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Historic list of High Sheriffs of Sussex from 1086 to 1974

Below is a list of all High Sheriffs of Sussex from around the year 1086 until 1974; after that date there were separate High Sheriffs for East and West Sussex — see Past High Sheriffs of West Sussex from 1974.

Also shown are the monarchs who reigned at the time of each High Sheriff's period of office.

 

Year High Sheriff   Year High Sheriff
In the reign of WILLIAM I & II (1066 – 1100)   In the reign of JAMES I (1603 – 1625)
1086 Gislebertus   1607 Henry Morley
c1086 Robert FitzTerbald   1608 Sir George Gunter
c1080-1095 Ralph de Bocco   1609 Sir Thomas Hunt
c1091 E FitzAuger   1610 John Lountesford
In the reign of HENRY I (1100 – 1135)   1611 Edward Bellingham
1100 William, Son of Wilbert   1612 William Wignall
1120 William FitzAuger   1613 Edward Goring
1129-1130 Hugh de Warleville   1614 Sir John Willdigos
1133 William de Pont de l'Arche   1615 Rola Tropps/Sir John Morgan
In the reign of STEPHEN (1135 – 1154)   1616 Sir John Shirley
c1145 Ailwin   1617 John Middleton
C1145 Roger Hay   1618 Sir John Howland
In the reign of HENRY II (1154 – 1189)   1619 Nicholas Eversfield
1154 Hugh de Warleville   1620 Richard Michelborne
1155 Mauger de Maleuvenant   1621 Sir Francis Leigh
1156 Richard de Humez (Paganus)   1622 Sir Thomas Springett
1157-59 Rodophus Picol   1623 Sir Ben Pelham
1160 Ralph Picot   1624 Ambrose Browne
1161-62 Hilary, Bishop of Chichester   In the reign of CHARLES I (1625 – 1649)
1163 Henry Archdeacon   1625 Edward Alford
1164-70 Roger Hay   1626 Thomas Bowyer
1171-76 Reginald de Warenn   1627 Edward Jordan
1177-87 Roger Fitz Reufride   1628 Sir Stephen Boord
1188 William de Ruffus   1629 Anthony May
In the reign of RICHARD I (1189 – 1199)   1630-31 Sir William Walter
1189 Philip Ruffus   1632 Sir John Chapman
1190-91 Philip de Tresgar   1633 Richard Evelyn
1192-93 John Marescal   1634 William Culpeper
1194-98 William Marescal   1635 Unknown
1198 Michael de Apletrichan   1636 Sir Edward Bishop
In the reign of JOHN (1199 – 1216)   1637 Anthony Fowle
1199 Michael de Apletrichan/ William Marescal   1638 Anthony Foster
1200 Robert de Turnham   1639 Edward Apsley
1201 John Chapter   1640 George Churchar
1202 William Marescal   1641 Egid Garton
1203 Michael de Apletricham/ John Ferles   1642 Sir Edward Ford
1204-07 William de Chaignes   1643 John Baker
1208 John Fitz Hugonis   1644 Edward Paine
1209 William Briwere   1645 Unknown
1210 John Fitz Hugonis   1646 Thomas Eversfield
1211-15 Matthew FitzHerbert   1647- 63 Deficient
In the reign of HENRY III (1216 – 1272)   In the reign of CHARLES II (1660 – 1685)
1216 Unknown   1665 William Spence
1217 Gilbert de Barrier   1666 John Morley
1218 Matthew FitzHerbert   1667 William Green
1219-24 Gilbert de Barrier, Matthew FitzHerbert & Herbert FitzWalter   1668 Richard Stringer
1225-28 Matthew FitzHerbert & Herbert FitzWalter   1669 Walter Dowbell
1629 Unknown   1670 Thomas Collins
1630-31 Robert de Laudelawe/ Henry de Wintershul   1671 William Kempe
