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Former Mayors and Lord Mayors

From 1842 to 1891, the position of Mayor was referred to as Mayor of Belfast. From 1892 onwards, the position became known as Lord Mayor of Belfast.

Glossary of abbreviations

 MD Medical Doctor 
 DL Deputy Lieutenant 
 MA Master of Arts 
 JP Justice of Peace 
LLD  Doctorate in Laws 
KVOC  Knight of the Royal Victorian Order 
HML  Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant 
MP  Member of Parliament 
Bt or Bart  Baronet 
BA  Bachelor of Arts 
FAI  Fellow of the (chartered) Auctioneers' Institute 
FCIS  Fellow Chartered Institute of Secretaries 
ERD  Army Emergency Reserve Decoration 
ODAS  Order of Distinguished Auxiliary Service (Salvation Army) 

 

Former Mayors (1842 to 1891)

Mayor

Year of office

Other awards

George Dunbar
1842
 
George Dunbar
1843
 
John Dunbar
1844
 
Andrew Mulholland
1845
 
John Kane
1846
 
John Harrison
1847
 
George Suffern
1848
 
William Gilliland Johnston
1849
 Knighted in 1849
James Sterling
1850
 
James Sterling
1851
 
Samuel Graeme Fenton
1852
 
William McGee, MD
1853
 Medical Doctor
Frederick Harry Lewis
1854
 
Thomas Verner
1855
 
Samuel Gibson Getty
1856
 
Samuel Gibson Getty
1857
 
Samuel Gibson Getty
1858
 
William Ewart Jr
1859
 
William Ewart Jr
1860
 
Edward Coey
1861
 Knighted in 1861
Charles Lanyon
1862
 Knighted in 1868
John Lyttle
1863
 
John Lyttle
1864
 
John Lyttle
1865
 
William Mullan
1866
 
David Taylor
1867
 Knighted in 1884
Samuel McCausland
1868
 
Frederick Harry Lewis
1869
 
Samuel Browne, MD
1870
 
Philip Johnston
1871
 
John Savage
1872
 Knighted in 1872
James Alexander Henderson
1873
 
James Alexander Henderson
1874
 
Thomas Graham Lindsay
1875
 
Robert Boag
1876
 Knighted in 1877
John Preston
1877
 
John Preston
1878
 Knighted in 1878
John Browne
1879
 
John Browne
1880
 
Edward Porter Cowan
1881
 Knighted in 1881
Sir Edward Porter Cowan
1882
 
David Taylor
1883
 
Sir David Taylor
1884
 Knighted in 1884
Edward J Harland
1885
 Created Baronet of the UK in 1885
Sir Edward Harland, Bart
1886
 Knighted
James Horner Haslett
1887
 Knighted
Sir James Horner Haslett, Bart
1888
 
