Lord Provost of Glasgow

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The Right Honourable Lord Provost of Glasgow is the convener of the Glasgow City Council. They are elected by the city councillors and serve not only as the chair of that body, but as a figurehead for the entire city.[1] They are equivalent in many ways to the institution of Mayor that exists in many other countries.

The Lord Provost of the City of Glasgow, by virtue of office, is also:

Each of the 32 Scottish local authorities elects a provost, but it is only the four main cities, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee that have a Lord Provost, who also serves as the Lord Lieutenant for the city. This is enshrined in the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994.

The current Lord Provost, elected to the position in 2012, is Sadie Docherty.[4]

The Lord Provost of Glasgow has the use of an official limousine which is always black and always carries the registration plate "GO". Past limousines are on display at the city's Transport Museum. The current limousine is a Volkswagen.

List of Provosts and Lords Provost[edit]

The Mediaeval burgh of Glasgow was administered on behalf of the Bishops of Glasgow by officials known as Bailies' or Provosts'. The office of Provost as a single chief magistrate was not created until the early 1450s.[5]

  • (1450x1453-1479) John Stewart
  • (1480) Sir Thomas Stewart of Minto
  • (1485-1489) Robert Stewart
  • (1491) Andrew Otterburn
  • (1497) Matthew Stewart, 2nd Earl of Lennox
  • (1498) Sir Patrick Blacader of Tulliallan
  • (1498-1499) John Stewart
  • (1502-1505) Allan Stewart of Cardonald
  • (1505-1507) Patrick Colquhoun of Glen
  • (1507-1509) Sir John Stewart of Minto
  • (1509-1513) Matthew Stewart, 2nd Earl of Lennox
  • (1513-1514) John Shaw
  • (1514-1516) George Colquhoun of Glen
  • (1526-1536) Sir Robert Stewart of Minto
  • (1537-1539) Archibald Dunbar of Baldoon
  • (1543-1544) Sir John Stewart of Minto
  • (1544-1549) Archibald Hamilton of Medop
  • (1549-1550) James Hamilton of Torrance
  • (1550-1559) Andrew Hamilton of Cochno
  • (1559-1562) Robert Lindsay of Dunrod
  • (1565-1573) Sir John Stewart of Minto
  • (1573-1576) Robert Boyd, 5th Lord Boyd
  • (1577) Thomas Crawford of Jordanhill
  • (1578-1579) Robert Stewart, 7th Earl of Lennox
  • (1580) Esmé Stewart, 8th Earl of Lennox
  • (1581-1582) Sir Matthew Stewart of Minto
  • (1583) John Graham, 3rd Earl of Montrose
  • (1584-1585) Sir William Livingstone of Kilsyth
  • (1588-1589) Sir Matthew Stewart of Minto
  • (1594-1597) Sir Matthew Stewart of Minto
  • (1599) Sir Matthew Stewart of Minto
  • (1600-1601) Sir George Elphinstone of Blythswood
  • (1604-1605) Sir George Elphinstone of Blythswood
  • (1607-1608) John Houston of Houston
  • (1609-1612) James Inglis
  • (1613) James Stewart I
  • (1614-1616) James Hamilton
  • (1617-1618) James Stewart I
  • (1619-1620) James Inglis
  • (1621-1622) James Hamilton
  • (1623-1624) Gabriel Cunningham
  • (1625-1626) James Inglis
  • (1627-1628) James Hamilton
  • (1629-1632) Gabriel Cunningham
  • (1633) William Stewart
  • (1634-1635) Patrick Bell
  • (1636) Colin Campbell I
  • (1637) James Stewart II
  • (1638) Patrick Bell
  • (1639) Gabriel Cunningham
  • (1640) James Stewart II
  • (1641-1642) William Stewart
  • (1643-1644) James Bell
  • (1645-1646) George Porterfield
  • (1647) James Stewart
  • (1648) Colin Campbell II
  • (1648-1649) George Porterfield
  • (1650) John Graham
  • (1651) George Porterfield
  • (1652) Daniel Wallace
  • (1655-1656) John Anderson I
  • (1658) John Anderson II
  • (1658-1659) Sir John Bell
  • (1660-1661) Colin Campbell II
  • (1662-1663) Sir John Bell
  • (1664-1666) William Anderson
  • (1667) John Anderson II
  • (1668) William Anderson
  • (1669) James Campbell
  • (1670-1673) William Anderson
  • (1674-1675) Sir John Bell
  • (1676-1677) James Campbell
  • (1678-1681) Sir John Bell
  • (1682-1683) John Barns
  • (1684-1685) John Johnston
  • (1686-1687) John Barns
  • (1688) Walter Gibson
  • (1689-1690) John Anderson III
  • (1691-1692) James Peadie I
  • (1693-1694) William Napier
  • (1695-1696) John Anderson III
  • (1697-1698) James Peadie
  • (1699-1700) John Anderson III
  • (1701-1703) Sir Hugh Montgomery
  • (1703-1705) John Anderson III
  • (1705-1707) John Aird Jnr
  • (1707-1709) Robert Rodger
  • (1709-1711) John Aird Jnr
  • (1711-1713) Robert Rodger
