Worshipful Company of Scriveners
|Location:||c/o HQS Wellington,
|Date of formation:||1373|
|Company association:||Legal services, calligraphy, heraldry|
|Order of precedence:||44th|
|Master of company:||The Reverend Michael Lovegrove|
The Worshipful Company of Scriveners of the City of London is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London. The Scriveners Company was originally known as the Mysterie of the Writers of the Court Letter.
In 1801, Parliament passed the Public Notaries Act, under which only members of the Company could become Scrivener Notaries. Historically, Scrivener Notaries were the only Notaries Public permitted to practice in the City of London, the Liberties of Westminster, The Borough (Southwark), and other places within three miles of the City. Due to their geographical proximity to the embassies of many countries governed by civil law, Scrivener Notaries are only appointed after a two-year apprenticeship to a practising Scrivener Notary, must be fluent in one or two foreign languages and be familiar with the principles and practice of foreign laws. The ancient privilege of Scrivener Notaries was extinguished by the Access to Justice Act (1999), since when any Notary Public may practice in the City of London and elsewhere in England and Wales. Nonetheless, the Company still retains authority to set standards and qualifications for Scrivener Notaries.
In the order of precedence of the City Livery Companies, the Scriveners' Company ranks forty-fourth. Its motto is Scribite Scientes, Latin for Write, Ye Learned Ones. The Master is head of the Company and its membership comprises Wardens, Assistants, Liverymen, Freemen and Apprentices.
- The Scriveners' Company
- Scriveners' Company Common Paper: a full-text edition of the principal record of the company from 1357 to 1678 (originally published by the London Record Society (1968, ed. Francis W. Steer), included as part of British History Online).
- Scriveners' Company coat of arms