A list of early sheriffs
These are the Names of the Sheriffs of London since the
Coronation of King Richard.
A.D. 1188. Henry de (fn. 1) Cornhelle, Richard Reyner.—These were
made Sheriffs at the Feast of Saint Michael, in the year of Our Lord 1188.
A.D. 1189. John Herlisun, Roger le Duk.
A.D. 1190. William de Haverylle, John Bokoynte.
A.D. 1191. Nicholas Duket, Peter Fitz-Nevelun.
A.D. 1192. Roger le Due, Roger Fitz-Alan.
A.D. 1193. William Fitz-Ysabel, William Fitz-Aluf.
A.D. 1194. Robert Besant, Jukel Alderman.
A.D. 1195. Godard de Antioche, Robert Fitz-Durant.
A.D. 1196. Robert Blund, Nicholas Duket.
A.D. 1197. Constantine Fitz-Aluf, Robert le Bel.
A.D. 1198. Arnald Fitz-Aluf, Robert Fitz-Barthelmeu.
A.D. 1199. Roger de Desert, Jacob Alderman.
A.D. 1200. Symon de Aldermanneberi, William Fitz-Aliz.
A.D. 1201. Norreman le Blunt, John del Kai.
A.D. 1202. Walter le Brun, William le Chaumberleyn.
A.D. 1203. Thomas de Haverille, Hauaund Brande.
A.D. 1204. John Waleran, Richard de Wincestre.
A.D. 1205. John Elylond, Edmund de le Hale.
A.D. 1206. Serle le Mercier, Henry de Saint Auban.
A.D. 1207. Robert de Wincestre, William Hardel.
A.D. 1208. Thomas Fitz-Neal, Peter le Due.
A.D. 1209. Peter le Juvene, William Wite.
A.D. 1210. Stephen le Gros, Adam de Wyteby.
A.D. 1211. Goce Fitz-Peter, John Gerland.
A.D. 1212. Constantine le Juvene, Ralph Elyland.
A.D. 1213. Martin Fitz-Aliz, Peter Bat.
A.D. 1214. Salomon de Basinge, Hugh de Basinge.
A.D. 1215. Andrew Nevelun, John Travers.
A.D. 1216. Beneit le (fn. 2) Seynter, William Blund.
A.D. 1217. Ralph Elyland again, Thomas Bokerel.
A.D. 1218. Goce le (fn. 3) Pesur, John Viel.
A.D. 1219. John Viel again, Richard de Wimbeldon.
A.D. 1220. Richard Renger, Goce le Juvene.
A.D. 1221. Richard Renger again, Thomas Lambert.
A.D. 1222. Thomas Lambert again, William Joynier.
A.D. 1223. John Travers again, Andrew Bokerel.
A.D. 1224. Andrew Bokerel again, John Travers again.
A.D. 1225. Roger le Due, Martyn Fitz-William.
A.D. 1226. Martyn Fitz-William again, Roger le Due again.
A.D. 1227. Henry de Cocham, Stephen Bokerel.
A.D. 1228. Stephen Bokerel again, Henry de Cocham again.
A.D. 1229. Robert Fitz-John, Walter de Wincestre.
A.D. 1230. John de Woburne, Richard Fitz-Walter.
A.D. 1231. Walter le Busle, Michael de Saint Helen.
A.D. 1232. Henry de Edelmeton, Gerard Bat.
A.D. 1233. Roger Blund, Simon Fitz-Mary.
A.D. 1234. Ralph Eswy, John Norman.
A.D. 1235. Gerard Bat again, Robert Hardel
A.D. 1236. Henry de Cochatn again, Jurdan de Coventre.
A.D. 1237. John de (fn. 4) Walebroc, Gervaise Chaumberleyn.
A.D. 1238. John de Wilehale, John de Coudres.
A.D. 1239. Reiner de Bungey, Ralph Eswy again.
A.D. 1240. Michael Tovy, John de Gysors.
A.D. 1241. John Viel the Younger, Thomas de (fn. 5) Dureme.
A.D. 1242. Ralph Aswy, Goldsmith, Robert Fitz-John again.
