The Freedom of the City of Edinburgh

Complete list of persons upon whom the Freedom of the City has been conferred since 27th October, 1813.
Some entries have links to the citation and an extract from the speech made by the recipient.

Names and titles Date of Vote or Presentation
William Albany Otway, Vice-Admiral of the Blue 27th Oct., 1813.
General Sir Thomas Graham 22nd Dec., 1813.
Walter Scott of Abbotsford, Esquire, Advocate 22nd Dec., 1813.
Lieutenant-General The Earl of Dalhousie 22nd Dec., 1813.
Thomas Coutts, Esquire, Banker in London 22nd Dec., 1813.
Francis, Earl of Wemyss and March, etc., etc., etc. 9th Feb., 1814.
Lieutenant-General Henry Wynyard, Commander of His Majesty's Forces in Scotland, and Colonel of the Sixty-fourth Regiment of Foot 9th Feb., 1814.
Gilbert Innes of Stow, Esquire, Deputy Governor of the Royal Bank of Scotland, one of the Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Edinburgh, etc., etc. 9th Feb., 1814.
Edmund Antrobus of Rutherford, Esquire, Banker in London 9th Feb., 1814.
The Right Honourable David Boyle, Lord justice Clerk 23rd Feb., 1814.
The Right Honourable The Earl of Liverpool 2nd March, 1814.
The Right Honourable Lord Viscount Sidmouth 2nd March, 1814.
The Right Honourable Lord Viscount Castlereagh 2nd March, 1814.
The Right Honourable Nicolas Vansittart 2nd March, 1814.
George, Earl of Glasgow, Lord Lieutenant of the County of Renfrew, etc., etc., etc. 23rd Mar., 1814.
William Johnstone Hope, Rear-Admiral of the White, M.P., etc., etc. 23rd Mar., 1814.
The Honourable James Clerk of Bonnington, One of the Barons of His Majesty's Court of Exchequer in Scotland 23rd Mar., 1814.
William Rae, Esquire, of St. Catharines, Sheriff Depute of the County of Edinburgh 23rd Mar., 1814.
Henry Jardine, Esquire, of Harwood, Deputy King's Rernembrancer of His Majesty's Court of Exchequer in Scotland 23rd Mar., 1814.
William Kerr Esquire, Secretary to the General Post Office for Scotland 23rd Mar., 1814.
Lieutenant-General Ranald Crawford Fergusson 16th Sept., 1814.
Coutts Trotter, Esquire, Banker in London 16th Nov., 1814.
John Smith, Esquire, M.P. 7tb Dec., 1814.
The Most Noble The Marquis of Bute 25th Jan., 1815.
Lord Niddry 8th Feb., 1815.
General Sir Tames Stewart Denham, Baronet, Colonel of the Scots Greys 8th Feb., 1815.
John Christison Curwen, Esquire, of Workingtonhall, Cumberland 8th Feb., 1815.
Lord Chief Commissioner Adam 19th July, 1815.
Charles Forbes; Esquire, of Auchemeddan, M.P. 19th July, 1815.
Mr. James Gregory, M.D. 11th Oct., 1815.
Their Imperial Highnesses the Archdukes John and Lewis of Austria 4th Dec., 1815.
The Honourable Fletcher Norton, one of the Barons of Exchequer 4th Sept., 1816.
The Grand Duke Nicolas of Russia 18th Dec., 1816.
George Arbuthnot, Esquire, late of Madras, the brother of the then Lord Provost 30th April, 1817.
Thomas Charles Hope, M.D., F.R.S., etc., etc., etc., Professor of Chemistry in the University of Edinburgh 10th Sept., 1817.
Lieutenant-General The Honourable Sir Charles Colville, G.C.B. 26th Nov., 1817.
His Imperial Highness The Grand Duke Michael of Russia 5th Aug., 1818.
His Royal Highness The Archduke Maximilian of Austria 11th Nov., 1818.
His Royal Highness Prince Leopold 18th Aug., 1819.
