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Sir David Thomas Rowell Lewis (born 1947 in Hong Kong) was Lord Mayor of London for 2007–08.

Lewis was born in Hong Kong,[1] the grandson of a sheep-farmer from Carmarthenshire, Wales and regards himself as Welsh.[2] He was educated at the Dragon School and St Edward's School, Oxford before reading Jurisprudence at Jesus College, Oxford. He joined Norton Rose and qualified as a solicitor in 1972, becoming a Partner in 1977 and then holding the position of Chairman and Senior Partner between 1997 and 2003.

He was elected as a City Alderman in 2001 and then Sheriff of London in 2006.[1] He became the 680th Lord Mayor in 2007, being only the eighth Welsh Lord Mayor in the City of London's history, and the first to have a Welsh heraldic motto.[2] Upon the completion of his year of office Lewis was knighted in the 2009 New Year Honours List.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Current Lord Mayor – Alderman David Lewis". City of London Corporation. Archived from the original on 2007-12-15. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  2. ^ a b "Lord Mayor's pride in Welsh links". BBC. 10 November 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  3. ^ "New Year Honours – United Kingdom" (pdf). London Gazette. 2008-12-31. Retrieved 2009-01-01.

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Preceded by
Sir John Stuttard
Lord Mayor of London
Succeeded by
Ian Luder