A.D. 1243. Adam de Gyseburne, Hugh Blund, Goldsmith.
A.D. 1244. Nicholas Bat, Ralph de Bow.
A.D. 1245. Nicholas Bat again, Adam de Beverlee ; and
upon Nicholas being removed, Robert de Cornhull was made
A.D. 1246. Simon Fitz-Mary, Laurence de Frowik.
A.D. 1247. William Viel, Nicholas Bat again.
A.D. 1248. Nicholas Fitz-Jocelin, Geoffrey de Wincestre.
A.D. 1249. John Tolesan again, Ralph Hardel.
A.D. 1250. Humfrey called "le (fn. 6) Fevre," William Fitz-Richard.
A.D. 1251. Nicholas Bat again, Laurence de Frowic again.
A.D. 1252. William de Dureme, Thomas de Wimburne.
A.D. 1253. Richard Picard, John de Norhamton.
A.D. 1254. William Aswy, Robert de Linton ; which persons being
removed within the year, there were substituted in their place Stephen
de Ostregate [and] Henry Walemund.
A.D. 1255. Matthew Bokerel, John le Minur.
A.D. 1256. William (fn. 7) Aswy, Draper, Richard de Ewelle.
A.D. 1257. Thomas Fitz-Thomas, Robert de Katalan. The said
Robert dying, Matthew Bokerel was made Sheriff in his stead; who
being removed, William Grapefige was made Sheriff.
A.D. 1258. John Adrian, Draper, Robert de Cornhulle again.
A.D. 1259. Adam Brouning, Henry de Coventre.
A.D. 1260. Richard Picard again, John de Norhamton again.
A.D. 1261. Philip le Tailur, Richard de Walebrok.
A.D. 1262. Osbert de Suffolch, Robert de Munpeylers.
A.D. 1263. Gregory de Rokesle, Thomas de Forde (the Battle of
A.D. 1264. Edward Blund, Peter Aunger (the Battle of Evesham).
A.D. 1265. Gregory de Rokesle, Simon de Hadestock. These were
not admitted; for his lordship the King at that time had taken the City
into his own hands, by reason that the citizens had adhered to the Earl
of Leicester during the disturbance of the realm; and so retained it
for nearly six years.
Hugh Fitz-Otes, Knight, was then Chamberlain of the City
of London, and Constable of the Tower, for some time. John
de la Linde., Knight, and John Walrant, Clerk, who were Wardens after
him, caused all the issues of the Sheriffwick of the City and of Middlesex
to be collected in the King's behalf, by such persons as they thought
proper, until the Feast of Saint John Port Latin [6 May] next ensuing;
and then, with the consent of his lordship the King, by election of the
citizens, William Fitz-Richard was made Bailiff of the Sheriffwick at
the ancient ferm. This person continued in such bailiwick until the
Feast of Saint Martin [11 November] next ensuing, and then, by leave
of his lordship the King, the citizens chose to be their (fn. 8) Bailiffs
[A.D. 1266.] John Adrian and Luke de Batencourt.
Memorandum,—that in the time of the above-written John and Luke,
Bailiffs, the Earl of Gloucester being in the City with his army, as
mentioned in the (fn. 9) following Book, the said John and Luke were removed from their bailiwick and seized by the Earl, and Roger Marshal
and Robert de Lintone were made Bailiffs by the lower orders of the
City; and continued to be such Bailiffs, so long as the Earl remained in
These latter persons continued in their bailiwick, at the ancient
ferm, until the Feast of Saint Michael in the year of Our Lord 1267,
and afterwards until Palm Sunday; when, by choice of his lordship the
King, there were made Bailiffs of the Sheriffwick, Walter Hervy [and]
William de (fn. 10) Dureme. These persons continued in their bailiwick,
collecting all the issues of the Sheriffwick, in behalf of his lordship the
King, until the Feast of Saint Michael in the year '68, and from thence
until the sixth day of May.
[A.D. 1269.] Thomas de Basing, Robert de Cornhulle.
