List of Provosts and Lord Provosts of Aberdeen

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The Lord Provost of Aberdeen is the convener of the Aberdeen City local authority in Scotland.

They are elected by the city council and serve not only as the chair of that body, but as a figurehead for the entire city. They are equivalent in many ways to the institution of Mayor that exists in many other countries.

Each of the 32 Scottish local authorities elects a Convener or Provost, but only the cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee have a Lord Provost. This was confirmed in the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973[1] and subsequently in the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994[2]

Since 1899, the Lord Provost of Aberdeen, has also been ex officio the Lord-Lieutenant of the city. Following local government re-organisation brought about by the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994, this arrangement was confirmed in the Lieutenancies Act 1997.[3]

13th Century[edit]

  • (1272–1273) Richard Cementarius
  • (1273–1274) Mathew Greatheued
  • (1281–1282) Mathew Greatheued
  • (1284–1285) Malcolm de Pelgoneni

14th Century[edit]

  • (1309–1310) Duncan de Malanell
  • (1321–1322) Duncan Kynnedy
  • (1326–1329) Symon Gelehach
  • (1329–1332) William Strabrock
  • (1332–1333) Symon Gelehach
  • (1333–1335) William Strabrock
  • (1340–1341) Colin Adamson
  • (1341–1342) David Fyngask
  • (1343–1344) Thomas Mercer
  • (1348–1349) Thomas Lynton
  • (1349–1351) Robert Edynhame
  • (1351–1356) William Leith
  • (1361–1363) Thomas Mercer
  • (1366–1367) Laurence Garoock
  • (1367–1368) Laurence de Foty
  • (1372–1374) William Leith
  • (1382–1383) Alexander Bannerman
  • (1383–1384) John Tulloh
  • (1385–1391) Laurence de Foty
  • (1391–1395) William de Camera
  • (1395–1396) William Andrewson
  • (1396–1399) William de Camera
  • (1399–1401) Adam de Benyn

15th Century[edit]

  • (1401–1404) Laurence de Leith
  • (1404–1405) William de Camera II
  • (1405–1409) Robert Davidson
  • (1409–1410) John Fichet
  • (1410–1411) Robert Davidson
  • (1411–1412) Andrew Giffard
  • (1412–1413) Thomas de Camera
  • (1413–1415) William Jackson
  • (1416–1417) Thomas Roull
  • (1419–1420) Thomas Giffard
  • (1420–1421) John Vaus
  • (1421–1423) William Kintore
  • (1423–1424) Gilbert Menzies
  • (1424–1425) William Kintore
  • (1425–1426) John Vaus
  • (1426–1428) Gilbert Menzies
  • (1428–1431) John Vaus
  • (1431–1435) Thomas de Camera
  • (1435–1436) John de Scroggs I
  • (1436–1437) John Vaus
  • (1437–1438) John de Fyfe
  • (1438–1439) Thomas de Camera
  • (1439–1440) Gilbert Menzies
  • (1440–1441) John de Fyfe
  • (1441–1442) Mathew Fichet
  • (1442–1443) John Marr
  • (1444–1446) John Vaus
  • (1446–1447) Alexander de Camera
  • (1447–1448) William Scherar
  • (1448–1449) John de Fyfe
  • (1449–1451) John de Scroggs II
  • (1451–1453) John de Fyfe
  • (1453–1454) John Marr
  • (1454–1455) Andrew Menzies
  • (1455–1456) John de Scroggs II
  • (1456–1458) John de Fyfe
  • (1458–1461) Richard Kintore
  • (1461–1462) Andrew Menzies
  • (1462–1467) Richard Kintore
  • (1467–1470) Alexander Chalmers
  • (1470–1471) Andrew Alanson
  • (1471–1472) Richard Kintore
  • (1472–1473) Andrew Scherar
  • (1473–1474) Andrew Alanson
  • (1474–1475) Alexander Chalmers
  • (1475–1476) Alexander Menzies
  • (1476–1477) Andrew Scherar
  • (1477–1478) Alexander Chalmers
  • (1478–1479) Andrew Scherar
  • (1479–1480) Alexander Chalmers
  • (1480–1481) Alexander Menzies
  • (1481–1482) James Leslie
  • (1482–1483) Robert Blinseile
  • (1483–1484) Sir John Rutherford
  • (1484–1485) Alexander Chalmers
  • (1485–1486) Sir John Rutherford
  • (1486–1487) Alexander Menzies
  • (1487–1488) Sir John Rutherford
  • (1488–1489) David Menzies
  • (1489–1491) Sir John Rutherford
  • (1491–1492) John Cullen
  • (1492–1493) Sir John Rutherford
  • (1493–1494) Alexander Reid
  • (1494–1495) David Menzies
  • (1495–1496) Alexander Chalmers
  • (1496–1501) Sir John Rutherford

