The Queen’s Viceroy in the North

  • Claire Cross


On 28 November 1572 the corporation of York received the news that ‘the right honourable the Earl of Huntingdon, now Lord President of the queen’s majesty’s honourable council established in these north parts, will be here at this city tomorrow’, and made haste to celebrate the occasion with suitable solemnity. The corporation decided that ‘he shall be met at Micklegate bar by my lord mayor and his brethren, the aldermen in scarlet, the sheriffs in their best apparel, and the twenty-four in crimson, and certain other of the most honest and substantial citizens in their best apparel, and welcome his lordship to this city’. To honour yet further the queen’s chief representative in the north, the city chamberlains presented him with a tun of Gascony wine, with maynbread (a kind of cake-bread peculiar to York), with sugar loaves weighing twenty pounds and with two gallons of Hippocras. The magnificence of the reception shows the kind of respect the corporation felt should be given to the most powerful royal official in the north of England who had now come to reside in their city.1


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