His Highness The Reigning Prince Nicolas Esterhazy of Golantha, Prince and Count Edelstettin, Knight of the Golden Fleece, Grand Cross of the Order of St. Stephen, General of Artillery and Captain of the Noble Hungarian Guard of His Imperial and Royal Apostolic Majesty, etc., etc., etc. 29th Aug., 1821.
Prince Victor of Metternich 29th Aug., 1821.
Rear-Admiral Robert Waller Otway 24th Oct., 1821.
Major-General Sir Thomas Bradford, K.C.B. 10th Sept., 1823.
Rear-Admiral Sir John Poer Beresford, Baronet, M.P., K.C.B. 10th Sept., 1823.
The Right Honourable James Maitland, Earl of Lauderdale, Heritable Royal Standard Bearer of Scotland 1st Sept., 1824.
James Archibald Stuart Wortley, Esquire, Memher of Parliament for the County of York 1st Sept., 1824.
Charles Marjoribanks, Esquire, of the Civil Service of the Honourable East India Company 1st Sept., 1824.
Henry Brougham, Esquire, of Brougham Hall, Member of Parliament for Winchelsea 30th Mar., 1825.
His Serene Highness The Duke of Brunswick Oels 7th Sept., 1825.
His Highness Prince Augustus William Maximilian Frederick Louis of Brunswick Oels 7th Sept., 1825.
The Right Honourable Robert, Baron Gifford of Saint Leonards in the County of Devon 5th Oct., 1825.
Sir James McGrigor, Knight, K.C.T.S., M.D., F.R.S., Lond. and Edin., Director-General of the Army Medical Department 26th July, 1826.
Chevalier Masclet, Commercial Consul General for France in Scotland 29th Aug., 1827.
David Wilkie Esquire, R.A., King's Limner for Scotland 14th Oct., 1829.
The Right Honourable James Abercromby 24th June, 1834.
The Right Honourable Sir John Campbell, Attorney General 24th June, 1834.
The Right Honourable Charles, Earl Grey, Lord Viscount Howick and Baron Grey of Howick in the County of Northumberland, Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, one of His Majesty's Privy Council, etc., etc., etc. 26th Aug., 1834.
Sir Thomas Mackdougal Brisbane, K.C.B., President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, etc., etc., etc. 13th Sept., 1834.
M. Dominique Francois Arago, Perpetual Secretary of the Academy of Sciences of France, etc., etc., etc. 13th Sept., 1834.
Gerrit Moll, A.L.M., Phil.Doct., Professor of Natural Philosophy in the University of Utrecht 13th Sept., 1834.
John Dalton, LL.D., of Manchester, F.R.S.L. &E., etc., etc., etc. 13th Sept., 1834.
Robert Brown, Esquire, F.R.S., Vice-President of the Linnaean Society, etc., etc., etc. 13th Sept., 1834.
Prince Adam George Czartoryski of the Kingdom of Poland 8th Dec., 1835.
Count Ladislas Zamoyski, his nephew 8th Dec., 1835.
Thomas Campbell, Esquire 2nd Aug., 1836.
The Right Honourable John Charles, Earl Spencer of Althorp, in the County of Northampton, etc., etc., etc. 16th Aug., 1837.
Joseph Hume, Esquire, M.P. for Kilkenny 22nd Aug., 1837.
Sir Astley Cooper, Bart., Fellow of the Royal Society, Sergeant Surgeon to the Queen, Consulting Surgeon to Guy's Hospital, etc., etc., etc. 5th Sept., 1837.
Andrew Rutherford, Esquire, H.M. Solicitor General 23rd Oct., 1838.
Thomas Babington Macaulay, Esquire, M.P. 4th June, 1839.
Charles Dickens, Esquire 29th June, 1841.
William Gibson Craig, Esquire, Younger of Riccarton, late M.P. for the County of Midlothian, and then a Candidate for the situation of M.P. for the City 29th June, 1841.
Baboo Dwarkanauth, Tagore of Calcutta 30th Aug., 1842.
His Royal Highness Prince Albert, etc., etc., etc., the Consort of Her Most Gracious Majesty 3rd Sept., 1842.