16th Century[edit]

  • (1501–1504) Alexander Menzies
  • (1504–1505) John Leslie
  • (1505–1507) Andrew Cullen
  • (1507–1514) Gilbert Menzies
  • (1514–1516) John Mar
  • (1516–1521) Gilbert Menzies
  • (1521–1522) John Collison
  • (1522–1525) Gilbert Menzies
  • (1525–1526) Thomas Menzies
  • (1526–1533) Gilbert Menzies
  • (1533–1535) Thomas Menzies
  • (1535–1536) Andrew Cullen
  • (1536–1537) Gilbert Menzies
  • (1537–1545) Thomas Menzies
  • (1545–1547) George Gordon, 4th Earl of Huntly
  • (1547–1576) Thomas Menzies
  • (1576–1588) Gilbert Menzies
  • (1588–1590) Thomas Menzies
  • (1590–1591) Alexander Cullen
  • (1591–1592) Alexander Rutherford
  • (1592–1593) Sir Thomas Menzies
  • (1593–1594) John Cheyne
  • (1594–1595) John Collison
  • (1595–1596) Sir Thomas Menzies
  • (1596–1597) Alexander Rutherford
  • (1597–1598) Alexander Chalmers
  • (1598–1599) Alexander Rutherford
  • (1599–1600) Alexander Cullen

17th Century[edit]

  • (1600–1601) Alexander Rutherford
  • (1601–1602) Alexander Cullen
  • (1602–1603) Sir Thomas Menzies
  • (1603–1604) Alexander Rutherford
  • (1604–1605) David Menzies
  • (1605–1606) Alexander Rutherford
  • (1606–1607) Alexander Cullen
  • (1607–1608) Alexander Rutherford
  • (1608–1609) Alexander Cullen
  • (1609–1610) Alexander Rutherford
  • (1610–1611) Alexander Cullen
  • (1611–1615) Alexander Rutherford
  • (1615–1620) Sir Thomas Menzies
  • (1620–1622) David Rutherford
  • (1622–1623) George Nicholson
  • (1623–1634) Sir Paul Menzies
  • (1634–1635) Sir Patrick Leslie
  • (1635) Sir Paul Menzies
  • (1635) Robert Johnston
  • (1635–1637) Alexander Jaffray
  • (1637–1638) Robert Johnston
  • (1638–1639) Alexander Jaffray
  • (1639–1641) Sir Patrick Leslie
  • (1641–1642) Alexander Jaffray
  • (1642–1644) Sir Patrick Leslie
  • (1644–1645) Sir Robert Farquhar
  • (1645–1647) Thomas Gray
  • (1647–1648) Sir Patrick Leslie
  • (1648–1649) Thomas Gray
  • (1649–1650) Alexander Jaffray
  • (1650–1651) Sir Robert Farquhar
  • (1651–1652) Alexander Jaffray
  • (1652–1655) George Morison
  • (1655–1656) Thomas Gray
  • (1656–1657) George Cullen
  • (1657–1660) John Jaffray
  • (1660–1662) Gilbert Gray
  • (1662–1663) William Gray
  • (1663–1664) Gilbert Gray
  • (1664–1666) Robert Petrie
  • (1666–1667) Gilbert Gray
  • (1667–1671) Robert Petrie
  • (1671–1674) Robert Forbes
  • (1674–1675) Robert Petrie
  • (1676–1685) Sir George Skene
  • (1685–1688) George Leslie
  • (1688–1690) Alexander Gordon
  • (1690–1691) John Sandilands
  • (1691–1695) Walter Cochran
  • (1695–1697) Robert Cruickshank
  • (1697) John Johnston
  • (1697–1698) Alexander Walker
  • (1698–1700) Thomas Mitchell

18th century[edit]

