Francis McWilliams

Sir Francis McWilliams GBE (born February 1926) was Lord Mayor of London from 1992 to 1993.[1]


Francis McWilliams was born in February 1926,[2] in Portobello, Edinburgh, and educated at St John's, Portobello, Edinburgh's Holy Cross Academy, and was awarded a scholarship to the University of Edinburgh to study civil engineering when he was 16.[3]

In 2015, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months, after being caught over the drink-driving limit outside the Bank of England at 2:30am in his 2.7-litre Jaguar XF. He was 89 at the time.[4]


  1. ^ "Sir Francis McWilliams (1992-93) | The National Archives". Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  2. ^ "LONDON COURT OF INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION(THE) - Officers (free information from Companies House)". Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  3. ^ "London's Lord Mayor: a Scot with a fourth career in mind (From Herald Scotland)". Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Ex-Lord Mayor of London caught drink-driving outside Bank of England at 2.30am | London Evening Standard". Retrieved 10 September 2016.
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Brian Jenkins
Lord Mayor of London
Succeeded by
Sir Paul Newall
1993 Bishopsgate bombing

The Bishopsgate bombing occurred on 24 April 1993, when the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) detonated a powerful truck bomb on Bishopsgate, a major thoroughfare in London's financial district, the City of London. Telephoned warnings were sent about an hour beforehand, but a news photographer was killed in the blast and 44 people were injured, with fatalities minimised due to it occurring on a Saturday. The blast destroyed the nearby St Ethelburga's church and wrecked Liverpool Street station and the NatWest Tower. The financial cost was severe, estimated at the time to be over £1 billion of damage (about £1.84 billion in 2018), making it the costliest terrorist attack at the time (since surpassed by the September 11 attacks).As a result of the bombing, which happened just over a year after the bombing of the nearby Baltic Exchange, a "ring of steel" was implemented to protect the City, and many firms introduced disaster recovery plans in case of further attacks or similar disasters. £350 million was spent on repairing damage. In 1994 detectives believed they knew the identities of the IRA bombers, but lacked sufficient evidence to arrest them.

Danny McWilliams

Daniel Francis McWilliams (born February 8, 1956), is a New York City-based comedian, author, and actor, born in Brooklyn. He performed with Funny Gay Males (1988-1993, 2001-2003) and has toured with them throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. He has appeared on The Joan Rivers Show, Comedy Central, The Howard Stern Show, The Joey Reynolds Show and WOR 710AM NY. In addition, he co-authored Growing Up Gay: From Left Out to Coming Out (1995) with fellow Funny Gay Males troupe members Bob Smith and Jaffe Cohen.

He has also performed his one-man show which is known as Twelve Angry Women at the Solo Arts Group in New York City, and he performs weekly at Duplex Cabaret Theatre and other clubs throughout New York City.

List of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire

Below is a List of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire from the Order's creation in 1917 to the present day. The names and titles of recipients are given as at the time of their appointment or promotion to Knight Grand Cross. The date of the award, as given in the announcement The London Gazette, is included in brackets after the names.

List of lord mayors of London

List of all mayors and lord mayors of London (leaders of the City of London Corporation, and first citizens of the City of London, from medieval times). Until 1354, the title held was Mayor of London. The dates are those of election to office (Michaelmas Day on 29 September, excepting those years when it fell on the Sabbath) and office is not actually entered until the second week of November. Therefore, the years 'Elected' below do not represent the main calendar year of service.

In 2006 the title Lord Mayor of the City of London was devised, for the most part, to avoid confusion with the office of Mayor of London. However, the legal and commonly-used title and style remains Lord Mayor of London.

List of sheriffs of London

This is a list of sheriffs of the City of London. From c. 1131–1889, by a charter of Henry I, the livery of the City of London were given the right to elect two sheriffs of "London and Middlesex" on a payment of £300 per annum to the Crown. This continued until 1889, when the Local Government Act 1888 came into force. A separate High Sheriff of Middlesex and High Sheriff of the County of London was thereafter appointed in the same manner as other English and Welsh counties.

Since 1385 when the Court of Common Council stipulated that every future lord mayor should "have previously been Sheriff so that he may be tried as to his governance and bounty before he attains to the Estate of Mayor", the shrieval year of an aldermanic sheriff is an obligatory trial run for would-be lord mayors of London.