His Grace Walter-Francis Montagu-Douglas-Scott, Duke of Buccleuch and Queensferry, etc., etc., etc. 6th Sept., 1842.
The Right Honourable Sir Robert Peel, Baronet, etc., etc., etc. 6th Sept., 1842.
The Right Honourable George Hamilton Gordon, Earl of Aberdeen, etc., etc., etc. 6th Sept., 1842.
Richard Cobden, Esquire, M.P. for Stockport 19th Jan., 1843.
The Honourable John Chetwynd Talbot, one of Her Majesty's Counsel, Attorney General to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, and Recorder of the Burgh of New Windsor. 27th Sept., 1843.
Justus Liebig, M.D., PH.D., F.R.S., M.R.I.A., etc., etc., etc., Professor of Chemistry in the University of Giessen 8th Oct., 1844.
The Right Honourable Sir Henry Pottinger, Bart., G.C.B., etc., etc., etc. 14th April, 1845.
The Right Honourable Lord John Russell, M.P., etc., etc., etc. 3rd Nov., 1845.
Captain Sir Charles Napier, R.N., K.C.B., etc., etc., etc. 4th Dec., 1845.
George Thompson, Esquire 6th June, 1846.
The Right Honourable Sir Charles Duke, Knight, Lord Mayor and one of the Members of Parliament for the City of London 15th Aug, 1849.
The Right Honourable Lieutenant-General Lord Viscount Gough, G.C.B., etc., etc., etc. 5th Aug., 1850.
The Right Honourable George William Frederick, Earl of Carlisle, Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding of York, one of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, etc., etc., etc. 4th April, l853.
The Right Honourable William Ewart Gladstone, M.P., Chancellor of the Exchequer, etc., etc. 27th Sept., 1853.
The Right Honourable Sir William Molesworth, Baronet, M.P., First Commissioner of Her Majesty's Works and Public Buildings, etc., etc., etc. 30th Sept., 1854.
Major Charles Nasmyth 2nd Mar., 1855.
I. H. Merle D'Aubigne, D.D., of Geneva 7th June, 1856.
The Most Noble James Andrew Brown Ramsay, Marquis of Dalhousie, etc., etc., etc. 2lst July, 1886.
The Right Honourable James Moncrieff, M.P., Lord Advocate of Scotland, etc., etc., etc. 13th Jan., 1857.
Reverend David Livingstone, LL.D. 21st Sept., 1857.
David Roberts, Esquire, R.A., etc., etc., etc. 29th Sept., 1858.
Lieutenant-General Sir James Hope Grant, G.C.B., etc., etc., etc. 11th July, 1861.
The Right Honourable The Lord Viscount Palmerston, K.C., K.C.B., First Lord of Her Majesty's Treasury 1st April, 1863.
General Guiseppe Garibaldi 11th April, 1864.
His Royal Highness Prince Alfred 17th May, 1866.
William Lloyd Garrison, Esquire 18th July, 1867.
The Right Honourable Benjamin Disraeli, Chancellor of the Exchequer 30th Oct., 1867.
Lieutenant-General Lord Napier of Magdala, G. C. S. I. 16th Sept., 1868.
John Bright, Esquire, M.P. 3rd Nov., 1868.
Sir James Young Simpson of Strathaven, Bart., M.D., D.C.L., Professor of Midwifery in the University of Edinburgh 26th Oct., 1869.
The Right Honourable Angela-Georgina, Baroness Burdett-Coutts 15th Jan., 1874.
The Right Honourable William Edward Forster M.P., late Vice-President of Her Majesty's Committee of Council on Education 6th Nov., 1875.
The Right Honourable The Earl of Derby, Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs 18th Dec., 1875.
General Ulysses Simpson Grant, Ex-President of the United States of America, and formerly Commander-in-Chief of the United States Army 31st Aug., 1877.
The Right Honourable Anthony Ashley Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbury, K.G. 13th April, 1878.
The Most Honourable Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoigne-Cecil, Marquis of Salisbury, K.G. 27th Nov., 1882.
The Right Honourable Archibald Philip Primrose, Earl of Rosebery 21st July, 1883.
