Bernard Waley-Cohen

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Sir Bernard Nathaniel Waley-Cohen, 1st Baronet (29 May 1914 – 3 July 1991) was a British businessman. He was the 633rd Lord Mayor of London, elected in 1960.[1]


The son of Sir Robert Waley Cohen and Alice (née Beddington), Waley-Cohen was educated at Clifton College where he was a member of Polack's House. He was an Alderman City of London for Portsoken Ward, 1949–84; Sheriff of London, 1955–56; Lord Mayor of London, 1960–61; one of the Lieutenants, City of London, 1949-1991. He was a director of the Palestine Corporation, founded in 1922 by a number British businessmen to promote economic development in the British mandate of Palestine.[1] Waley-Cohen was a member of the College Committee of University College London, 1953-80. He was Treasurer 1962-70, Vice-Chairman 1970 and Chairman, 1971-80. In former times, as Alderman, he sometimes sat as sole Justice in the Mansion House Justice Room.

He was made a Knight Bachelor in 1957 and made a Baronet of Honeymead in the County of Somerset, in 1961.[2]

Waley-Cohen married the Hon. Joyce Constance Ina, daughter of Harry Nathan, 1st Baron Nathan (1920-2013). They had four children:

Their grandson is the amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen.


  1. ^ a b "Bernard Waley-Cohen, Ex-London Mayor, 77". The New York Times. Associated Press. 6 July 1991. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  2. ^ Rubinstein, William D.; Jolles, Michael; Rubinstein, Hilary L. (2011). The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 1001. ISBN 1-4039-3910-1. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Lady Waley-Cohen". The Daily Telegraph. 18 August 2013.
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
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(of Honeymead)
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Stephen Waley-Cohen