These persons were made Bailiffs, by choice of his lordship the King,
on the 6th day of May, as already written, to collect all issues of the
Sheriffwick in behalf of his lordship the King; and so continued until the
Feast of Saint Michael, and after, until the 16th day of July in the
year of Our Lord 1270. And then, at the instance of Sir Edward, the
City was restored unto the citizens; and it was granted unto them that
they might make a Mayor and Sheriffs of their number; but still, that
they should pay into the Exchequer of his lordship the King 400 pounds
per annum. And then, on the aforesaid 16th day of July there were
made Sheriffs, Walter le Poter [and] Philip le Tailur.
These persons continued to be Sheriffs only until the Feast of Saint
Michael, next ensuing; because, according to the custom of the City,
always at that Feast the Sheriffs of London are wont, and are bound, to
be elected, and on the morrow to be presented at the Exchequer of his
lordship the King.
A.D. 1270. Gregory de Rokesle, Henry le Waleys.
A.D. 1271. John de Bodele, Richard de Paris.
A.D. 1272. John Horn, Walter le Poter.
A.D. 1273. Peter Cusin, Robert de Meldeburn.
These being deposed on the Feast of Saint Andrew [30 November],
there were elected Sheriffs
Henry de Coventre, [and] Nicholas de Wincestre.
[A further account of the Wardens of London, A.D. 1265—1273.]
A.D. 1265. When the citizens of London submitted themselves unto the will of his lordship the King, for life and for
limb, and for all their goods, moveable and immoveable, by reason of the
offences imputed to them as being committed during the disturbance of
the realm, on the occasion of the contest between his lordship the King
and the Earl of Leicester and his accomplices, after the Feast of Saint
Michael, Sir Hugh Fitz-Otes was made both Warden of the City and
Constable of the Tower of London, and so continued until the Feast of
Saint Nicholas [6 December]; and then, after him, Sir John de la Lynde
and John Walerand, Clerk, were made Wardens of the City and Constables of the Tower of London: which John de la Lynde having remained there for some time and then taken his departure, the said John
Walerand continued in office until the Feast of Saint Michael next
A. D. 1266. And the same John so continued until the coming of
the Earl of Gloucester, as being in league with whom, he had first
come; but whether he had foreknowledge of the evil designs of the said
Earl, I know not. And then, the City remained without a Warden of his
lordship the King, until peace had been restored between his lordship
the King and the said Earl; when, upon the Vigil of Saint John the
Baptist [24 June], Alan la Zuche, Knight, was made Warden of the
City and Warden of the Tower, and so continued until the Feast of
Saint Michael next ensuing.
A.D. 1267. And after this, the same person continued in office until
Easter following; when Sir Thomas de Ippegrave was made Warden
and Constable, and so continued until the Feast of Saint James [25
July] next ensuing; when Sir Stephen de Eddeworthe was made
Warden and Constable, and so continued until the Feast of Saint
A.D. 1268. He continued in office until the following Lent, when
the City and Tower were delivered into the keeping of Sir Edward by
his lordship the King; who thereupon appointed Sir Hugh Fitz-Otes;
who continued in office until the Feast of Saint Michael
A.D. 1269, and from then until the 16th day of July next ensuing;
upon which day, he being removed from the Wardenship of the City,
John Addrien, who had before been elected by the citizens,
was, by consent of his lordship the King, presented to the said
King, and admitted to the Mayoralty, on the 16th day of July; and so
continued until the Feast of Simon and Jude [28 October] next ensuing.
The same John being elected Mayor on the Feast of Simon and Jude
A.D. 1270, and admitted, so continued throughout that year.
Walter Hervi was made Mayor on the Feast of Simon and Jude
A.D. 1271, for one year.
Henry de Frowick was made Warden of the City by his lordship the
King, on the Feast of Saint Martin [11 November] A.D. 1272, and so
continued until the Feast of Saint Edmund [16 November].
Walter Herevy was made Mayor A.D. 1272 at Saint Paul's Cross, on
the second day after the Feast of Saint Edmund the Archbishop, in full
Folkmote, as is set forth in the Chronicles written in this Book; and so
continued for one year.
Henry le Waleys was made Mayor on the Feast of Simon and Jude