The Right Honourable John Campbell Hamilton Gordon , Earl of Aberdeen 5th Aug., 1885.
His Royal Highness Prince Albert Victor Christian Edward of Wales, K.G. 6th May, 1886.
The Most Honourable Schomberg Henry, Marquis of Lothian, K.T. 7th June, l887.
Andrew Carnegie, Esquire 5th July, 1887.
Henry Morton Stanley, Esquire 11th June, 1890.
Sir Daniel Wilson, LL.D., F.R.S.F. 20th Aug., 1891.
His Royal Highness George, Duke of York and Earl of Inverness, K.G. 3rd Oct., 1893.
General The Right Honourable Lord Roberts of Kandahar, G.C.B., C,.C.I.F., G.C.S.I., V.C. 18th Nov., 1893.
The Right Honourable Victor-Alexander Bruce, Earl of Elgin and Kincardine 22nd Dec., 1893.
The Right Honourable John Adrian Louis Hope, Earl of Hopetoun, G.C.M.G. 10th July, 1895.
John Ritchie Findlay, Esquire, of Aberdour 11th Dec., 1896.
William McEwan, Esquire, Member of Parliament 22nd Oct., 1897.
Field-Marshal The Right Honourable Lord Viscount Wolseley, K.P., P.C., G.C.B., G.C.M.G., etc., etc. 15th June, 1898.
The Right Honourable Lord Lister, F.R.S., D.C.L., LL.D., etc., etc. 15th June, 1898.
The Most Honourable The Marquis of Dufferin and Ava, P.C., K.P., G.C.B., G.C.S.I., etc., etc. 29th Nov., 1898.
Major-General Sir Herbert Kitchener, K.C.M.G. 29th Nov., 1898.
His Royal Highness Albert Edward Prince of Wales 6th July, 1899.
The Right Honourable Sir Wilfrid Laurier, G.C.M.G., Prime Minister of the Dominion of Canada 26th July, 1902.
The Right Honourable Sir Edmund Barton, G.C.M.G., K.C., Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia 26th July, 1902.
The Right Honourable Richard John Seddon, Prime Minister of New Zealand 26th July, 1902.
Lieutenant-Colonel The Right Honourable Sir Albert Henry Hime R.E., R.F., K.C.M.G., Prime Minister of Natal 26th July, 1902.
The Right Honourable Sir Robert Bond, K.C.M.G., Prime Minister of Newfoundland 26th July, 1902.
The Right Honourable Lord Balfour of Burleigh, K.T. 15th April, 1903.
The Right Honourable Lord Strathcona and Mount Royal, G.C.M.G. 4th Dec., 1903.
The Honourable Joseph Hodges Choate, D.C.L., L.L.D. 21st Mar., 1904.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, X.G., K.P., etc. 6th May, 1905.
The Right Honourable Lord Reay, G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., 1,L.D., etc. 22nd May, 1905.
The Right Honourable George Young, LL.D. 22nd May, 1905.
Miss Flora Clift Stevenson, LL.D. 22nd May, 1905.
Field-Marshal Sir George Stuart White, v.c., G.C.B., etc. 6th July, 1905.
The Right Honourable Arthur James Balfour, M.P., etc. 19th Oct., 1905.
The Honourable Alfred Deakin, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia 10th May, 1907.
The Honourable Sir Joseph George Ward, K.C.M.G., Prime Minister of New Zealand 10th May, 1907.
The Honourable Leander Starr Jameson, C.B., M.D., Prime Minister of Cape Colony 10th May, 1907.
The Honourable Louis Botha, Prime Minister of the Transvaal 10th May, 1907.
The Right Honourable Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, G.C.B. 30th Oct., 1907.
Sir William Turner, K.C.B., LL.D., D.C.L. 10th Dec., 1909.
The Reverend Alexander Whyte, D.D. 10th Dec., 1909.
The Right Honourable Herbert Henry Asquith, X.C., M.P. 20th Dec., 1910.
The Right Honourable The Earl of Minto, K.G., G.C.M.G. 28th April, 1911.
The Right Honourable Andrew Fisher, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia 7th July, 1911.