1232 Peter de Rivalis   1672 Robert Heath
1233 Peter de Rivalis/Henry de Chancellis   1673 John Fuller
1234 Simon de Echingham/Joel de Sancto Germano   1674 Francis Wyatt
1235 Henry de Bada/ Simon de Echingham/Joel de Sancto Germano   1675 Isaac Honeywood
1236-37 John de Gatesden/ Philip de Crofts   1676 John Spence
1238 John de Gatesden   1677 Richard Payne
1239 John de Gatesdene /Philip de Crofts   1678 John Honeywood
1240 Unknown   1679 John Boarde
1241 Philip de Crofts   1680 Thomas Smith
1242-44 Ralph de Camois   1681 Thomas Arnold
1245-48 Robert de Sauvage   1682 William Pelham
1249-51 Nicholas de Wauncy   1683 Henry Goring
1252-53 William & Nicholas de Munchcledevr   1684 Edward Selwyn
1254 Humphrey de Fering   In the reign of JAMES II (1685 – 1689)
1255-56 Geoffrey de Cruce   1685 Robert Mitchell
1257 Gerald de Evyngton   1686 Sir Thomas Dyke
1258 David de Jarpenvill   1687 John Fuller
1259-60 John de Wanton   1688 Humphrey Fowle
1261 William la Zuch (William Aquillan) - part   In the reign of WILLIAM & MARY (1689 – 1702)
1261-66 Robert de Aguyllon   1689 Sir John Gage
1267-69 Roger de Loges   1690 Peter Gott
1270-71 Roger de Loges   1691 George Courthopp
In the reign of EDWARD I (1272 – 1307)   1692 Henry Yeates
1272-73 Matthew de Hastings   1693 John Newman
1274 William de Herne   1694 John Gratwicke
1275-77 John de Wanton   1695 William Pellatt
1278-79 Emery de Cancellis   1696 Francis Wyatt
1280-84 Nicholas le Gras   1697 William Leeves
1285-86 Richard de Pevenese   1698 Richard Farrington
1287-91 William de Pageham   1699 John Ward
1292-97 Robert de Glaumorgan   1700 Henry Bray
1298-1301 John Abel   1701 Thomas Alchorne
1302-03 Walter de Geddinge (John Harneys)   1702 John Barham
1304-06 Robert de la Knole   In the reign of ANNE (1702 – 1714)
In the reign of EDWARD II (1307 – 1327)   1703 John Ellis
1307 Walter de Geddinge   1704 John Butler
1308-12 William of Henle & Robert de Stangrave/William de Mare   1705 Samuel Blunt
1313-14 Peter de Vienna   1706 Arthur Turner
1315-16 William de Mare   1707 John Shelley
1317 Walter le Gras   1708 John Miller
1318 Walter le Gras/ Peter de Worldham   1709 Allan Wallis
1319-20 Peter de Worldham/Henry Hussey   1710 John Young
1321 Henry Hussey   1711 William Knight
1322-23 Nicholas Gentil   1712 Hugh Reasons
1324-26 Peter de Worldham/Andrew Medested   1713 Henry Collins
In the reign of EDWARD III (1327 – 1377)   1714 Francis Hamlyn
1327 Nicholas Gentil   In the reign of GEORGE I (1714 – 1727)
1328-30 Nicholas Gentil/Robert de Stangave   1715 Nicholas Turner
1331 John Dabernon   1716 James Smith
1332-33 William Vaughan   1717 Charles Goodwin
1334-36 William Vaughan/ John Dabernon   1718 John Watson
1337-38 William Vaughan   1719 William Peckham
1339 Godfrey de Hunston   1720-21 Thomas Dennett
1340 Godfrey de Hunston/William de Northo   1722 William Markwick
1341 William de Northo/Hugo de Bowsey   1723 John Mitchell
1342-43 Andrew Peverel/Hugo de Bowsey   1724 Thomas Fuller
1344 William de Northo   1725 Thomas Brereton
1345-47 Regin de Forrister   1726 James Colebrook
