The High Sheriff

The Office of High Sheriff is an independent non-political Royal appointment for a single year. The origins of the Office date back to Saxon times, when the ‘Shire Reeve’ was responsible to the king for the maintenance of law and order within the shire, or county, and for the collection and return of taxes due to the Crown. Today, there are 55 High Sheriffs serving the counties of England and Wales each year.

Whilst the duties of the role have evolved over time, supporting the Crown and the judiciary remain central elements of the role today. In addition, High Sheriffs actively lend support and encouragement to crime prevention agencies, the emergency services and to the voluntary sector. In recent years High Sheriffs in many parts of England and Wales have been particularly active in encouraging crime reduction initiatives, especially amongst young people. Many High Sheriffs also assist Community Foundations and local charities working with vulnerable and other people both in endorsing and helping to raise the profile of their valuable work. The High Sheriff Association adopted DebtCred and Crimebeat in recent years in response to specific areas of need.

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High Sheriffs receive no remuneration and no part of the expense of a High Sheriff’s year falls on the public purse. The High Sheriff's role is an annual appointment, commencing in March each year.

High Sheriff for 2019/20 - Mr John Willis

Croan 
Wadebridge 
Cornwall
PL27 6JG

Tel: (01208) 841877 or Mobile: 07779 144413
Email: hscwll@outlook.com

Under Sheriff of Cornwall - Philip Reed                          

Office of the Under Sheriff
1 High Cross Street
St Austell 
PL25 4AB

Tel: (01726) 74433
Email: p.reed@stephens-scown.co.uk 

  • 1901 - Arthur Francis Bassett of Tehidy
  • 1902 - William Coryton
  • 1903 - Percival Dacres Williams of Lanarth
  • 1904 - John Simons Tregoning
  • 1905 - Richard Carlyon Coode
  • 1906 - Sir Walter John Trevelyan, Bt.
  • 1907 - Charles Augustin Hanson
  • 1908 - John Cosmo Stuart Rashleigh
  • 1909 - Carew Davies Gilbert
  • 1910 - Francis Buller Howell
  • 1911 - Henry Harcourt Williams
  • 1912 - Sir Edward Hain of Treloyhan
  • 1913 - Rear Adml. Sir Charles John Graves-Sawle, Bt,  MVO
  • 1914 - Roger William Giffard Tyringham of Trevethoe
  • 1915 - Charles Hawkins Hext
  • 1916 - Col. Charles Robert. Prideaux-Brune of Prideaux Place
  • 1917 - George Tallack Petherick of Porthpean House
  • 1918 - Edward Galton Baron Lethbridge of Tregeare
  • 1919 - Edward Charles Percival Sanford
  • 1920 - Robert Barclay Fox
  • 1921 - John De Cressy Treffry
  • 1922 - Sir Hugh Molesworth St Aubyn, Bt of Pencarrow
  • 1923 - Lt. Col. The Hon. Henry Walter Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes Trefusis
  • 1924 - Cornelius Cecil Morley of Trelawne
  • 1925 - Alnod John Boger of Wolsdon
  • 1926 - George Horace Johnstone
  • 1927 - John Williams of Scorrier House
  • 1928 - Col. Edward Treffry, CMG  OBE
  • 1929 - Lt. Col. Camborne Haweis Paynter
  • 1930 - Robert Alexander Harvey
  • 1931 - Lt. Col. Edward Hoblyn Warren Bolitho
  • 1932 - Capt. John Tillie Coryton
  • 1933 - Richard Vernon Favell
  • 1934 - Lt. Col. Edward Neynoe Willyans DSO
  • 1935 - John Lionel Rogers
  • 1936 - Capt. Charles Henry Tremaybe
  • 1937 - Charles Henry Legrice of Trereife
