List of Provosts of Inverness

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This is a list of Provosts of Inverness.

In 2012, the traditional functions of the Provost were controversially divided by the creation of a new executive role of "leader of the city".[1] On 13 August 2012, Ian Brown was the first person to be appointed to work alongside the provost as leader of the city.[2]

16th century[edit]

  • 1556 – 1559: George Cuthbert of Auld Castlehill
  • 1560 – 1561: Jasper Waus of Lochslyne
  • 1562 – 1563: John Ross
  • 1564 – 1567: James Paterson
  • 1568 – 1568: Alexander Baillie
  • 1569 – 1569: William Cuthbert
  • 1570 – 1572: James Paterson
  • 1573 – 1574: William Cuthbert
  • 1575 – 1575: John Ross
  • 1576 – 1576: James Paterson
  • 1577 – 1577: William Cuthbert
  • 1578 – 1579: William Baillie of Dunain
  • 1580 – 1580: William Cuthbert
  • 1581 – 1582: William Baillie of Dunnane
  • 1583 – 1583: John Cuthbert of Auld Castlehill
  • 1584 – 1584: John Ross
  • 1585 – 1586: William Cuthbert

17th century[edit]

  • 1602 – 1603: William Cuthbert
  • 1603 – 1606: Master John Ross of Midleys
  • 1607 – 1614: John Cuthbert of Auld Castlehill
  • 1615 – 1616: Mr John Ross
  • 1616 – 1617: John Cuthbert of Auld Castlehill
  • 1617 – 1618: Alexander Baillie of Dunzean
  • 1618 – 1619: Mr John Ross
  • 1620 – 1621: James Cuthbert of Easter Drakies
  • 1622 – 1623: James Cuthbert of Lochelin
  • 1623 – 1624: Mr John Ross of Midleys
  • 1624 – 1625: Alexander Baillie of Dunzean
  • 1625 – 1627: Duncan Forbes of Buddit
  • 1628 – 1629: James Cuthbert of Easter Draikies
  • 1630 – 1630: Andrew Fraser
  • 1631 – 1631: James Cuthbert of Draikies
  • 1632 – 1632: Duncan Forbes of Bucht
  • 1633 – 1633: Duncan Forbes
  • 1634 – 1635: Mr John Ross Younger
  • 1636 – 1636: James Cuthbert of Draikies
  • 1636 – 1638: John Cuthbert, Wester Draikies
  • 1638 – 1639: Master John Ross
  • 1639 – 1640: James Cuthbert of Easter Draikies
  • 1640 – 1643: James Ross of Merkinch
  • 1643 – 1645: Duncan Forbes of Culloden
  • 1645 – 1646: James Cuthbert of Easter Draikies
  • 1646 – 1651: John Forbes, fiar of Culloden
  • 1651 – 1652: Robert Ross
  • 1652 – 1655: John Forbes
  • 1655 – 1655: Robert Ross
  • 1655 – 1662: No council records
  • 1662 – 1662: Alexander Cuthbert
  • 1662 – 1663: Robert Ross
  • 1663 – 1666: Alexander Cuthbert
  • 1666 – 1668: Alexander Dunbar (elder)
  • 1668 – 1674: Alexander Cuthbert
  • 1674 – 1679: Alexander Dunbar
  • 1679 – 1680: Alexander Cuthbert
  • 1680 – 1683: Alexander Dunbar
  • 1683 – 1689: John Cuthbert of Draikies
  • 1689 – 1692: Hugh Robertson
  • 1692 – 1695: William Duff (elder)
  • 1695 – 1699: Hugh Robertson
  • 1699 – 1701: William Duff (elder)

18th century[edit]