1348 Roger Dabernon   1727 Thomas Shadwell
1349-51 Thomas Hoo   In the reign of GEORGE II (1727 – 1760)
1352-53 Richard de St Oweyn   1728 Isaac Honeywood
1354 Simon de Codington   1729 Ogle Riggs
1355 Roger de Lukenor   1730 Unknown
1356 William North   1731 John Borde
1357-59 Thomas de Hoo   1732 Unknown
1360-62 Unknown   1733 Henry Montegue
1363 Simon de Codington   1734 William Stone
1364 Ranulph Thurnham   1735 Bernard Lintott
1365 John Wayleys   1736 Edward Parker
1366 John Weyville   1737 George Spencer
1367-68 Andreas Sackvile   1738 John Payne
1369-70 Ranulph Thurnham   1739 John Nicholl
1371 William Neidegate   1740 Edward Tredcroft
1372 Roger Dalingrugge   1741 John Dennett
1373 Nicholas Wilcombe   1742 John Edwards
1374 Robert de Loxley   1743 John Napper
1375 Robert Atte Hele   1744 Thomas Ridge
1376 John St Clere   1745 Timothy Shelley
In the reign of RICHARD II (1377 – 1399)   1746 George Luxford
1377 William Percy   1747 John Fuller
1378 Edward Fitzherbert   1748 Peckham Williams
1379 John de Hadresham   1749 Robert Bull
1380 Nicholas Sleyfeld   1750 William Watson
1381 William Percy   1751 Robert Randall
1382 William Weston   1752 William Barttelot
1383 William de Waleys   1753 John Major
1384 Robert Rutborne   1754 Joseph Calverley
1385 Richard Hurst   1755 James Ward
1386-87 Thomas Hardin   1756 John Goble
1388 Edward de St John   1757 John Margesson
1389 Robert Atte Mulle   1758 Unknown
1390 John Robert de Eckingham   1759 Unknown
1391 Nicholas Carew   In the reign of GEORGE III (1760 – 1820)
1392 Thomas Jardin   1760 John Aldridge
1393 Nicholas Slyfeld   1761 William Thomas
1394 Edward St John   1762 Thomas Granger
1395 John Ashburnham   1763 Thomas Fowle
1396 William Fienes   1764 John Payne
1397 John Salerne   1765 Samuel Lewes
1398 William Fienes   1766 John Burgess
In the reign of HENRY IV (1399 – 1412)   1767 James Wood
1399 Radul Codington   1768 John Paine
1400 Nicholas Carew   1769 John Laker
1401 John Pelham   1770 William Westbrooke Richardson
1402 John Ashburnham   1771 William Richardson
1403-04 Robert Atte Mulle   1772 William Gratwicke
1405 Philip St Clere   1773 Kemble Whateley
1406 Thomas Sackvile   1774 George Peckham
1407 Thomas Clipsham   1775 Thomas Baker
1408 William Verd   1776 Edward Hutchinson
1409 Thomas Ashburnham   1777 Thomas Kempe
1410 John Warner Campie   1778 Colville Bridger
1411 John Waterton   1779 John Harrison
In the reign of HENRY V (1412 – 1422)   1780 Sir John Bridger
1412-13 John Haysham   1781 William Peachey
1414 John Wintershul   1782 William Frankland
1415 John Clipsham   1783 John Norton
1416 John Uvedale   1784 Thomas Dennett
1417 John Weston   1785 William Nelthorpe
1418 James Knotesford   1786 Francis Sergison
1419 John Clipsham   1787 Richard Wyatt
1420 John Hace   1788 John Bean
1421 John Bolvey / James Knotesford   1789 Sir Ferdinando Poole
In the reign of HENRY VI (1422 – 1483)   1790 Sir Ferdinando Poole
1422-23 Sir Roger Fiennes   1791 Henry Manning
1424 John Wintershul   1792 John Drew
1425 John Clipsham   1793 Edmund Woods
1426 Thomas Lewkenor   1794 Thomas Richardson
