Fitz William, William
(Any abbreviated sources are listed in full below the notes.)1 — In this year Robert Johnson, Goldsmith, was elected sheriff, along with William Copynger (the mayor's choice: Jor. 10 [LMA MS: COL/CC/01/01/010] fo. 364v), but the king refused to admit Johnson. See Stow/K II.179 (Thomas Johnson) n. 2. Johnson appears, however, in the Stow/K main listings; and Beaven II.21 lists him as sheriff in 1506. LBM's entry for the election of sheriffs in 1506 (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/012 fo. 124r) is unfinished. The Mercers' MS Acts of Court 1 records (fo. 137v, assembly of 8 October) the dismissal of Johnson and the admitting of William Fitz William, who is listed by Beaven II.21 as sheriff 1506-07.
Beaven: Alfred B. Beaven, The Aldermen of the City of London, 2 vols. London: Corporation of London, 1908-13.
Jor.: Journal. Manuscript series at the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA).
LB: Letter Book. Manuscript series (from A onward) at the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA).
LMA MS: Manuscript at the London Metropolitan Archives, London.
Mercers' MS: Manuscript at Mercers' Hall, London.
Stow/K: John Stow, A Survey of London, ed. Charles Lethbridge Kingsford. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1908.
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.)