High Sheriff of Avon

High Sheriff of Avon

The office of High Sheriff is over 1000 years old, with its establishment before the Norman Conquest. The Office of High Sheriff remained first in precedence in the counties until the reign of Edward VII when an Order in Council in 1908 gave the Lord-Lieutenant the prime office under the Crown as the Sovereign's personal representative. The High Sheriff remains the Sovereign's representative in the County for all matters relating to the Judiciary and the maintenance of law and order.

The county of Avon was formed in 1974 and abolished in 1996. Before and after this time the area covered was in a variety of other shrievalties, including Somerset, Bristol and Gloucestershire.


  • 1974: Hugh Charles Innes Rogers, of Beach House
  • 1975: John Foster Robinson CBE TD, of St. Georges Hill
  • 1976: Simon Melville Wills, of the Manor House, Walton-in-Gordano
  • 1977: Malcolm Allinson Anson, of Hill Court
  • 1978: Ewart Agnew Boddington, of Fanshawe Brook Farm
  • 1979: Thomas Lloyd Robinson TD, of Lechlade
  • 1980: Mary Ada Phoebe Towill, of Urchinwood Manor
  • 1981: Roderick Macdonald Davidson, of 13 Buckingham Vale, Clifton
  • 1982: Peter Douglas Smith, of Westbrook
  • 1983: Colonel Charles James Stewart OBE TD, of Thornton
  • 1984: Christopher Wilson Thomas CBE, of Bourne House
  • 1985:
  • 1986: Sir Alexander Walter Merrison FRS, of The Manor, Hinton Blewett
  • 1987: Robert Alexander Chermside, of The Old Rectory, Tormarton
  • 1988: Charles Richard Thurlow Laws, of Jerome House
  • 1989: Sir George White, 4th Baronet, of Pypers
  • 1990: Robert Foxcroft Robertson-Glasgow, of Hinton House
  • 1991: Andrew Milton Reid, of Parsonage Farm
  • 1992: Francis William Greenacre, of 3 Cecil Road, Clifton
  • 1993: Hylton Henry Bayntun-Coward
  • 1994: Christopher Marsden-Smedley, of Church Farm
  • 1995: James Napier Tidmarsh MBE, of 8 Princes Buildings, Clifton
  • 1996: George Robert Paget Ferguson, of 5 Windsor Terrace, Clifton


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