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Declaration of the High Sheriff of the County of Isle of Wight
– 4th April 2011

Pursuant to s.7 of the Sheriffs Act 1887

  • I, Susie Sheldon of King's Manor, Freshwater in the Isle of Wight, do solemnly declare that I will well and truly serve The Queen's Majesty, in the office of Sheriff of the County of the Isle of Wight, and promote Her Majesty's profit in all things that belong to my office, as far as I legally can or may.
  • I will truly preserve the Queen's rights and all that belongeth to the Crown.
  • I will not assent to decrease, lessen, or conceal - the rights of the Queen - and whenever I shall have knowledge that the rights of the Crown are concealed, or withdrawn in any matter or thing, I will do my utmost to make them be restored to the Crown again.
  • And if I may not do it myself, I will inform the Queen, or some of Her Majesty's judges - thereof.
  • I will not respite, or delay, to levy the Queen's debts - for any gift, promise, reward or favour - where I may raise the same without great grievance to the debtors.
  • I will do right as well to poor as to rich in all things belonging to my office.
  • I will do no wrong to any man for any gift, reward or promise, nor for favour or hatred.
  • I will disturb no man's right, and will truly and faithfully acquit at the Exchequer all those of whom I shall receive any debts, or sums of money, belonging to the Crown.
  • I will take nothing whereby the Queen may lose, - or whereby her right may be disturbed, injured or delayed.
  • I will truly return and truly serve - all the Queen's writs, according to the best of my skill and knowledge.
  • I will take no bailiffs into my service but such as I will answer for.
  • I will truly set and return reasonable and due issues of them that be within my bailiwick according to their estate and circumstances - and make due panels of persons able and sufficient, and not suspected or procured - as is appointed by the statutes of this realm.
  • I have not sold or let to farm, nor contracted for, - nor have I granted or promised for reward or benefit, - nor will I sell or let to farm, - nor contract for, - or grant for reward or benefit, - by myself or any other person, for me or for my use, (directly or indirectly), my sheriffwick or any bailiwick thereof, or any office belonging thereunto, (or the profits of the same), to any person or persons whatsoever.
  • I will truly and diligently execute the good laws and statutes of this realm, and in all things well and truly behave myself in my office, for the honour of the Queen, and the good of her subjects, - and discharge the same according to the best of my skill and power.