(chosen by Mayor )
(Any abbreviated sources are listed in full below the notes.)1 — Stockfishmonger: Beaven II.4. Grocer: LBI (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/009) fo. 135r (as sheriff 1414-15); Fishmonger: LBF (LMA MS: COL/AD/01/006) fo. 234r (as mayor 1424-25, 1436-67) and Stow/K II.172 and 173 (as mayor 1424-25, 1436-37). Beaven II.4 n. 7 cites his own Notes & Queries article on the company concerned: S.10, 12 (6 November 1909) 361-62. Nightingale states (pp. 379-81) that all three of John Michell (Fishmonger), William Sevenoke (Ironmonger), and William Cauntbrigge (Ironmonger) became Grocers, that Cauntbrigge called himself both Ironmonger and Grocer, and that Michell eventually chose the Fishmongers over the Grocers.
Beaven: Alfred B. Beaven, The Aldermen of the City of London, 2 vols. London: Corporation of London, 1908-13.
LB: Letter Book. Manuscript series (from A onward) at the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA).
LMA MS: Manuscript at the London Metropolitan Archives, London.
Nightingale: Pamela Nightingale, A Medieval Mercantile Community: The Grocers Company and the Politics and Trade of London 1000-1485. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1995.
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.)