In modern times the two sheriffs are elected on Midsummer's Day every year in Guildhall by the City livery companies. Their duties include attending the lord mayor in carrying out his official duties, attending the sessions at the Central Criminal Court in the Old Bailey and presenting petitions from the City to Parliament at the Bar of the House of Commons.


McWilliams is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Alfred McWilliams (b. 1844, d. unknown), Canadian politician from Prince Edward Island

Bill McWilliams (1910–1997), American professional baseball player

Brendan McWilliams (1944–2007), Irish meteorologist and science writer

Carey McWilliams (1905–1980), American author, editor, and lawyer

Carey McWilliams (b. 1973), American author, marksman, and skydiver

Caroline McWilliams (1945–2010), American television actress; former wife of Michael Keaton

Christopher 'Crip' McWilliams (1963–2008), Irish nationalist; convicted of the murder of the LVF leader Billy Wright

Cynthia Kaye McWilliams (contemporary), American actress

David McWilliams (contemporary), American college football coach

David McWilliams (1945–2002), Northern Irish singer, songwriter, and guitarist

David McWilliams (b. 1966), Irish economist, commentator, and author

Derek McWilliams (b. 1966), Scottish professional football player

Edmund McWilliams (contemporary), American diplomat and ambassador

Elsie McWilliams (1896-1985), American songwriter

Eric McWilliams (b. 1950), American professional basketball player

Fleming McWilliams (contemporary), American singer and songwriter

Francis McWilliams, Lord Mayor of London

George McWilliams (1865–1907), Australian doctor and MP

Jackie McWilliams (b. 1964), Irish Olympic field hockey player

Jelena McWilliams (b. 1973), U.S. banker, nominee to lead Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

Jeremy McWilliams (b. 1964), Irish motorcycle road racer

Joe McWilliams (1904–1996), American inventor, industrial engineer, and nationalist

John D. McWilliams (1891–1975), American politician from Connecticut; U.S. Representative 1943–45

Johnny McWilliams (b. 1972), American professional football player

Larry McWilliams (b. 1954), American professional baseball player

Monica McWilliams (b. 1954), Northern Ireland academic and politician

Pacer McWilliams (b. 1947), American dad who paces every morning when his son Bryan has to get Noah ready for school.

Peter McWilliams (1949–2000), American marijuana activist and writer

Rhys McWilliams (b. 1985), English professional ice hockey player

Roland Fairbairn McWilliams (1874–1957), Canadian politician from Manitoba

Ruben McWilliams (1901–1984), New Zealand All Blacks rugby player

Shorty McWilliams (1926–1997), American football player

Taj McWilliams-Franklin (b. 1970), American professional women’s basketball player

William McWilliams (1856–1929), Australian politician from Tasmania

Wilson Carey McWilliams (1933–2005), American political scientist and writer

Order of the British Empire

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations,

and public service outside the civil service. It was established on 4 June 1917 by King George V and comprises five classes across both civil and military divisions, the most senior two of which make the recipient either a knight if male or dame if female. There is also the related British Empire Medal, whose recipients are affiliated with, but not members of, the order.

Recommendations for appointments to the Order of the British Empire were originally made on the nomination of the United Kingdom, the self-governing Dominions of the Empire (later Commonwealth) and the Viceroy of India. Nominations continue today from Commonwealth countries that participate in recommending British (Imperial) honours. Most Commonwealth countries ceased recommendations for appointments to the Order of the British Empire when they created their own honours.

Paul Newall

Sir Paul Henry Newall (17 September 1934 – 28 July 2015) was the 666th Lord Mayor of London.

Worshipful Company of Engineers

The Worshipful Company of Engineers is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London. The Company was founded and became a Livery Company in 1983 and was incorporated by Royal Charter in 2004. The Company is for Chartered Engineers of EC(UK) Professional Institutions or Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering. It works to promote and develop all aspects of the science, art, and practice of engineering.

The Engineers' Company ranks ninety-fourth in the order of precedence for Livery Companies. Its motto is Certare Ingenio, Latin for Use Skills to the Best of One's Abilities.

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