1427 John Ferriby   1795 Samuel Twyford
1428 William Warbleton   1796 Francis Newbery
1429 John Wintershul   1797 John Fuller
1430 William Uvedale   1798 Charles Scrase-Dickins
1431 William Finch   1799 Richard Streatfield
1432 Sir Thomas Lewkenor   1800 Charles Pigou
1433 John Anderne   1801 Sir Thomas Carr
1434 Richard Waller   1802 William Borrer
1435 Sir Roger Fiennes   1803 Sir William Ashburnham
1436 Richard Dalingrugg   1804 John Dennett
1437 John Ferriby   1805 William Margesson
1438 Thomas Uvedale   1806 William Gorringe
1439 James Fiennes   1807 John Micklethwaite
1440 Roger Lewkenor   1808 William Stanford
1441 Nicholas Carew   1809 Thomas Tourle
1442 Walter Strickland   1810 Richard Wyatt
1443 John Stanley   1811 William Dearling
1444 John Basket   1812 George Tyson
1445 Nicholas Carew   1813 Edward Napper
1446 Nicholas Husey   1814 Thomas Peckham Phipps
1447 William Belknape   1815 Richard Watt Walker
1448 Robert Radmill   1816 James Ingram
1449 Nicholas Carew   1817 James Cranborne Strode
1450 John Pennycocke   1818 John King
1451 John Lewkenor   1819 John Wood
1452 Thomas Yard   In the reign of GEORGE IV (1820 – 1830)
1453 Sir Richard Fiennes   1820 William Campion
1454 Walter Devenish   1821 Richard Hasler
1455 John Knotesford   1822 James Eversfield
1456 Sir Thomas Cobham   1823 Richard Prime
1457 Nicholas Husey   1824 Daniel Rowland
1458 Thomas Basset   1825 James Slater
1459 Thomas Tresham   1826 John Hawkins
1460 Robert Fiennes   1827 Sir Charles Goring
In the reign of EDWARD IV (1461 – 1483)   1828 Unknown
1461 Nicholas Gainsford   1829 Sir Charles Lamb
1462-63 Walter Denis   1830 Thomas Sanctuary
1464 Thomas Goring   In the reign of WILLIAM IV (1830 – 1837)
1465 Sir Thomas Uvedale   1831 William Courthope Mabbott
1466 William Cheney   1832 Alexander Donovan
1467 Thomas Vaughan   1833 Thomas Broadwood
1468 Sir Roger Lewkenor   1834 The Hon Robert Curzon
1469 Nicholas Gainsford   1835 Charles Dixon
1470 Richard Lewkenor   1836 John King
1471 Thomas St Leger   1837 George Palmer
1472 John Gainsford   In the reign of VICTORIA (1837 – 1901)
1473 Nicholas Gainsford   1838 George Wagner
1474 Thomas Lewkenor   1839 Thomas Frewen
1475 Thomas Echingham   1840 John Davies Gilbert
1476 John Wode   1841 Sir Richard Hunter
1477 Sir Henry Roos   1842 George Wyndham
1478 William Weston   1843 Musgrave Brisco
1479 Thomas Combs   1844 Edward Hussey
1480 John Ebrington   1845 James Baril Daubuz
1481 Thomas Fiennes   1846 William Townley Mitford
1482 John Apseley   1847 William Gratwicke
In the reign of RICHARD III (1483 – 1485)   1848 Sir Sotherton Peckham Micklethwait
1483 Sir Henry Roos   1849 Richard Shuttleworth Streatfield
1484 John Dudley   1850 George Campion Courthope
1485 John Norbury / Richard Gainsford   1851 David Lyon
In the reign of HENRY VII (1485 – 1509)   1852 Philip Salomans
1486 Nicholas Gainsford   1853 Francis Barchard
1487 Thomas Coombes   1854 John Day
1488 William Merston   1855 George Carew Gibson
1489 Robert Morley   1856 William Shadwell
1490 John Apseley   1857 Richard Pomfret