The Right Honourable Sir Edward Patrick Morris, K.C., Prime Minister of Newfoundland 7th July, 1911.
The Right Honourable Lord Pentland 18th April, 1912.
The Right Honourable Viscount Haldane 2nd Nov., 1912.
The Right Honourable Lord Dunedin, K.C.V.O. 2nd Nov., 1912.
The Right Honourable William Morris Hughes, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia 26th April, 1916.
The Right Honourable William Ferguson Massey, Prime Minister of New Zealand 20th Nov., 1916.
The Right Honourable Sir Robert Laird Borden, G.C.M.G., Premier of Canada llth April, 1917.
The Right Honourable Jan Christiaan Smuts, K.C., Minister of Defence, Union of South Africa llth April, 1917.
Colonel His Highness Maharaja Sir Ganga Singh Bahadur, G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., etc., Maharaja of Bikaner 11th April, 1917.
His Excellency The Honourable Walter Hines Page, D.C.L., LL.D., Ambassador and Minister Plenipotentiary from the United States of America 2nd Nov., 1917.
The Right Honourable David Lloyd George, M.P. 24th May, 1918.
Admiral Sir David Beatty, G.C.B., G.C.V.0., K.C.B., etc. 25th Jan., 1919.
Field-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, K.T., G .C.B., K.C.I.E., G.C.V.0. 28th May, 1919.
Charles Edward Price, Esquire 24th June, 1919.
His Royal Highness Edward Prince of Wales 24th July, 1919.
Alexander Graham Bell, Esquire, PH.D., LL.D., D.SC., M.D., etc. 30th Nov., 1920.
The Right Honourable Arthur Meighen, K.C., M.P., Prime Minister of the Dominion of. Canada 18th July, 1921.
The Right Honourable Sir Robert Stevenson Horne, K.B.E., K.C., M.P. 12th Mar., 1923.
The Right Honourable Robert Munro, x.c., M.P. 12th Mar., 1923.
The Right Honourable Viscount Novar, G.C.M.G. 28th Sept., 1923.
Sir Robert Cranston, K.C.V.O., C.B., C.B.E., etc. 15th Oct., 1923.
The Very Reverend Andrew Wallace Williamson, D.D., C.V.O., etc. 15th Oct., 1923.
Alexander Grant, Esquire 15th Oct., 1923.
Burgomaster Adolphe Max, Brussels 14th July, 1924.
The Right Honourable James Ramsay MacDonald, M.P. 28th May, 1925.
His Royal Highness Prince Henry William Frederick Albert, K.G., G.C.V.0. 25th July, 1925.
The Right Honourable Stanley Baldwin, M.P. 7th June, 1926.
His Royal Highness Albert, Duke of York and Earl of Inverness, K.G., K.T. 9th Oct., 1926.
The Right Honourable William Lyon MacKenzie King, G.M.G., Prime Minister of Canada 24th Nov., 1926.
The Right Honourable Stanley Melbourne Bruce, M.C., Prime Minister of Australia 24th Nov., 1926.
The Right Honourable Joseph Gordon Coates, M.C., Prime Minister of New Zealand 24th Nov., 1926.
The Honourable Walter Stanley Monroe, Prime Minister of Newfoundland 24th Nov., 1926.
The Honourable Sir Bijay Chand Mahtab, Maharajadhiraja of Burdwan, G.C.I.E., K.C.S.I., etc. 24th Nov., 1926.
His Excellency the Honourable Alanson Bigelow Houghton, Ambassador and Minister Plenipotentiary from the United States of America to Great Britain 7th Sept., 1927.
Sir Harry Lander 24th Nov., 1927.
His Grace The Duke of Atholl, K.T., G.C.V.0. 21st Sept., 1928.
The Right Honourable Sir John Gilmour, Baronet, D.S.O., LL.D. 21st Sept., 1928.
The Most Honourable The Marchioness of Aberdeen and Temair, LL.D. 21st Sept., 1928.
Sir James Alfred Ewing, X.C.B. 18th April, 1929.
The Right Hon. William Adamson, M.P. 29th July, 1929.
