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Lord Mayors of London


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The Lord Mayor office was established in 1189 and the elected Mayor is a member of the City of London Corporation. Their main duties are to represent, support and promote British financial sectors. Alongside attending overseas events, they also host foreign ministers and business representatives in the UK. Since 1435, the Lord Mayor of London has been chosen by the Aldermen of the City of London. Voting takes place by a show of hands at Common Hall on Michaelmas Day, 29th September. An individual can serve multiple terms but traditionally they don't serve more than one consecutive term. Dame (Dorothy) Mary Donladson, was the first woman to be elected into office in 1983. The day after being elected into office, a procession takes place from City of London to the Royal Courts of Justice in Westminster. Known as the Lord Mayor's Show, the event has become one of London's most popular events. On the day, the Mayor travels in the city's ornate state coach, one of the oldest ceremonial vehicles still in use.

Sir Thomas White

Sir Thomas White

1495-1567
Lord Mayor of London and founder of St John's College, Oxford
Sitter in 8 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Sir Cuthbert Lowell Ackroyd, 1st Bt

1892-1973
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 4 portraits
Henry Fitz Alan (Alwine)

Henry Fitz Alan (Alwine)

circa 1135-1212
First Lord Mayor of London, 1189-1212
Sitter in 3 portraits
Sir William Ashhurst

Sir William Ashhurst

1647-1720
Lord Mayor of London, banker and politician
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir George Aylwen, 1st Bt

Sir George Aylwen, 1st Bt

1880-1967
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir John James Baddeley, 1st Bt

Sir John James Baddeley, 1st Bt

1842-1926
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 1 portrait
John Barber

John Barber

1676-1741
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 7 portraits
Sir John Barnard

Sir John Barnard

1685-1764
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 8 portraits
Sir Charles Albert Batho, 1st Bt

Sir Charles Albert Batho, 1st Bt

1872-1938
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 1 portrait
William Beckford

William Beckford

1709-1770
Slave owner and politician
Sitter in 15 portraits
Sir Robert Ian Bellinger

Sir Robert Ian Bellinger

1910-2002
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 3 portraits
William Benn

William Benn

died 1755
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 3 portraits
Robert Besley

Robert Besley

1794-1876
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Frank Henry Bowater, 1st Bt

Sir Frank Henry Bowater, 1st Bt

1866-1947
Major and Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 9 portraits
Sir Ian Frank Bowater

Sir Ian Frank Bowater

1904-1982
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 2 portraits
Sir (Thomas) Vansittart Bowater, 1st Bt

Sir (Thomas) Vansittart Bowater, 1st Bt

1862-1938
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 5 portraits
Sir Alfred Louis Bower, 1st Bt

Sir Alfred Louis Bower, 1st Bt

1858-1948
Lord Mayor of London and businessman
Sitter in 2 portraits
Sir (Harold) Leslie Boyce, 1st Bt

Sir (Harold) Leslie Boyce, 1st Bt

1895-1955
Lord Mayor of London and politician
Sitter in 5 portraits
Sir Richard Brown, Bt

Sir Richard Brown, Bt

circa 1602-1669
Parliamentarian army officer, Lord Mayor of London and politician; MP for City of London
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Richard Browne, 1st Bt

Sir Richard Browne, 1st Bt

circa 1610-1669
Parliamentary general and Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 7 portraits
Frederick Bull

Frederick Bull

circa 1714-1784
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir James Cambell

Sir James Cambell

circa 1570-1642
Merchant; Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 4 portraits
Sir Robert Walter Carden, 1st Bt

Sir Robert Walter Carden, 1st Bt

1801-1888
Lord Mayor of London, banker and politician; MP for Gloucester and Barnstaple
Sitter in 3 portraits
Sir Richard Chiverton

Sir Richard Chiverton

active 1657
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 4 portraits
Sir Robert Clayton

Sir Robert Clayton

1629-1707
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 5 portraits
Sir Charles Henry Collett, 1st Bt

Sir Charles Henry Collett, 1st Bt

1864-1938
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 7 portraits
Harvey Christian Combe

Harvey Christian Combe

1752-1818
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 2 portraits
Sir William Cotton

Sir William Cotton

1822-1902
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 2 portraits
Sir William George Coxen, 1st Bt

Sir William George Coxen, 1st Bt

1867-1946
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 5 portraits
Brass Crosby

Brass Crosby

1725-1793
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 3 portraits
Sir Thomas Boor Crosby

Sir Thomas Boor Crosby

circa 1831-1916
Doctor and Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir William Curtis, 1st Bt

Sir William Curtis, 1st Bt

1752-1829
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 10 portraits
Sir Horatio David Davies

Sir Horatio David Davies

1842-1912
Lord Mayor of London and army officer
Sitter in 4 portraits
Sir Polydore de Keyser

Sir Polydore de Keyser

1832-1897
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 3 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Sir (Jonathan) Lionel Percy Denny

1897-1985
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 6 portraits
Sir Joseph Cockfield Dimsdale

Sir Joseph Cockfield Dimsdale

1849-1912
Banker and Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Woolston Dixie

Sir Woolston Dixie

1524 or 1525-1594
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir William Domville, 1st Bt

Sir William Domville, 1st Bt

1742-1833
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 1 portrait
No individual image available for this person

Dame (Dorothy) Mary Donaldson

1921-2003
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 8 portraits
George Rowland Blades, 1st Baron Ebbisham

George Rowland Blades, 1st Baron Ebbisham

1868-1953
Politician, printer and Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 3 portraits
Sir John Whittaker Ellis, 1st Bt

Sir John Whittaker Ellis, 1st Bt

1829-1912
Lord Mayor of London and Conservative politician; MP for Mid-Surrey
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir James Esdaile

Sir James Esdaile

1714-1793
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 2 portraits
Thomas Farncomb

Thomas Farncomb

1779-1865
Merchant and shipowner; Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 2 portraits
George Faudel Faudel-Phillips

George Faudel Faudel-Phillips

circa 1841-1922
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Charles Flower, 1st Bt

Sir Charles Flower, 1st Bt

circa 1763-1834
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Robert Fowler, 1st Bt

Sir Robert Fowler, 1st Bt

1828-1891
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 6 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Sir (Henry) Murray Fox

1912-1999
Lord Mayor of London, 1974-75
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Crisp Gascoyne

Sir Crisp Gascoyne

baptised 1700-1761
Lord Mayor of London; father of Bamber Gascoyne
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Sills John Gibbons, 1st Bt

Sir Sills John Gibbons, 1st Bt

1809-1876
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 1 portrait
William Gill

William Gill

1724-1798
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 1 portrait
No individual image available for this person

Sir Percy Walter Greenaway, 1st Bt

1874-1956
Printer and stationer; Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 6 portraits
Sir Reginald Hanson, 1st Bt

Sir Reginald Hanson, 1st Bt

1840-1905
Lord Mayor of London and politician
Sitter in 3 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Sir (Clement) James Harman

1894-1975
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir William Harper

Sir William Harper

1496-1574
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Rowland Hill

Sir Rowland Hill

circa 1495-1561
Merchant and first Protestant Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Richard Hoare

Sir Richard Hoare

1709-1754
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 4 portraits
Sir (Hamilton) Edward de Coucey Howard

Sir (Hamilton) Edward de Coucey Howard

1915-2001
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 1 portrait
William Hunter

William Hunter

1780 or 1781-1856
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Gilbert Samuel Inglefield

Sir Gilbert Samuel Inglefield

1909-1991
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Henry Aaron Isaacs

Sir Henry Aaron Isaacs

1830-1909
Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 3 portraits

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