1491 Richard Lewkenor   1858 Edward Smith Bigg
1492 Edward Dawtree   1859 William Blaauw
1493 John Leigh   1860 Charles Scrase-Dickins
1494 John Coke   1861 George Gatty
1495 John Apseley   1862 The Hon John Jervis Carnegie
1496 Richard Lewkenor   1863 John Fletcher
1497 Matthew Brown   1864 William Woods
1498 Richard Sackville   1865 Sir Percy Shelly
1499 John Coke   1866 John Hankey
1500 Thomas Ashburnham   1867 Colonel Francis Harcourt
1501 John Gainsford   1868 Henry Crofts
1502 Sir Richard Carew   1869 Colonel George Kirwan Carr Lloyd
1503 John Apseley   1870 James Montefiore
1504 Rad Shirley   1871 Walter Burrell
1505 Richard Sackvile   1872 Sir James Duke, Bt
1506 Godfrey Oxenbridge   1873 Sir Charles Blunt, Bt
1507 William Ashburnham   1874 George Meek
1508 Thomas Morton   1875 William Hubbard
1509 Sir Thomas Fiennes   1876 William Morland
In the reign of HENRY VIII (1509 – 1553)   1877 Robert Loder
1510 John Leigh   1878 Louis Huth
1511 Edward Lewkenor   1879 Charles Lucas
1512 Sir Roger Lewkenor   1880 Anthony Biddulph
1513 Sir Godfrey Oxenbridge   1881 James Esdaile
1514 Richard Shirley   1882 Donald Larnach
1515 Roger Copley   1883 Sir George Rendlesham Prescott, Bt
1516 Sir John Leigh   1884 Hugh Wyatt
1517 William Ashburnham   1885 Henry Freshfield
1518 Sir John Gainsford   1886 Frederick Shenstone
1519 Richard Carewe   1887 Lt Col Thomas Faulconer Wisden
1520 Sir Godfrey Oxenbridge   1888 Lt Col James Clifton Brown
1521 John Scott   1889 Sir Spencer Maryon-Brown
1522 Sir Edward Bray   1890 Robert Thornton
1523 Richard Covert   1891 Wilfrid Loder
1524 John William Ashburnham   1892 Philip Rawson
1525 Sir Thomas West   1893 James Innes
1526 Richard Shirley   1894 Charles Fletcher
1527 Sir John Dawtry   1895 Sir Francis Montefiore, Bt
1528 John Sackvile   1896 Edward Huth
1529 Richard Belingham   1897 William James
1530 Sir Roger Copley   1898 Sir Henry Harben
1531 Sir William Goring   1899 Captain Richard Rawson
1532 Sir Roger Lewkenor   1900 Major Robert Lawrence Thornton
1533 Christopher Moore   1901 Charles Egerton Legge
1534 John Palmer   In the reign of EDWARD VII (1901 – 1910)
1535 Richard Belingham   1902 Alfred Henry Burton
1536 Sir William Goring   1903 Edwin Henty
1537 Sir Richard Page   1904 Charles James Lucas
1538 Nicholas Gainsford   1905 Hugh Richard Penfold Wyatt
1539 Sir Edward Bray   1906 Philip Secretan
1540 Sir Christopher Moore   1907 Douglas Bernard Hall
1541 John Sackvile   1908 Sir Alfred Dent, KCMG
1542 Thomas Darell   1909 John Waddington
1543 Richard Belingham   1910 James Buchanan
1544 John Palmer   In the reign of GEORGE V (1910 – 1936)
1546 John Thetcher   1911 John Ashburner Nix
In the reign of EDWARD VI (1546 – 1553)   1912 William Barratt Montford Bird
1547 Sir John Dawtrey   1913 Sir John Luscombe, Bt
1548 Sir Thomas Carden   1914 James Hull Renton
1549 John Scott   1915 Colonel Robert Stephenson-Clarke
1550 Sir Nicholas Pelham   1916 William Herbert Mullens
1551 Sir William Goring   1917 Lt Col A Sutherland-Harris
1552 Robert Oxenbridge   1918 Sir Merrik Raymond Burrell, Bt