Sir James Matthew Barrie, Baronet, O.M., LL.D. 29th July, 1929.
The Right Rev. Principal Alexander Martin, D.D. 30th Sept., 1929.
The Very Rev. John White, D.D. 30th Sept., 1929.
Her Royal Highness Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood, G.B.E. 17th Sept., 1930.
The Honourable Richard Bedford Bennett, K.C., M.P., LL.D. 19th Nov., 1930.
The Right Honourable James Henry Scullin, M.P. 19th Nov., 1930.
The Honourable George William Forbes, M.P. 19th Nov., 1930.
Lieut. Colonel His Highness The Nawab of Bhopal, G.C.I.E., C.S.I., C.V.0. 9th Jan., 1931.
The Right Honourable V. S. Srinivasa Sastri, C.H. 9th Jan., 1931.
Major-General The Right Honourable The Earl of Athlone, K.G., G.C.B., G.C.M.G., G.C.V.O. 3rd July, 1931.
His Excellency The Earl of Willingdon, G.M.S.I., G.C.M.G., G.M.I.E. 29th June, 1934.
Her Excellency The Countess of Willingdon, C.I., C.B.E. 29th June, 1934.
His Royal Highness George Edward Alexander Edmund, Duke of Kent, K.G., G.C.M.G., G.C.V.O. 20th May, 1935.
His Highness The Maharaja of Patiala, G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., G.C.V.O., G.B.E. 10th June, 1935.
The Right Honourable Joseph Aloysius Lyons, P.C. 10th June, 1935.
John Buchan, Esquire, C.H., LL.D. 10th June, 1935.
Mrs. Louise Whitfield Carnegie 30th Sept., 1935.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of York, G.B.E., LL.D. 1st Dec., 1936.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Gloucester 28th April, 1937.
The Right Honourable Walter Elliot Elliot, M.C., LL.D., M.P. 19th April, 1938.
The Right Honourable Baron Macmillan of Aberfeldy, P.C., G.C.V.O., K.C. 19th April, 1938.
His Excellency the Honourable Joseph Patrick Kennedy, American Ambassador to Great Britain 21st April, 1939.
His Excellency the Honourable John Gilbert Winant, American Ambassador to Great Britain 9th Oct., 1941.
The Right Honourable Winston Spencer Churchill, C.H., M.P. 12th Oct., 1942.
The Right Honourable Peter Fraser, P.C. 12th May, 1944.
The Right Honourable Thomas Johnston, P.C., M.P. 12th May, 1944.
The Right Honourable Sir John Anderson, P.C., M.P., etc. 12th May, 1944.
The Most Honourable Victor Alexander John Hope, Marquis of Linlithgow, K.G., P.C., K.T., etc. 3rd Oct., 1944.
Admiral of the Fleet Lord Cunningham, K.T., G.C.B., D.S.O. 15th Feb., 1946.
Field-Marshal The Hon. Sir Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander, G.C.B., D.S.O., M.C. 15th Feb., 1946.
Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Arthur William Tedder, G.C.B. 15th Feb., 1946.
Field-Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery, G.C.B., D.S.O. 6th Mar., 1946.
General of the Army, Dwight David Eisenhower, Hon. G.C.B., O.M., etc. 3rd Oct., 1946.
Rt. Hon. Robert Cordon Menzies 18th Nov., 1948.
H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth 16th Jul., 1947.
H.R.H. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 1st Mar., 1949.
Sir Donald Charles Cameron, Mayor of Dunedin 30th Aug ., 1949.
H.E. The Hon. Lewis Williams Douglas 21st Aug., 1950.
Rt. Hon. Earl Mountbatten of Burma 18th Jan., 1954.
Rt. Hon. Countess Mountbatten of Burma 18th Jan., 1954.
Rt. Hon. Lord Rowallan 28th Feb., 1957.
Professor Norman Dott 6th Jul., 1962.
H.M. King Olav V of Norway 17th Oct., 1962.
Yehudi Menuhin 23rd Aug., 1965.
Sir Alexander Frederick Douglas-Home 3rd Apr., 1969.
Sean Connery 11th Jun., 1991.