List of Shrievalties

List of Shrievalties

This is a list of the currently-existing offices of High Sheriffs in England and Wales and in Northern Ireland, along with some minor Sheriffdoms in existence.

The areas covered are the ceremonial counties of England, the preserved counties of Wales, and the administrative counties and county boroughs of Northern Ireland. []

High Sheriffs are appointed by The Crown, based on a provided shortlist. [] [] The ceremony involves the Queen 'pricking' the names of the selected candidates, a custom dated to Elizabeth I.

In the ceremonial counties that fall wholly or partially within the boundaries of the historic county palatine of Lancaster - Lancashire, Greater Manchester, and Merseyside (before 1974 the administrative county of Lancashire), a different process is followed. The High Sheriffs are appointed by the Duke of Lancaster (who happens to be the Queen, but she does not act in her capacity as Queen) at a different ceremony [] . [] Similarly, in Cornwall, they are appointed by the Duke of Cornwall (currently Prince Charles). []

In Scotland the office of Sheriff has remained an actual judicial office. Sheriffs preside over sheriff courts. There is one Sheriff Principal for each of the 6 sheriffdoms in Scotland.


*High Sheriff of Bedfordshire
*High Sheriff of Berkshire
*High Sheriff of Bristol
*High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire
*High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire
*High Sheriff of Cheshire
*High Sheriff of Cornwall
*High Sheriff of Cumbria
*High Sheriff of Derbyshire
*High Sheriff of Devon
*High Sheriff of Devonshire
*High Sheriff of Dorset
*High Sheriff of Durham
*High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire
*High Sheriff of East Sussex
*High Sheriff of Essex
*High Sheriff of Gloucestershire
*High Sheriff of Greater London
*High Sheriff of Greater Manchester
*High Sheriff of Hampshire
*High Sheriff of Herefordshire
*High Sheriff of Hertfordshire
*High Sheriff of Humberside
*High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight
*High Sheriff of Kent
*High Sheriff of Lancashire
*High Sheriff of Leicestershire
*High Sheriff of Lincolnshire
*High Sheriff of Merseyside
*High Sheriff of Norfolk
*High Sheriff of Northamptonshire
*High Sheriff of North Yorkshire
*High Sheriff of Northumberland
*High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire
*High Sheriff of Oxfordshire
*High Sheriff of Rutland
*High Sheriff of Shropshire
*High Sheriff of Somerset
*High Sheriff of South Yorkshire
*High Sheriff of Staffordshire
*High Sheriff of Suffolk
*High Sheriff of Surrey
*High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear
*High Sheriff of Warwickshire
*High Sheriff of West Midlands
*High Sheriff of West Sussex
*High Sheriff of West Yorkshire
*High Sheriff of Wiltshire
*High Sheriff of Worcestershire
*High Sheriff of Yorkshire

Town sheriffs

Town sheriffs are maintained in some of the historic counties corporate.

*Sheriff of Berwick-upon-Tweed
*Sheriff of Canterbury
*Sheriff of Chester
*Sheriff of Gloucester
*Sheriff of Lichfield
*Sheriff of Lincoln
*Sheriffs of the City of London
*Sheriff of Nottingham
*Sheriff of Norwich
*Sheriff of Oxford
*Sheriff of Poole
*Sheriff of Southampton
*Sheriff of York


*High Sheriff of Clwyd
*High Sheriff of Dyfed
*High Sheriff of Gwent
*High Sheriff of Gwynedd
*High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan
*High Sheriff of Powys
*High Sheriff of South Glamorgan
*High Sheriff of West Glamorgan

Town sheriffs

*Sheriff of Carmarthen
*Sheriff of Haverfordwest

Northern Ireland

*High Sheriff of County Armagh
*High Sheriff of County Antrim
*High Sheriff of County Down
*High Sheriff of County Fermanagh
*High Sheriff of County Londonderry
*High Sheriff of County Tyrone

*High Sheriff of Belfast (City)
*High Sheriff of Londonderry (City)

External links

* [ The Association of High Sheriffs]
* [ The National Association of City and Town Sheriffs of England and Wales]

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