High Sheriff of Belfast

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High Sheriff of Belfast
Incumbent
Lydia Patterson

since 17 January 2014
Style High Sheriff[1]
Appointer Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (on the advice of Belfast City Council)
Term length One year
Inaugural holder Sir James Henderson
Formation 1900

The High Sheriff of Belfast is a title and position which was created in 1900 under the Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898, with Sir James Henderson the first holder. Like other high sheriff positions, it is largely a ceremonial post today. The current High Sheriff is Lydia Patterson, who took office in January 2014.

The High Sheriff is theoretically the judicial representative of the sovereign (the Queen) in the city, while the Lord Lieutenant of Belfast is the Sovereign's personal representative. Today, the office is now largely symbolic with few formal duties other than deputising for the Lord Mayor of Belfast at official events.

Appointments are made on annual basis by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, who asks the outgoing High Sheriff and Belfast City Council to suggest the names of three people who are deemed suitable to hold the position. In recent years the Council has suggested only one candidate, who is normally a member of the Council.[2] The High Sheriff's term of office runs from January to December, which is distinct from the term of office for the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor who take up office in May or June each year.[3]

Prior to 1900 sheriffs were elected by the city council.

List of High Sheriffs[edit]

20th century[edit]

21st century[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Minutes of Monday, 1st November, 2010". Belfast City Council. Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
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  8. ^ "City High Sheriffs", Weekly Irish Times, 13 February 1904
  9. ^ "New High Sheriff of Belfast", Irish Times, 3 February 1905
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  17. ^ "City High Sheriffs", Weekly Irish Times, 8 February 1913
  18. ^ "City High Sheriffs", Irish Times, 31 January 1914
  19. ^ "City High Sheriffs in Ireland", Weekly Irish Times, 6 February 1915
  20. ^ "City High Sheriffs in Ireland", Weekly Irish Times, 5 February 1916
  21. ^ "Irish City High Sheriffs", Irish Times, 31 January 1917
  22. ^ "Viceroy in Belfast", Irish Times, 7 August 1918
  23. ^ "Irish City High Sheriffs", Irish Times, 1 February 1919
  24. ^ Who was who (1967)
  25. ^ "High Sheriff's luncheon", Irish Times, 21 July 1921
  26. ^ "Mr. Alexander McKeag, Belfast", Irish Times, 8 July 1924
  27. ^ "The Lord Lieutenant". Belfast Gazette (34): 326. 3 March 1922. 
  28. ^ "The His Grace the Governor". Belfast Gazette (83): 35. 2 February 1923. 
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  32. ^ "Northern Ireland", Irish Times, 24 February 1927
  33. ^ "Civic affairs in Belfast", Irish Times, 21 January 1930
  34. ^ "Naval officers' visit to Belfast", Irish Times, 19 June 1931
  35. ^ "Belfast Lord Mayoralty", Irish Times, 23 January 1932
  36. ^ Belfast Gazette, 10 February 1933
  37. ^ Belfast Gazette, 2 February 1934, p.1
  38. ^ Belfast Gazette, 7 June 1935
  39. ^ Belfast Gazette, 10 June 1938
  40. ^ Belfast Gazette, 9 June 1939
  41. ^ Belfast Gazette, 6 June 1941
  42. ^ Belfast Gazette, 4 June 1943
  43. ^ Belfast Gazette, 2 June 1944, p.118
  44. ^ "Tributes paid to ex-Lord Mayor; Obituary", Belfast News Letter, 7 January 2003