  • 1701 – 1703: Hugh Robertson
  • 1703 – 1706: William Duff (elder)
  • 1706 – 1709: Alexander Duff of Drumore
  • 1709 – 1712: William Duff
  • 1712 – 1715: Alexander Duff of Drumore
  • 1715 – 1716: Alexander Clark, merchant
  • 1716 – 1718: John Forbes of Culloden
  • 1718 – 1720: Alexander Fraser
  • 1720–1723: John Forbes of Culloden
  • 1723–1725: Alexander Fraser
  • 1725 – 1728: John Forbes of Culloden
  • 1728–1729: Alexander Fraser
  • 1729–1732: John Forbes of Culloden
  • 1732–1735: Alexander Fraser
  • 1735–1738: John Hossack
  • 1738–1741: William Maclean of Dochgarroch
  • 1741–1744: John Hossack
  • 1744–1747: John Fraser
  • 1747–1750: William Maclean of Dochgarroch
  • 1750–1753: John Fraser
  • 1753–1756: John Hossack
  • 1756–1758: John Fraser
  • 1758–1761: John Hossack
  • 1761–1764: William Mackintosh (elder)
  • 1764–1767: James Fraser
  • 1767–1770: William Mackintosh (elder)
  • 1770–1773: Phineas Mackintosh
  • 1773–1776: William Chisholm
  • 1776–1779: Phineas Mackintosh
  • 1779–1782: William Chisholm
  • 1782–1785: Phineas Mackintosh
  • 1785–1788: William Mackintosh
  • 1788–1791: Phineas Mackintosh
  • 1791–1794: William Mackintosh
  • 1794–1797: John Mackintosh (of the Aberarder family)
  • 1797–1800: William Inglis of Kingsmills

19th century[edit]

  • 1800–1803: John Mackintosh (of the Aberarder family)
  • 1803–1804: Alexander Mackintosh
  • 1804–1807: James Grant
  • 1807–1810: Thomas Gilzean
  • 1810–1813: James Grant
  • 1813–1814: Thomas Gilzean
  • 1814–1816: James Grant
  • 1816–1818: James Robertson
  • 1818–1822: Interim trustees
  • 1822–1823: James Robertson
  • 1823–1824: James Grant
  • 1824–1827: James Robertson
  • 1827–1829: James Grant
  • 1829–1831: James Robertson
  • 1831–1833: John Ross
  • 1833–1834: John Mackenzie
  • 1834–1836: John Fraser
  • 1836–1839: John Ferguson
  • 1839–1840: Alexander Cumming
  • 1840–1843: John Inglis Nicol
  • 1843–1846: James Sutherland
  • 1847–1852: William Simpson
  • 1852–1855: James Sutherland
  • 1855–1867: Colin Lyon Mackenzie
  • 1867–1873: John Mackenzie
  • 1873–1875: Colin Lyon Mackenzie
  • 1875–1880: Alexander Simpson
  • 1880 – 1880: William Mackintosh
  • 1880–1883: Alexander Fraser
  • 1883–1889: Henry Cockburn Macandrew
  • 1889–1895: Alexander Ross
  • 1895 – 1901: William Macbean

Twentieth century[edit]

  • 1901 – 1907: Arthur Dougal Ross
  • 1907 – 1910: James Alexander Gossip
  • 1910 – 1916: John Birnie
  • 1916 – 1922: Sir Donald Macdonald
  • 1922 – 1925: David Petrie
  • 1925–1931: Alexander MacEwan
  • 1931 – 1933: Donald Macdonald (died in office)
  • 1933 – 1934: John Mackenzie (died in office)
  • 1934 – 1945: Hugh Mackenzie
  • 1945 – 1949: Hugh Ross
  • 1949 – 1955: James M Grigor
  • 1955 – 1961: Robert Wotherspoon
  • 1961 – 1964: Allan Ross
  • 1964 – 1967: William J Mackay
  • 1967 – 1975: William A Smith
  • 1975 – 1980: Ian C Fraser
  • 1980 – 1992: Allan G Sellar
  • 1992 – 1996: William A E Fraser
  • 1996 – 1999: Allan G Sellar
  • 1999 – 2007: William J Smith

21st century[edit]

  • 2007 – 2008: Robert Wynd[3]
  • 2008 – 2012: Jimmy Gray[4]
  • 2012 – 2015 Alex Graham[2]
  • 2015 – Helen Carmichael[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Highland News web-site (13 August 2012), Row as new Inverness Provost is elected; accessed on 26 September 2012
  2. ^ a b Highland Council news release (13 August 2012), Election of new Leader and Provost of Inverness Archived 4 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine.; web-site accessed on 26 September 2012
  3. ^ The Inverness Courier, 29 June 2007, Globe-trotting Bob aiming to engineer a bright future[permanent dead link]; web-site accessed on 11 June 2010
  4. ^ Highland Council news release (4 August 2008), New Provost of Inverness appointed Archived 3 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine.; web-site accessed on 11 June 2010
  5. ^ Provost and Leader of Inverness and Area re-elected, 19 June 2017, Highland Council web-site (accessed on 3 May 2018)