  • 1938 - Cmdr. Alfred Martyn Williams DSC
  • 1939 - Major Sir Charles Bourne Hanson, Bt
  • 1940 - Capt. Norman Robert Colville  MC
  • 1941 - William Reginald Rendell
  • 1942 - Lt. Col. Arthur Treve Holman
  • 1943 - George Grenville Fortescue   
  • 1944 - Michael Percival Williams
  • 1945 - Kenneth James Acton Davis
  • 1946 - Cuthbert Lloyd Fox
  • 1947 - Sir John Gawen Carew-Pole  Bt, DSO
  • 1948 - Sir John Molesworth St Aubyn Bt
  • 1949 - Brigadier Stephen Williams DSO, MC
  • 1950 - Adml. Sir Henry Bernard Hughes Rawlings GBE, KCB
  • 1951 - Lt. Col. Giffard Loftus Tyringham
  • 1952 - Peter Michael William
  • 1953 - Col. George Thomson, DSO, MC of Catchfrench
  • 1954 - Air Marshall Sir John Tremayne Tremayne KCB, CBE, DSO
  • 1955 - Major. Gen. Charles Edward-Collins  CB, CIE
  • 1956 - Major Simon Edward Bolitho MC
  • 1957 - Maurice Petherick, MA
  • 1958 - Major Gen. Eric William Warde Harrison CB, CBE, MC,
  • 1959 - M.G Bickford-Smith
  • 1960 - Nicholas Kendall
  • 1961 - George Romney Fox
  • 1962 - Col. W G Petherick
  • 1963 - Cmdr. R M Favel R.N, DSC
  • 1964 - Lt. Cmdr. D Verney
  • 1965 - Henry Richard Graham-Vivian
  • 1966 - John Desmond Grenville Fortescue DL,
  • 1967 - Henry Trefusis
  • 1968 - Francis Julian Williams CBE,JP. DL, 
  • 1969 - Bernard Penrose
  • 1970 - Charles Le Grice
  • 1971 - Brig. Charles Thurstan Edward-Collins DL
  • 1972 - Major Jeffery Coryton
  • 1973 - Philip Hamilton Fox DL
  • 1974 - Lord St. Levan DSC, DL
  • 1975 - Lt. Col. J A Molesworth St Aubyn
  • 1976 - Lieutenant Commander Jeremy David Tetley
  • 1977 - Geoffrey Jermyn Holborrow OBE. DL,
  • 1978 - Christopher Petherick
  • 1979 - Sir Richard Carwe-Pole Bt. DL.
  • 1980 - Gerald Strachan Pawle
  • 1981 - Major Edward Walter Moyle Magor CMG, OBE
  • 1982 - Simon Douglas Young-Jamieson
  • 1983 - Elizabeth Alison Johnstone
  • 1984 - Robert David Lyle
  • 1985 - Major Gen. Edward Michael Hall CB, MBE, DL
  • 1986 - Major Nathaniel Duncan Spry-Grant-Dalton DL
  • 1987 - Alice Mary Viscountess Boyd of Merton JP.DL
  • 1988 - Diana Evelyn Colville
  • 1989 - George Edward Michael Trinick OBE, DL
  • 1990 - John Michael Williams Esq.
  • 1991 - David Charles Treffry OBE
  • 1992 - Michael Locks Latham Esq.
  • 1993 - Richard John Gilbert Esq.
  • 1994 - Arthur Michael Johnstone Galsworthy CVO. CBE.DL
  • 1995 - Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Bolitho DL
  • 1996 - Mrs. Jill Trench Morison DL,
  • 1997 - Major Charles Thurstan Edward-Collins
  • 1998 - Piers Reginald Thompson
  • 1999 - Lt. Cmdr. Nicholas John Trefusis DL,
  • 2000 - Lady (Frances) Banham
  • 2001 - James Michael Williams DL,
  • 2002 - Mrs Judith Ann Coode
  • 2003 - Christopher Leslie Perkins
  • 2004 - James Piers Southwell St. Aubyn
  • 2005 - Peter John Dixon Hodgson CBE. DL,
  • 2006 - Mrs Louella Gage Hanbury-Tenison DL
  • 2007 - The Hon Evelyn Arthur Hugh Boscawen DL
  • 2008 - Sir Ralph Ferrers Alexander Vyvyan Bt
  • 2009 - Capt Iain Anthony Mackie
  • 2010 - James Piran Williams DL
  • 2011 - Col Edward Thomas Bolitho OBE, DL
  • 2012 - Mrs Catherine Frances Mead DL
  • 2013 - James Buller Kitson
  • 2014 - Mr Charles Henry Williams
  • 2015 - Mr Anthony Desmond Grenville Fortescue
  • 2016 - Mrs Jane Margaret Hartley
  • 2017 - Mrs Sarah Elizabeth Coryton
  • 2018 - Mr Paul Young-Jamieson

Find out more about the history of this ancient office.