1553 Sir Anthony Brown   1919 George Mallows Freeman
In the reign of MARY (1553 – 1558)   1920 William Footner Foster
1553 Sir Thomas Saunders   1921 Francis Barchard
1554 John Covert   1922 Stanley Martyn Dennis
1555 William Saunders   1923 Frederick Wootton Isaacson
1556 Sir Edward Gage   1924 Sir Stephenson Hamilton Kent, KCB
1557 John Ashburnham   1925 Lt Comdr Hugh Sydney Egerton
1558 William Moore   1926 Lt Col Rowland Vaughan Gwyanne
In the reign of ELIZABETH I (1558 – 1603)   1927 Sir Edward Boyle, Bt
1558 Sir Thomas Palmer   1928 Sir Robert Kindersley
1559 John Colepeper   1929 Captain Guy Vernon Baxendale
1560 John Stidolph   1930 Captain Ronald Olaf Hambro
1561 Henry Goring   1931 Philip Stavely Foster
1562 William Gresham   1932 Brig-Gen Desmond Beale-Brown, DSO
1563 Richard Covert   1933 Lt Col RW McKergow, OBE, DL
1564 Anthony Pelham   1934 Thomas Percy Tew
1565 William Dawtry   1935 William Henry Abbey
1566 Edward Bellingham   In the reign of EDWARD VIII (1936 – 1936)
1567 John Apsley   1936 Lt Col Leonard Charles Messel, OBE, TD
1568 Henry Goring   In the reign of GEORGE VI (1936 – 1952)
1569 Edward Carrell   1937 Major Aubrey du Plat Thorold Cole
1570 John Pelham   1938 Brevet Col John Raymond Warren, OBE, MC, TD, DL
1571 Sir Thomas Palmer   1939 Anthony Mallows Freeman, MBE
1572 Francis Shirley   1940 Hon Bernard Clive Pearson
1573 John Rede / Richard Polsted   1941 Edmund Stephenson Clarke
1574 Henry Pelham   1942 Lt Col Giles Harold Loder, MC
1575 William Gresham   1943 Edwin Fisher
1576 Sir Thomas Shirley   1944 Basil Ionides
1577 George Goring   1945 Major John Roland Abbey
1578 Sir William Moore   1946 Giles Fendall Newton, MBE
1579 William Morley   1947 Col Walter Churchill Hale, OBE, MC. TD
1580 Edward Slifeld   1948 Sir Giles Rolls Loder, Bt
1581 Sir Thomas Browne   1949 Sir Stephen Demetriadi, KBE
1582 Walter Covert   1950 Robert Strickland Gilbert Scott
1583 Thomas Bishop   1951 Lt Cmdr Herbert Robert Hardy, RNVR
1584 Richard Bostock   1952 Capt Lord Rupert Nevill
1585 Nicholas Parker   In the reign of ELIZABETH II (1952 –)
1586 Richard Browne   1953 Captain Edwin Howard Wethey, CBE, RN
1587 John Carrell   1954 Cornelius W Shelford
1588 Thomas Pelham   1955 Gavin Astor
1589 Henry Pelham   1956 Henry Eeles
1590 Robert Linsey   1957 Roger Wilby Hall
1591 Sir Walter Covert   1958 George Bentley Dacre
1592 Sir Nicholas Parker   1959 Thomas Dundas
1593 William Gardeaux   1960 John Wyndham
1594 Richard Leech   1961 Frank Rogerson
1595 Edmund Culpeper   1962 John Derek Hornung
1596 George Moore   1963 William l Baxendale
1597 James Colebrand   1964 Richard Boughey
1598 Thomas Everfield   1965 Geoffrey Hardy Roberts
1599 Edmund Boier   1966 Patrick JF Colvin
1600 Thomas Bishop   1967 Michael Grissell
1601 John Ashburnham   1968 William Segrave
1602 Robert Lynsey   1969 Ian Askew
In the reign of JAMES I (1603 – 1625)   1970 Michael J Warren
1603 Robert Linsey   1971 J Richard Greenwood
1604 Sir Henry Goring   1972 Ralph EW Grubb
1605 Sir Edward Culpeper   1973 John Derek Wigan
1606 Sir Thomas Hoskings