Dame Mary Fagan DCVO JP gains rare honour of High Steward of Winchester
Press Release: 21/05/2012
Dame Mary Fagan DCVO JP was appointed as High Steward of Winchester at the Annual Mayor Making ceremony on Wednesday 16 May , an honour that has not been given for 35 years.
The role was previously held by Lord Porchester (later Lord Carnavon) who was appointed in 1977 and remained in office until his death in 2001.Since that time the post has been vacant.
The Office was created in 1582 and was recorded in the city ordinance book as being created ‘for the direction, defence and maintenance of the citye and the rights libertys and privileges of the same’, but others have suggested the role originated more so that the city would have an influential friend at court who could be trusted to further the city’s interests.
Dame Mary was appointed Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire in 1994, and as the Queen’s representative, is responsible for the arrangements made for Royal Visits to the County. Dame Mary was appointed a Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 2009.
Dame Mary is well-known and respected in Hampshire where she has lived with her husband, Captain Christopher Fagan, for over 40 years. Dame Mary is currently President and Patron of over 60 organisations in Hampshire which include education, commerce and industry. She has strong links with the military and holds several honorary positions in both the Army and the Royal Navy.
Dame Mary said,
I am absolutely delighted with the great honour that the City of Winchester has bestowed upon me. As its new High Steward I will serve the City and community to the best of my ability.’
The Mayor of Winchester Cllr Frank Pearson said,
The City Council considers itself very fortunate that Dame Mary has agreed to become our High Steward of Winchester. The vote to offer her this office was unanimous, as well deserved recognition for incredible work within Winchester and District and we look forward to working with Dame Mary in the future.”