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Since the first award in 1914 to Andrew Carnegie, only a small number of people have been given Honorary Freemanship of the City of Coventry. Below is the full list, each accompanied by their entry in the Roll of Honorary Freemen.

 

Honorary Freemen of Coventry

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Date of resolutionDate of AdmissionName & DescriptionView
25th November 19134th June 1914Andrew Carnegie
of Skibo Castle, Dornoch, Sutherlandshire, Doctor of Laws, Donor of the Earlsdon, Foleshill and Stoke Branch Libraries, Coventry.
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29th January 192425th September 1924Colonel William Fitzthomas Wyley, V.D., D.L., J.P. (Alderman of the Coventry City Council)
of the Charterhouse, Coventry. In recognition of the eminent services which he has rendered to the City of Coventry throughout his long public life.
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29th July 19279th November 1927Alderman Alfred Henry Drinkwater, J.P.
of Jedburgh House, The Butts, Coventry. In recognition of his long public services to the City of Coventry.
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28th February 193315th June 1933Alfred Herbert (Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire)
of Dunley Manor, Whitchurch, Hants. In recognition of his generosity, as exemplified particularly in the presentation to the City of the Alfred Herbert Recreation Ground and of Lady Herbert's Garden, and also in recognition of his eminent services in connection with the modern industrial development of Coventry.
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27th October 193610th December 1936Baron Nuffield, of Nuffield, O.B.E., D.C.L.
In recognition of his generous help to the Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital and to other good causes, and of his distinguished place in the modern industrial life of Coventry and the Nation.
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27th October 193610th December 1936Hugh Richard Farren, Esquire, O.B.E., J.P.
In recognition of his high character and of his many years of devoted public service to the City of Coventry.
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7th May 194614th October 1946Frederick Smith, Esquire, B.A., F.G.S.
In appreciation of the eminent service which he has rendered to the City in the offices of Town Clerk and Clerk of the Peace, in recognition of his devotion to public duties during a period of unprecedented municipal development and as a token of public esteem.
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2nd October 196215th November 1962Alfred Robert Grindlay, Esquire, C.B.E., J.P. (Alderman)
A member of the City Council for nearly 39 years, in recognition of his eminent and devoted services to the City during a period of unprecedented municipal development and as a token of public esteem.
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2nd October 196215th November 1962George Edward Hodgkinson, Esquire, O.B.E. (Alderman)
A member of the City Council for nearly 35 years, in recognition of his eminent and devoted services to the City during a period of unprecedented municipal development and as a token of public esteem.
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7th January 19691st May 1969Edward Langton, Baron Iliffe of Yattendon in the County of Berkshire
In recognition and appreciation of the eminent service he has rendered and of his many benefactions to his native City.
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10th November 19817th April 1982Councillor Arthur James Waugh M.A.
In recognition of his eminent and devoted services to the City and his significant contribution to public life in Coventry over a period of thirty-five years.
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26th January 199926th November 1999The Right Honourable Dr. Marjorie (Mo) Mowlam, M.P.
In recognition of her significant contribution to the peace settlement in Ireland.
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14th July 201525th September 2015Mr. Ratan Naval Tata G.B.E and Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya K.T., C.B.E., F.R.Eng, F.R.S.
In recognition of the investment of Tata Steel into Jaguar Land Rover which has enhanced and protected the status of car manufacturing in the region, supported by the Warwick Manufacturing Group.
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