Charles C Connor
1889
 
Charles C Connor
1890
 
Charles C Connor
1891
 

Former Lord Mayors from 1892

Mayor 

Year of office 

 Other awards 

Daniel Dixon 1892  Knighted in 1892
Sir Daniel Dixon 1893  
William McCammond 1894
William McCammond 1895 Knighted in 1895 
W J Pirrie 1896 Appointed a member of HM Privy Council in Ireland in 1897. Created Baron of the UK in 1906, KP in 1908 and Viscount in 1921.
W J Pirrie 1897  
James Henderson, DL, MA 1898  Knighted in 1899
Otto Jaffe 1899  
RJ McConnell 1900  Created Baronet of the UK
Sir Daniel Dixon, DL 1901  
Sir Daniel Dixon, DL 1902  Appointed a member of HM Privy Council in Ireland in 1902
The Right Hon. Sir Daniel Dixon DL 1903  Created Baronet of the United Kingdom in 1903
Sir Otto Jaffe, LLD, JP 1904  
The Right Hon. Sir Daniel Dixon Bart, DL 1905  
The Right Hon. Sir Daniel Dixon Bart, DL, MP 1906  
The Right Hon. The Earl of Shaftesbury, KVOC, HML 1907  
Sir Robert Anderson, JP 1908  
Sir Robert Anderson, JP 1909  
R J McMordie, MA, MP 1910  
R J McMordie, MA, MP 1911  
R J McMordie, MA, MP 1912  
R J McMordie, MA, MP 1913  
R J McMordie, MA, MP until his death, March 25 1914  
Sir Robert Anderson, appointed 27 March
Crawford McCullagh, elected 1 April
Crawford McCullagh 1915  Knighted in 1915
Sir Crawford McCullagh 1916  
James Johnson, JP 1917  
James Johnson, JP 1918  Knighted in 1918. Appointed a member of HM Privy Council in Ireland in 1919.
John C White 1919  Appointed a member of HM Privy Council in 1919.
William Frederick Coates, DL 1920
Sir William Coates, Bart, DL 1921 Created Baronet of the UK in 1921 
SIr William Coates, Bart, DL 1922  
William George Turner 1923
Sir William Turner 1924 Knighted in 1924 
Sir William Turner 1925  
Sir William Turner 1926  
Sir William Turner DL 1927  Appointed a member of HM Privy Council.
The Right Hon. Sir William Turner, DL 1928  
Sir William Coates, Bart, DL 1929  
Sir William Coates, Bart, DL 1930  
Sir Crawford McCullagh, JP 1931  
Sir Crawford McCullagh, DL, JP 1932  
Sir Crawford McCullagh, DL, JP 1933  
Sir Crawford McCullagh, DL, JP 1934  
Sir Crawford McCullagh, DL, JP 1935  Created a Baronet of the UK in 1935
Sir Crawford McCullagh, Bart, DL, JP 1936  
Sir Crawford McCullagh, Bart, DL, JP 1937  
Sir Crawford McCullagh, Bart, DL, JP 1938  
Sir Crawford McCullagh, Bart, DL, JP 1939  
SIr Crawford McCullagh, Bart, DL, JP 1940  
Sir Crawford McCullagh, Bart, DL, JP 1941  
George R Black, JP, May 22 until December 28 1942  
The Right Hon. Sir Crawford McCullagh, Bart, DL, JP 1943  
The Right Hon. Sir Crawford McCullagh, Bart, DL, JP 1944  
The Right Hon. Sir Crawford McCullagh, Bart, DL, JP 1945  
William Frederick Neill, JP, FAI, MP 1946  
William Frederick Neill, JP, FAI, MP 1947  
William Frederick Neill, JP, FAI, MP 1948  Knighted in 1948
William Ernest George Johnston, BA 1949  
William Ernest George Johnston, BA 1950  Knighted in 1951
James Henry Norritt, JP, FCIS 1951  
James Henry Norritt, JP, FCIS 1952  Knighted in 1953
Percival Brown, CBE, FAI 1953  Knighted in 1953
Sir Percival Brown, CBE, FAI 1954  
Robert John Rolston Harcourt, JP 1955  
Robert John Rolston Harcourt, JP 1956  Knighted in 1959
Major William Cecil McKee, ERD 1957  
Major William Cecil McKee, ERD 1958  Knighted in 1959
Robert George Caldwell Kinahan, ERD, JP 1959  
Robert George Caldwell Kinahan, ERD, JP 1960  Knighted in 1961
Martin Kelso Wallace, JP 1961  
Martin Kelso Wallace, JP 1962 Knighted in 1963 
William Jenkins, JP 1963  
William Jenkins, JP 1964  
William Jenkins, JP 1965  
William Duncan Geddis, JP 1966  
William Duncan Geddis, JP 1967  
William Duncan Geddis, JP 1968  Knighted in 1969
 Joseph Foster Cairns, JP 1969  
Joseph Foster Cairns, JP 1970  
Joseph Foster Cairns, JP 1971  Knighted in 1972
William Christie, MBE, JP, ODAS 1972  
William Christie, MBE, JP, ODAS 1973  
William Christie, MBE, JP, ODAS 1974  Knighted in 1975
Miles Humphreys 1975  
Miles Humphreys 1976  
James Stewart 1977  
David Cook 1978  
William Bell 1979  
John Carson 1980  
Grace Bannister 1981  
Thomas William Sanderson Patton 1982  
Councillor A Ferguson 1983  
Councillor A Ferguson 1984  
Alderman John Carson 1985  
Alderman Sammy Wilson 1986  
Alderman John J D Gilmore 1987  
Councillor Nigel A Dodds 1988  
Councillor Reginald Empey 1989  
Councillor Fred Cobain 1990  
Councillor Nigel A Dodds 1991  
Councillor Herbert Ditty 1992  
Councillor Reginald Empey 1993  
Councillor Hugh Smyth 1994  
Councillor Eric Smyth 1995  
Councillor Ian Adamson 1996  
Councillor Alban Maginness 1997  
Councillor David Alderdice 1998  
Councillor Robert Stoker 1999  
Councillor Sammy Wilson MLA 2000  
Councillor Jim Rodgers 2001  
Councillor Alex Maskey MLA 2002  
Councillor Martin Morgan 2003  
Councillor Tom Ekin 2004  
Councillor Wallace Browne 2005  
Councillor Pat McCarthy 2006  
Councillor Jim Rodgers 2007  
Councillor Tom Hartley 2008  
Councillor Naomi Long 2009  
Councillor Pat Convery 2010  
Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile 2011  
Alderman Gavin Robinson 2012  
Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir 2013
 
Councillor Nichola Mallon 2014  
Councillor Arder Carson  2015   
Alderman Brian Kingston 2016   

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