[MR] Wikipedia: Worshipful Company of Fishmongers

Garth Groff and Sally Sanford mallardlodge1000 at gmail.com
Tue May 21 02:37:19 PDT 2019

Noble Friends,

On 19 May the BBC reported that a woman named Elaine Lorys had been
certified as the 13th Master Fishmonger. Ms Lorys is the first woman to
receive the title, bestowed by London's Worshipful Company of Fishmongers.
Princess Anne, who is Prime Warden of the Fishmongers, will present Ms.
Lorys with her certification in June:
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-48299537 .

The Worshipful Company of Fishmongers, a guild, has been in business since
the 12th century, and received their first known Royal Charter in 1272. The
Fishmongers are one of the 110 Livery Companies of the City of London, and
rank 4th in precedence. Today the Company supports advocacy, research, and
industrial standards for the seafood industry throughout the UK. They also
support charities, including a school in Norfolk.

At least seven Lord Mayors of London have been members of the Fishmongers.
The most famous was Sir William Walworth, who in 1381 stabbed the rebel Wat
Tyler to death in defense of the young king Richard II during a parley gone
bad. What is believed to be Walworth's dagger is still treasured by the
Fishmongers, and is preserved at their hall in London.

More about the Fishmongers, including their heraldic arms, can be found at
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worshipful_Company_of_Fishmongers .

A more extensive (though chaotic) history can be found at
https://www.british-history.ac.uk/old-new-london/vol2/pp1-8 .

The Fishmongers own web site includes a brief medieval history page at
http://www.fishhall.org.uk/history-heritage/the-middle-ages/ .

Yours Aye,

Mungo Napier, Laird of Mallard Lodge  🦆

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