Who was the first British woman Lord Mayor of London?

MARY DONALDSON 1921 – 2003

Mary qualified as a nurse in 1946. While nursing at the Middlesex Hospital, she met John Donaldson, a Lieutenant-Colonel in the British Army. They married and had three children.

John became an eminent judge and was knighted.

Mary devoted her life to public service being involved, at different times, with hospital and health authorities, school governors and education authorities, the Press Complaints Commission and the Banking Ombudsman’s Council.

In 1975 she was elected to the City of London Corporation, the first woman to be elected as a member.

In 1981 she became the first woman appointed as the Sheriff of London.

In 1983/4 she became the first female Lord Mayor of London in the whole of its eight hundred year history.

Mary refused to be referred to as “chairwoman” or “Lady Mayoress” and fined people £1 in aid of charity if they addressed her incorrectly.

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