Excerpt of Beaven's introductory notes to the
"Chronological List of Aldermen from 1401 to the Present Time" in vol. II:
"The succession in each Ward is given in Volume I (pages 1-224); the following list gives the chronological succession of persons. Hence, when one or more translations from one Ward to another took place in consequence of a single death or resignation, the new Alderman is regarded as taking the seat of the one who had died or resigned, not of the one to whose Ward he succeeded. ... The dates are given throughout according to the modern computation, i.e. New Style: consequently for the periods from January 1 to March 25, annually, till 1751, the years are later by one ..."