Salander, doctor of physic, had his pocket picked of his purse, with nine crowns du soleil, which, without doubt, was so cleverly taken from him by an Englishman who always kept very close to him, that the doctor did not in the least perceive it." [ Travels in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth by Paul Hentzner, 1598.]

Henry VII began his reign 22nd August 1485
Regnal Year
1st Henry VIISir William Stokker
John Warde
Sir Hugh Bryce
2nd Henry VIIHenry Colet1486-87
3rd Henry VIIWilliam Horne1487-88
4th Henry VIIRobert Tate1488-89
5th Henry VIIWilliam White1489-90
6th Henry VIIJohn Mathewe1490-1
7th Henry VIIHugh Clopton1491-92
8th Henry VIIWilliam Martin1492-93
9th Henry VIIRalph Ashtry1493-94
10th Henry VIIRichard Chawry1494-95
11st Henry VIISir Henry Colet1495-96
12nd Henry VIIJohn Tate1496-97
13rd Henry VIIWilliam Purchase1497-98
14th Henry VIISir John Percyvale1498-99
15th Henry VIINicholas Ailwyn1499-1500
16th Henry VIIWilliam Remyngton1500-1
17th Henry VIISir John Shaa1501-02
18th Henry VIIBartholomew Rede1502-03
19th Henry VIISir William Capel1503-04
20th Henry VIIJohn Wynger1504-05
21st Henry VIIThomas Kneseworth1505-06
22nd Henry VIISir Richard Haddon1506-07
23rd Henry VIIWilliam Browne1507-08
24th Henry VIISir Lawrence Aylmer
Stephen Jenyns

Henry VIII began his reign 22nd of April 1509
Regnal Year
1st Henry VIIIThomas Bradbury1509-10
2nd Henry VIIISir William Capel
Henry Kebyll
3rd Henry VIIIRoger Acheley1511-2
4th Henry VIIIWilliam Copynger1512-3
5th Henry VIII,Sir Richard Haddon1513-4
6th Henry VIIISir John Tate/George Monoux1514-5
7th Henry VIIIWilliam Boteler1515-6
8th Henry VIIIJohn Rest1516-7
9th Henry VIIIThomas Exmewe1517-8
10th Henry VIIIThomas Mirfin1518-9
11st Henry VIIIThomas Yarford1519-20
12nd Henry VIIIJohn Brugde1520-1
13rd Henry VIIIJohn Milbourne1521-2
14th Henry VIIIJohn Mundy1522-3
15th Henry VIIIThomas Baldry1523-4
16th Henry VIIIJohn Aleyn1524-5
17th Henry VIIIWilliam Bayley1525-6
18th Henry VIIISir Thomas Semer1526-7
19th Henry VIIIJames Spencer1527-8
20th Henry VIIIJohn Rudstone1528-9
21st Henry VIIIRalph Dodmer1529-30
22nd Henry VIIIThomas Pargeter1530-1
23rd Henry VIIINicholas Lambarde1531-2
24th Henry VIIIStephen Pecocke1532-3
25th Henry VIIIChristopher Ascue1533-4
26th Henry VIIISir John Champneys1534-5
27th Henry VIIISir John Aleyn1535-6
28th Henry VIIIRalph Warren1536-7
29th Henry VIIISir Richard Gresham1537-8
30th Henry VIIIWilliam Forman1538-9
31st Henry VIIISir William Hollyes1539-40
32nd Henry VIIIWilliam Roche1540-1
33rd Henry VIIIMichael Dormer1541-2
34th Henry VIIIJohn Cotes1542-3
35th Henry VIIIWilliam Bowyer1543-4
36th Henry VIIISir Ralph Warren
William Laxton
37th Henry VIIISir Martin Bowes1545-6
38th Henry VIIIHenry Huberthorn1546-7

Edward VI began his reign 28th January 1546
Regnal Year
1st Edward VISir John Gresham1547-8
2nd Edward VIHenry Amcotts1548-9
3rd Edward VISir Rowland Hill1549-50
4th Edward VIAndrew Judde1550-1
5th Edward VIRichard Dobbis1551-2
6th Edward VIGeorge Barne1552-3

Mary began her reign 6th July 1553
Regnal Year
1st MaryThomas Whyte1553-4
2nd MaryJohn Lyon1554-5
3rd MaryWilliam Garrarde1555-6
4th MaryThomas Ofley1556-7
5th MaryThomas Curtes1557-8
6th MaryThomas Leigh1558-9

Elizabeth I began her reign 17th November 1558
Regnal Year
1st Elizabeth IWilliam Hewet1559-60
2nd Elizabeth ISir William Chester1560-1
3rd Elizabeth IWilliam Harper1561-2
4th Elizabeth IThomas Lodge1562-3
5th Elizabeth IJohn Whyte1563-4
6th Elizabeth IRichard Malorye1564-5
7th Elizabeth IRichard Champyon1565-6
8th Elizabeth IChristopher Draper1566-7
9th Elizabeth IRoger Martyn1567-8
10th Elizabeth IThomas Rowe1568-9
11th Elizabeth IAlexander Avenon1569-70
12th Elizabeth IRowland Heyward1570-1
13th Elizabeth IWilliam Allen1571-2
14th Elizabeth ILionel Duckett1572-3
15th Elizabeth IJohn Ryvers1573-4
16th Elizabeth IJames Hawes1574-5
17th Elizabeth IAmbrose Nicholas1575-6
18th Elizabeth IJohn Langley1576-7
19th Elizabeth IThomas Ramsey1577-8
20th Elizabeth IRichard Pype1578-9
21st Elizabeth INicholas Woodroffe1579-80
22nd Elizabeth IJohn Branche1580-1
23rd Elizabeth IJames Harvye1581-2
24th Elizabeth IThomas Blanke1582-3
25th Elizabeth IEdward Osborne1583-4
26th Elizabeth IThomas Pullyson1584-5
27th Elizabeth IWolstan Dixie1585-6
28th Elizabeth IGeorge Barne1586-7
29th Elizabeth IGeorge Bonde1587-8
30th Elizabeth IRt Hon Martin Calthrop1588-9
31st Elizabeth IRichard Martin
John Harte
32nd Elizabeth IJohn Allott1590-1
33rd Elizabeth ISir Rowland Heyward
William Webbe
34th Elizabeth IWilliam Rowe1592-3
35th Elizabeth ICuthbert Buckell1593-4
36th Elizabeth ISir Richard Martin
Sir John Spencer
37th Elizabeth IStephen Slanye1595-6
38th Elizabeth IThomas Skinner
Henry Billingsley
39th Elizabeth IRichard Saltonstall1597-8
40th Elizabeth IStephen Soame1598-9
41st Elizabeth INicholas Mosley1599-1600
42nd Elizabeth IWilliam Ryder1600-1
43rd Elizabeth IJohn Garrarde1601-2
44th Elizabeth IRobert Lee1602-3

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