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Name Guild Held Office
Derby, John
(Chosen by Mayor )

Draper, Tailor 1  
1445-46 Sheriff
1445-46 Sheriff


(Any abbreviated sources are listed in full below the notes.)

1Beaven I.330 n.2 notes that Derby is described in his will (1479) as a Draper [see Wills II.579-80] but that he appears to be identical to the John Derby who was master of the Tailors and Linen Armourers in 1461-62. See also Beaven I.82 and 345, and II.9. In LBK (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/010) fo. 283v Derby is identified as a Draper, and also in Drapers' MS WA1 (formerly MS +140), passim. Caroline M. Barron, 'Ralph Holland and the London Radicals,' rpt. in eds. Richard Holt and Gervase Rosser, The Medieval Town: A Reader in English Urban History 1200-1540 (New York: Longman, 1990) p. 162 n. 8 cites Derby as unusually both a Draper and a Tailor. Cf. 1429-30 sheriff Holland and 1437-38 sheriff Chapman.

Note Sources

Wills: Calendar of Wills proved and enrolled in the Court of Husting, London A.D. 1258-A.D.1688, ed. Reginald R. Sharpe. London: Corporation of London, 1889-90.

Beaven: Alfred B. Beaven, The Aldermen of the City of London, 2 vols. London: Corporation of London, 1908-13.

Drapers' MS: Manuscript at Drapers' Hall, London.

LB: Letter Book. Manuscript series (from A onward) at the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA).

LMA MS: Manuscript at the London Metropolitan Archives, London.

Notes About Company Names

Grocers were originally called Pepperers; the company appears to have emerged as Grocers in 1372; and the Merchant Taylors were until 6 January 1503 the Tailors and Linen Armourers. For both companies the original name is used until the year of the change, and then the new name, regardless of whether the sources consulted use the old or the new designation. The Fishmongers and the Stockfishmongers were originally different companies which, after one union which did not succeed, were finally united on a permanent basis in 1536. The two different names are here reproduced until 1536, from which year only the Fishmonger designation is used, regardless of the readings of the sources. (See Companies / Occupations, on the site menu, for reference sources.)