List of Provosts of Edinburgh

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The Right Honourable Lord Provost of Edinburgh is the convener of the City of Edinburgh local authority. They are elected by the city council and serves not only as the chair of that body, but as a figurehead for the entire city. They are ex officio the Lord-Lieutenant of Edinburgh. They are equivalent in many ways to the institution of Mayor that exists in many other countries.

While some of Scotland's local authorities elect a Provost, only the four main cities (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee) have a Lord Provost. In Edinburgh this position dates from 1667, when Charles II elevated the Provost to the status of Lord Provost, with the same rank and precedence as the Lord Mayor of London. The title of Lord Provost is enshrined in the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994.

The Current Lord Provost[edit]

In total, there have been 256 Provosts and Lord Provosts.

The current Lord Provost is Frank Ross.

Past Provosts of Edinburgh[edit]

Edinburgh was variously under control of Norman then English magistrates. A Baillie/Baillif responsible for collecting rents was common. The first named individual overseeing Edinburgh was William de Dederyk, in 1296, who is described as an alderman. The second named alderman is John Wigmer in 1344. This is followed by William Guppeld, 1362-1369, and Sir Adam Forrester of Corstorphine in 1373.[1]

14th Century[edit]

  • (1377) John de Quhitness (John of Whiteness) first use of the term "Provost" on 18 May 1377
  • (1378) Sir Adam Forrester (see above)
  • (1381) John de Camera (John of Chambers)
  • (1387) Andrew Yutson or Yichtson
  • (1392) John of Dalrymple

The following decade includes a period with mention only of Baillies.

15th Century[edit]

  • (1403) Sir Alexander Napier of Merchiston I
  • (1408) John Rede
  • (1410-1411) Adam of Farnielee
  • (1413) Sir George of Lauder and Haltoun
  • (1419) Adam of Farnielee
  • (1422) John of Levingtoun (Livingston) (alderman not provost)
  • (1425) Thomas de Cranstoun
  • (1425) William of Liberton
  • (1427) George of Lauder
  • (1428) John of Livingston
  • (1434) Sir Henry Preston of Craigmillar
  • (1435) John of Levingtoun
  • (1437) Sir Alexander Napier of Merchiston I
  • (1438 to 1445) Thomas of Cranstoun
  • (1445) Steven Hunter
  • (1446) Patrick Cockburn
  • (1449) Thomas de Cranstoun
  • (1451) George of Fala
  • (1453) Sir Alexander Napier of Merchiston II
  • (1455) Thomas Oliphant
  • (1456) Sir Alexander Napier of Merchiston II
  • (1462) Alexander Ker
  • (1466) George Bartraham
  • (1467) Robert Mure of Polkellie
  • (1469) Sir Alexander Napier of Merchiston
  • (1477) James Creichton of Ruthven[disambiguation needed] or Rowan
  • (1481) William Bertraham, the first to receive a regular salary (£20 per year)
  • (1482) Sir John Murray of Touchadam
  • (1482) Patrick, Baron of Spittlefield
  • (1484) John Napier of Merchiston, eldest son of Alexander Napier II
  • (1485) Sir Jamie Swanney
  • (1486) Sir Patrick, Baron of Spittlefield
  • (1487) John Murray
  • (1487) Patrick Hepburn, 1st Lord of Hailes (NB - Lord Hailes died in 1483)??
  • (1488) Thomas Tod
  • (1490) Alexander Hepburne of Quhitsum
  • (1491) Sir Thomas Tod
  • (1492) Richard Lawson of High Riggs
  • (1492) Sir John Murray
  • (1493) Richard Lawson of High Riggs
  • (1494) Walter Barhaham
  • (1496) Sir Thomas Tod
  • (1498) Walter Barhaham or Bertraham
  • (1499) Sir Thomas Tod

16th Century[edit]

17th Century[edit]

Lord Provosts of Edinburgh[edit]

  • (1667) Sir Andrew Ramsay, Lord Abbotshall
  • (1673) James Currie
  • (1675) Sir William Binning
  • (1677) Francis Kinloch of Gilmerton
  • (1679) Sir James Dick of Prestonfield
  • (1681) Sir James Flemming
  • (1683) Sir George Drummond
  • (1685) Sir Thomas Kennedy of Kirkhill
  • (1687) Sir Magnus Prince
  • (1689) Sir John Hall of Dunglass, 1st Bt.
  • (1691) Sir Archibald Muir
  • (1692) Sir John Hall of Dunglass, 1st Bt.
  • (1694) Sir Robert Chieslie of Dalry
  • (1696) Sir Archibald Muir
  • (1698) Sir George Home of Kello

18th century[edit]

19th century[edit]

20th century[edit]

Sir Thomas Hutchison, Lord Provost of Edinburgh (1921-1923); City of Edinburgh Council; by Glyn Philpot

21st century[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Grant's Old and New Edinburgh
  2. ^ Anderson pp 383-384
  3. ^ Marjoribanks, Roger (2014) "Edinburgh Portrait, Sir John Marjoribanks , Bart, MP (1763–1833)" The Book of the Edinburgh Club, Volume 10, Pp 151-156, ISBN 0-9517284-9-0
  4. ^ "The show's over for Mr Edinburgh". Scotsman.com. 5 May 2003.
  5. ^ "Ex-church minister is city's new Provost". Scotsman.com. 16 May 2007.
  6. ^ "Computer teacher elected Lord Provost of Edinburgh". Scotsman.com. 17 May 2012.
  7. ^ [1]

Sources[edit]

  • Anderson, John (1825). Historical and genealogical memoirs of the House of Hamilton. Edinburgh.

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