  • (1700–1702) John Allardes
  • (1702–1704) Thomas Mitchell
  • (1704–1705) Alexander Patton
  • (1705–1708) John Gordon
  • (1708–1710) John Allardes
  • (1710–1712) John Ross
  • (1712–1714) John Allardes
  • (1714–1715) Robert Stewart
  • (1715–1716) Patrick Bannerman
  • (1716) Robert Stewart
  • (1716–1718) John Gordon
  • (1718–1720) George Fordyce
  • (1720–1722) Robert Stewart
  • (1722–1724) George Fordyce
  • (1724–1726) Robert Stewart
  • (1726–1728) George Fordyce
  • (1728–1730) William Cruickshank
  • (1730–1732) James Morison Snr
  • (1732–1734) William Cruickshank
  • (1734–1736) Hugh Hay
  • (1736–1738) John Robertson
  • (1738–1740) William Chalmers
  • (1740–1742) Alexander Robertson
  • (1742–1744) Alexander Aberdein
  • (1744–1746) James Morison Jnr
  • (1746–1748) William Chalmers
  • (1748–1750) Alexander Robertson
  • (1750–1752) Alexander Livingstone
  • (1752–1754) James Morison Jnr
  • (1754–1756) William Mowat
  • (1756–1758) Alexander Robertson
  • (1758–1760) John Duncan
  • (1760–1762) William Davidson
  • (1762–1764) John Duncan
  • (1764–1766) George Shand
  • (1766–1768) John Duncan
  • (1768–1770) James Jopp
  • (1770–1772) George Shand
  • (1772–1774) James Jopp
  • (1774–1776) Adam Duff
  • (1776–1778) James Jopp
  • (1778–1780) William Young
  • (1780–1782) James Jopp
  • (1782–1784) William Young
  • (1784–1786) William Cruden
  • (1786–1787) James Jopp
  • (1787–1789) John Abercrombie
  • (1789–1791) William Cruden
  • (1791–1793) George Auldjo
  • (1793–1795) John Abercrombie Jnr
  • (1795–1797) George More
  • (1797–1799) Thomas Leys
  • (1799–1801) John Dingwall

Nineteenth century[edit]

  • (1801–1803) James Hadden
  • (1803–1805) Thomas Leys
  • (1805–1807) Alexander Brebner
  • (1807–1809) George More
  • (1809–1811) James Hadden
  • (1811–1813) James Young
  • (1813–1815) James Hadden
  • (1815–1817) Alexander Fraser
  • (1817–1818) Charles Forbes
  • (1818–1820) Alexander Brebner
  • (1820–1822) Gavin Hadden
  • (1822–1824) Alexander Brown
  • (1824–1826) Gavin Hadden
  • (1826–1828) Alexander Brown
  • (1828–1830) Gavin Hadden
  • (1830–1832) James Hadden
  • (1832–1833) Gavin Hadden
  • (1833–1836) James Blaikie
  • (1836–1839) James Milne
  • (1839–1847) Sir Thomas Blaikie
  • (1847–1850) George Thompson Jnr
  • (1850–1853) George Henry
  • (1853–1856) Sir Thomas Blaikie
  • (1856–1859) John Webster
  • (1859–1865) Sir Alexander Anderson First Lord Provost of Aberdeen
  • (1865–1869) Alexander Nichol
  • (1869–1874) William Leslie
  • (1874–1880) George Jamieson, (Liberal)
  • (1880–1883) Peter Esslemont, (Liberal)
  • (1883–1886) James Matthews
  • (1886–1889) William Henderson, (Liberal)
  • (1889–1895) David Stewart, (Conservative)
  • (1895–1898) Daniel Mearns
  • (1898–1902) John Fleming, (Liberal) First Lord-Lieutenant of Aberdeen

Twentieth century[edit]

  • (1902–1905) James Walker
  • (1905–1908) Sir Alexander Lyon
  • (1908–1911) Alexander Wilson
  • (1911–1914) Adam Maitland
  • (1914–1919) Sir James Taggart KBE
  • (1919–1925) Sir William Meff
  • (1925–1929) Sir Andrew Lewis LLD
  • (1929–1932) James Rust LLD
  • (1932–1935) Sir Henry Alexander
  • (1935–1936) Edward W Watt, MA, LLD
  • (1936–1947) Sir Thomas Mitchell DL, LLD
  • (1947–1951) Duncan Fraser CBE
  • (1951–1952) William Reid OBE
  • (1952–1955) Reverend Professor John Graham CBE, (Labour)
  • (1955–1961) George Stephen CBE
  • (1961–1964) Reverend Professor John Graham CBE, (Labour)
  • (1964–1967) Norman Hogg CBE, DL, LLD, (Labour)
  • (1967–1970) Robert Lennox, (Labour)
  • (1970–1971) James Lamond, (Labour)
  • (1971–1975) John Farquharson Smith, (Labour)
  • (1975–1977) Robert Lennox, (Labour)
  • (1977–1980) William James Fraser LLD (Labour)
  • (1980–1984) Alexander C Collie LLD, (Labour)
  • (1984–1988) Henry Rae, (Labour)
  • (1988–1992) Robert Robertson (Labour)
  • (1992–1996) James Wyness CBE, MA, DLitt, (Labour)
  • (1996–1999) Margaret Farquhar CBE, LLD, (Labour) First female Lord Provost of Aberdeen
  • (1999–2003) Margaret Elizabeth Smith LLD, (Labour)

Twenty-first century[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973". Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  2. ^ "Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994". Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  3. ^ "Lieutenancies Act 1997". Retrieved 2011-01-24. 

Memorials of the Aldermen, Provosts and Lord Provosts of Aberdeen 1272-1895, Alexander M Munro, 1897