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In 1515/16, the Court of Aldermen of the City of London settled an order of precedence for the forty-eight Livery Companies then in existence, which was based on the Companies' economic or political power.

The first 12 Livery Companies are known as the Great Twelve. There are now over one hundred Livery Companies, some of recent formation, so the Order of Precedence is sometimes reviewed. However, the Merchant Taylors and the Skinners have always disputed their precedence, so once a year (at Easter) they exchange sixth and seventh place. This is one of the theories for the origin of the phrase "at sixes and sevens", as the master of the Merchant Taylors has asserted a number of times, although the first use of the phrase may have been before the Taylors and the Skinners decided to alternate their position.

List of Livery Companies, in order of precedence

  1. The Worshipful Company of Merchant Taylors (alternates with the Skinners)
  2. The Worshipful Company of Skinners (alternates with the Merchant Taylors)
  3. The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers
  4. The Worshipful Company of Salters
  5. The Worshipful Company of Ironmongers
  6. The Worshipful Company of Vintners
  7. The Worshipful Company of Clothworkers
  8. The Worshipful Company of Dyers
  9. The Worshipful Company of Brewers
  10. The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers
  11. The Worshipful Company of Pewterers
  12. The Worshipful Company of Barbers
  13. The Worshipful Company of Cutlers
  14. The Worshipful Company of Bakers
  15. The Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers
  16. The Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers
  17. The Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers
  18. The Worshipful Company of Girdlers
  19. The Worshipful Company of Butchers
  20. The Worshipful Company of Saddlers
  21. The Worshipful Company of Carpenters
  22. The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers
  23. The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers
  24. The Worshipful Company of Curriers
  25. The Worshipful Company of Masons
  26. The Worshipful Company of Plumbers
  27. The Worshipful Company of Innholders
  28. The Worshipful Company of Founders
  29. The Worshipful Company of Poulters
  30. The Worshipful Company of Cooks
  31. The Worshipful Company of Coopers
  32. The Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers
  33. The Worshipful Company of Bowyers
  34. The Worshipful Company of Fletchers
  35. The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths
  36. The Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers
  37. The Worshipful Company of Weavers
  38. The Worshipful Company of Woolmen
  39. The Worshipful Company of Scriveners
  40. The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers
  41. The Worshipful Company of Plaisterers
  42. The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers
  43. The Worshipful Company of Broderers
  44. The Worshipful Company of Upholders
  45. The Worshipful Company of Musicians
  46. The Worshipful Company of Turners
  47. The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers
  48. The Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass
  49. The Worshipful Company of Horners
  50. The Worshipful Company of Farriers
  51. The Worshipful Company of Paviors
  52. The Worshipful Company of Loriners
  53. The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries
  54. The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights
  55. The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers
  56. The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
  57. The Worshipful Company of Glovers
  58. The Worshipful Company of Feltmakers
  59. The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters
  60. The Worshipful Company of Needlemakers
  61. The Worshipful Company of Gardeners
  62. The Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers
  63. The Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights
  64. The Worshipful Company of Distillers
  65. The Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers
  66. The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers
  67. The Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers
  68. The Worshipful Company of Gunmakers
  69. The Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers
  70. The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards
  71. The Worshipful Company of Fanmakers
  72. The Worshipful Company of Carmen
  73. The Honourable Company of Master Mariners
  74. The City of London Solicitors' Company
  75. The Worshipful Company of Farmers
  76. The Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators
  77. The Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Makers and Tobacco Blenders
  78. The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers
  79. The Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers
  80. The Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors
  81. The Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
  82. The Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators
  83. The Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants
  84. The Worshipful Company of Launderers
  85. The Worshipful Company of Marketors
  86. The Worshipful Company of Actuaries
  87. The Worshipful Company of Insurers
  88. The Worshipful Company of Arbitrators
  89. The Worshipful Company of Engineers
  90. The Worshipful Company of Fuellers
  91. The Worshipful Company of Lightmongers
  92. The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners
  93. The Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects
  94. The Worshipful Company of Constructors
  95. The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists
  96. The Worshipful Company of World Traders
  97. The Worshipful Company of Water Conservators
  98. The Worshipful Company of Firefighters
  99. The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers
  100. The Worshipful Company of Management Consultants
  101. The Worshipful Company of International Bankers
  102. The Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers




    Livery Companies (in Order of Precedence)

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