  • (1713-1715) John Aird Jnr
  • (1715-1717) John Bowman I
  • (1717-1719) John Aird Jnr
  • (1719-1721) John Bowman I
  • (1721-1723) John Aird Jnr
  • (1723-1725) Charles Miller
  • (1725-1727) John Stark
  • (1727-1728) James Peadie II
  • (1728-1730) John Stirling
  • (1730-1732) Peter Murdoch
  • (1732-1734) Hugh Rodger
  • (1734-1736) Andrew Ramsay
  • (1736-1738) John Coulter
  • (1738-1740) Andrew Alton
  • (1740-1742) Andrew Buchanan [1]
  • (1742-1744) Lawrence Dinwiddie
  • (1744-1746) Andrew Cochrane
  • (1746-1748) John Murdoch
  • (1748-1750) Andrew Cochrane
  • (1750-1752) John Murdoch
  • (1752-1754) John Brown
  • (1754-1756) George Murdoch
  • (1756-1758) Robert Christie
  • (1758-1760) John Murdoch
  • (1760-1762) Andrew Cochrane
  • (1762-1764) Archibald Ingram
  • (1764-1766) John Bowman II
  • (1766-1768) George Murdoch
  • (1768-1770) James Buchanan
  • (1770-1772) Colin Dunlop
  • (1772-1774) Arthur Connell
  • (1774-1776) James Buchanan
  • (1776-1778) Robert Donald
  • (1778-1780) William French
  • (1780) James Coats Campbell
  • (1780-1782) Hugh Wyllie
  • (1782-1784) Patrick Colquhoun
  • (1784-1786) James Coats Campbell
  • (1786-1788) John Riddell
  • (1788-1790) John Campbell
  • (1790-1792) James McDowall
  • (1792-1794) Gilbert Hamilton
  • (1794-1796) John Dunlop
  • (1796-1798) James McDowall
  • (1798-1800) Lawrence Craigie
  • (1800-1802) John Hamilton
  • (1802-1804) Lawrence Craigie
  • (1804-1806) John Hamilton
  • (1806-1808) James McKenzie
  • (1808-1810) James Black
  • (1810-1812) John Hamilton
  • (1812-1814) Kirkman Finlay (Tory)
  • (1814-1816) Henry Montieth
  • (1816-1818) James Black
  • (1818) Kirkman Finlay (Tory)
  • (1818-1820) Henry Montieth
  • (1820-1822) John Thomas Alston
  • (1822-1824) William Smith
  • (1824-1826) Mungo Nutter Campbell
  • (1826-1828) William Hamilton
  • (1828-1830) Alexander Garden
  • (1830-1832) Robert Dalglish
  • (1832-1833) James Ewing
  • (1833-1834) Robert Grahame (Whig)
  • (1834-1837) William Mills (Whig)
  • (1837-1840) Henry Dunlop (Whig)
  • (1840-1843) Sir James Campbell (Conservative)
  • (1843-1846) James Lumsden (Whig)
  • (1846-1848) Alexander Hastie (Whig)
  • (1848-1851) Sir James Anderson
  • (1851-1854) Robert Stewart
  • (1854-1857) Sir Andrew Orr (Liberal)
  • (1857-1860) Andrew Galbraith
  • (1860-1863) Peter Clouston
  • (1863-1866) John Blackie (Liberal)
  • (1866-1869) Sir James Lumsden (Liberal)
  • (1869-1871) William Rae Arthur
  • (1871-1874) Sir James Watson
  • (1874-1877) Sir James Bain
  • (1877-1880) Sir William Collins (Liberal)
  • (1880-1883) John Ure
  • (1883-1886) Sir William McOnie
  • (1886-1889) Sir James King, Bt.
  • (1889-1892) Sir John Muir, Bt.
  • (1892-1896) Sir James Bell, Bt.
  • (1896-1899) Sir David Richmond
  • 1899-1902 - Sir Samuel Chisholm (Liberal)
  • 1902-1905 - Sir John Ure Primrose (Conservative)
  • 1905-1908 - Sir William Bilsland
  • 1908-1911 - Sir Archibald McInnes Shaw (Conservative)
  • 1911-1914 - Sir Daniel Macaulay Stevenson (Liberal)
  • 1914-1917 - Sir Thomas Dunlop, Bt (Conservative)
  • 1917-1920 - Sir James Stewart
  • 1920-1923 - Sir Thomas Paxton
  • 1923-1926 - Sir Matthew Walker Montgomery
  • 1926-1929 - Sir David Mason
  • 1929-1932 - Sir Thomas Kelly
  • 1932-1935 - Sir Alexander B Swan
  • 1935-1938 - Sir John Stewart (Labour)
  • 1938-1941 - Sir Patrick Dollan (Labour)
  • 1941-1943 - John M Biggar (Labour)
  • 1943-1945 - James Welsh (Labour)
  • 1945-1949 - Sir Hector McNeil (Labour)
  • 1949-1952 - Sir Victor Warren (Progressive)
  • 1952-1955 - Thomas Kerr (Labour)
  • 1955-1958 - Andrew Hood (Labour)
  • 1958-1960 - Myer Galpern (Labour)
  • 1960-1963 - Dame Jean Roberts (Labour)
  • 1963-1965 - Sir Peter Meldrum (Labour)
  • 1965-1969 - John Johnston (Labour)
  • 1969-1972 - Sir Donald Liddle (Progressive)
  • 1972 - John Mains (Labour)
  • 1972-1975 - Sir William Gray (Labour)
  • 1975-1977 - Peter T McCann (Labour)
  • 1977-1980 - David Hodge (Labour)
  • 1980-1984 - Michael Kelly (Labour)
  • 1984-1988 - Robert Gray (Labour)
  • 1988-1992 - Susan Baird (Labour)
  • 1992-1994 - Robert Innes (Labour)
  • 1994-1995 - James Shields (Labour)
  • 1995-1996 - Tommy Dingwall (Labour)
  • 1996-1999 - Pat Lally (Labour)
  • 1999-2003 - Alex Mosson (Labour)
  • 2003-2007 - Liz Cameron (Labour)
  • 2007-2012 - Bob Winter (Labour)
  • 2012-present - Sadie Docherty (Labour)

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