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3. Freemen of the City

Under the Local Government Act 1972, we are allowed to grant the status of Honorary Freeman to those who deserve the honour.

There are a number of rights traditionally associated with freemen such as the right to drive sheep through the city or carry a sword in public. While sheep have occasionally been driven through Exeter, the "privileges" are now effectively symbolic.

Freedom by succession is still granted today to any person who can prove descent from a deceased freeman. Proof of descent is required by the production of the usual certificates of death of father, marriage and birth.

Previous Honorary Freemen have included Lord Nelson, The Rt.Hon. The Lord Widgery and the Arch Bishop of Canterbury.

 Freeman  Type  Granted
Mr H. M. Dare Hereditary 1984
Mr J. D. Setter Hereditary 1987
Mrs T. Joslin Hereditary 1997
Sir John Hannam Honorary 1998
Mr N. J. Leigh-Morgan Hereditary 2003
Mr G. C. Curry Hereditary 2007
Mr D. J. Morrish Honorary 2011
Mr T. M. Sanders Hereditary 2013
Mrs S. Spence Honorary 2013
Mr B. M. H. Harwood Hereditary 2014
Mrs Y. A. C. Henson Honorary 2015
Mrs J. Pavey Honorary 2015
Mr L. Tancock Honorary 2015
Mr T. Rowe Honorary 2015
Mr M. Caines Honorary 2016
Mr R. Atkins Honorary 2016