Musician Lord Mayors

Sir Denis Truscott

(Lord Mayor 1957 - 1958)

The Musicians' Company Archive Project

Sir Denis Henry Truscott (1908 - 1989) became Lord Mayor in 1957. He was the third generation of his family to serve in this post and also to be a member of the Stationers’ Livery, his Mother Company.

 

Sir Denis's grandfather, Francis Wyatt Truscott, joined the Court of Common Council representing the Ward of Dowgate in 1858, becoming its Alderman in 1871 and the Lord Mayor in 1879. His son, George Wyatt Truscott

also became Alderman for Dowgate, taking over from his father in 1895 and was Lord Mayor in 1908. Sir Denis Truscott (the grandson of Francis and a nephew to George), became Alderman for Dowgate in 1947, Sheriff in 1951, was knighted in 1953 and became Lord Mayor in 1957. He continued as Dowgate's Alderman until 1973.

 

Dennis Truscott's father was Henry Dexter Truscott (brother of Sir George) who was Master of the Musicans' Company in 1925/6. While in Office, Henry proposed his then 17 year old son, Denis (who had already been apprenticed to a Pastmaster for 4 years) for membership of the Company. Sir Denis joined the WCOM Court of Assistants in 1947 and became Master Musician for the first time in 1956.

 

During his tenure as Lord Mayor, Sir Denis Truscott invited the Musicians’ Company to hold a banquet at the Mansion House. After dinner, Malcolm Arnold conducted a performance of his own Toy Symphony, and the Lord Mayor played one of the Toy Trumpets. Truscott became Master of the Musicians’ Company again in 1970.

 

Click the image below for a short video showing Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother being escorted by Truscott as Lord Mayor at a reception in Guildhall at which she spoke:

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