High Sheriff of East Sussex
The office of High Sheriff is over 1000 years old, with its establishment before the Norman Conquest. The Office of High Sheriff remained first in precedence in the counties until the reign of Edward VII when an Order in Council in 1908 gave the Lord-Lieutenant the prime office under the Crown as the Sovereign's personal representative. The High Sheriff remains the Sovereign's representative in the County for all matters relating to the Judiciary and the maintenance of law and order.
Prior to 1974, there was one High Sheriff for the whole of Sussex.
Roles and responsibilities
- High Sheriffs are responsible in the Counties of England and Wales for duties conferred by the Crown through Warrant from the Privy Council, including:
- Attendance at Royal visits to the County
- The wellbeing and protection of Her Majesty's High Court Judges when on Circuit in the County and attending them in Court during the legal terms
- The execution of High Court Writs and Orders (which is mainly achieved through the Under Sheriff)
- Acting as the Returning Officer for Parliamentary Elections in County constituencies
- Responsibility for the proclamation of the accession of a new Sovereign
- The maintenance of the loyalty of subjects to the Crown
High Sheriffs of East Sussex
- 1974–1975: Joseph Rank, of Hartfield
- 1975–1976: Thomas Egerton, of Robertsbridge
- 1976–1977: Lawrence Hardy, of Dane Hill
- 1977–1978: Arthur Sturge MC, of Wadhurst
- 1978–1979: Reginald Edwardes-Jones, of Wadhurst
- 1979–1980: Christopher Bridge, of Firle
- 1980–1981: Thomas Halliday Baskerville Mynors, of Moseham House 
- 1981–1982: Major Michael Reid, of Wadhurst
- 1982–1983: Hon. Oliver Piers St. Aubin MC, of Woodside House, Barcombe, Lewes 
- 1983–1984: Lieutenant-Colonel Rodney Onslow Dennys CVO OBE
- 1984–1985: Capt Samuel Lombard-Hobson CVO OBE, of Laughton
- 1985–1986: Michael Toynbee, of Wadhurst
- 1986–1987: Rupert Cyster OBE, of Rye
- 1987–1988: Timothy Jones, of Berwick
- 1988–1989: Edward Hardcastle TD, of Wadhurst
- 1989–1990: David Baker JP, of Laughton
- 1990–1991: Peter Dunn JP, of Rushlake Green
- 1991–1992: Roderick Petley, of Heathfield
- 1992–1993: Ian Cox, of Brightling
- 1993–1994: Andrew Stewart-Roberts of Offham
- 1994–1995: Lady (Jane) Lloyd of Berwick
- 1995–1996: Alan Mayes-Smith
- 1996–1997: John Fooks
- 1997–1998: John Whitmore
- 1998–1999: Gillian Evelyn Schluter, Viscountess Brentford OBE
- 1999–2000: Keith Miller
- 2000–2001: William de Salis
- 2001–2002: Richard Carden
- 2002–2003: David Pennock
- 2003–2004: Alastair Ainslie
- 2004–2005: Julian Avery
- 2005–2006: David Tate OBE
- 2006–2007: Amanda Caroline Hamblin
- 2007–2008: Caroline Anne Mayhew
- 2008–2009: Hugh Thomas Burnett OBE of Hove 
- 2009–2010: William Thomas Cornelius Shelford of Lewes
- 2010–2011: Deborah Clare Melanie Bedford of Ringmer, Lewes
- 2011–2012: Mrs Kathy A. Gore DL of Ringmer, Lewes 
- 2012-2013: David Allam DL 
- 2013-2014: Graham Peters DL of Bodiam 
- 2014–2015: Christopher J M Gebbie of Norlington Lane, Ringmer
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