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 Mayonnaise.Mayor of Garratt. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Mayor.
 
The chief magistrate of a city, elected by the citizens, and holding office for twelve months.   1
        The chief magistrate of London is The Right Hon. the Lord Mayor, one of the Privy Council.
        Since 1389 the chief magistrate of York has been a Lord Mayor, and in 1894 those of Liverpool and Manchester.
        There are two Lord Mayors of Ireland, viz. those of Dublin (1665) and of Belfast; and four of Scotland—Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Dundee.
   ¶At the Conquest the sovereign appointed the chief magistrates of cities. That of London was called the Port-Reeve, but Henry II, changed the word to the Norman maire (our mayor). John made the office annual; and Edward III (in 1354) conferred the title of “The Right Hon. the Lord Mayor of London.”   2
   The first Lord Mayor’s Show was 1458, when Sir John Norman went by water in state, to be sworn in at Westminster; and the cap and sword were given by Richard II, to Sir William Walworth, for killing Wat Tyler.   3
 


 Mayonnaise.Mayor of Garratt. 

 
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