  45. ^ Belfast Gazette, 31 May 1946
  46. ^ Belfast Gazette, 13 June 1947
  47. ^ Belfast Gazette, 11 June 1948
  48. ^ Belfast Gazette, 16 June 1950
  49. ^ Belfast Gazette, 15 June 1951, p.1
  50. ^ Belfast Gazette, 13 June 1952
  51. ^ Belfast Gazette, 19 June 1953
  52. ^ Water and Water Engineering, Vol.64, p.84
  53. ^ Belfast Gazette, 15 June 1956
  54. ^ Belfast Gazette, 14 June 1957
  55. ^ Belfast Gazette, 27 June 1958
  56. ^ Belfast Gazette, 12 June 1959
  57. ^ Belfast Gazette, 17 June 1960
  58. ^ Belfast Gazette, 16 June 1961
  59. ^ Belfast Gazette, 15 June 1962
  60. ^ Belfast Gazette, 14 June 1963
  61. ^ "Bethany Congregation". Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  62. ^ Belfast Gazette, 18 June 1965
  63. ^ Belfast Gazette, 17 June 1966
  64. ^ Belfast Gazette, 16 June 1967
  65. ^ Belfast Gazette, 14 June 1968
  66. ^ "Former Lord Mayor Sir Myles dies at 72", Belfast Telegraph, 23 February 1998
  67. ^ "Appointments". Belfast Gazette (2634): 251. 26 June 1970. 
  68. ^ Belfast Gazette, 25 June 1971
  69. ^ "Queen petitioned to keep governor", Irish Times, 23 June 1973
  70. ^ "Appointments". Belfast Gazette (2794): 245. 30 June 1972. 
  71. ^ "Ministry of Home Affairs". Belfast Gazette (2898): 416. 29 June 1973. 
  72. ^ Fionnuala O'Connor, "Man at the door without much hope", Irish Times, 20 November 1975
  73. ^ Belfast Gazette, 9 January 1976
  74. ^ Irish Times, 22 February 1977, p.4
  75. ^ "South-east SF group in Shankill tour", Irish Times, 12 October 1978
  76. ^ "Belfast woman elected mayor", Irish Times, 2 June 1981
  77. ^ "Come shopping, appeals Belfast", Irish Times, 2 December 1980
  78. ^ "Northern Ireland Office". Belfast Gazette (3767): 13. 11 January 1980. 
  79. ^ "Woman installed as High Sheriff of Belfast", Irish Times, 7 February 1981
  80. ^ a b "Catholic voted sheriff", Irish Times, 2 November 1982
  81. ^ "New Belfast High Sheriff", Irish Times, 4 February 1984
  82. ^ "Northern Ireland Office". Belfast Gazette (4355): 1. 6 January 1984. 
  83. ^ Belfast Gazette, 28 December 1984
  84. ^ Belfast Gazette, 26 July 1985
  85. ^ "Paisley reaffirms council boycott", Irish Times, 26 November 1986
  86. ^ "Belfast council set to end ban", Irish Times, 23 February 1991
  87. ^ a b c New High Sheriff of Belfast to be sworn in, Belfast City Council
  88. ^ a b c My Belfast Summer 2007
  89. ^ "Death of former Mayor of Belfast", Irish Times, 21 October 1993
  90. ^ Belfast Gazette, 8 January 1993
  91. ^ Belfast Gazette, 7 January 1994
  92. ^ "New High Sheriff for Belfast", Irish Times, 27 February 1996
  93. ^ Nelson McCausland, Democratic Unionist Party
  94. ^ Gary Grattan, "High Sheriff of Belfast sworn in", Belfast Telegraph, 22 January 2003
  95. ^ Belfast Harbour Commissioners' Board Appointments, Department for Regional Development
  96. ^ Tom Campbell, Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
  97. ^ Appointments of Members to Health and Social Services Councils, Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
  98. ^ City Matters Summer 2005
  99. ^ City Matters Spring/Summer 2003
  100. ^ New Lord Mayor of Belfast elected, Belfast City Council
  101. ^ Deputy Lord Mayor David Browne, Belfast City Council
  102. ^ New High Sheriff of Belfast sworn in, Belfast City Council
  103. ^ High Sheriff Frank McCoubrey
  104. ^ [1]
  105. ^ High Sheriff, Belfast City Council
  106. ^ New High Sheriff sworn in, Belfast City Council, 12 January 2012
  107. ^ New High Sheriff sworn in, Belfast City Council, 21 January 2013
  108. ^ [2]