Frank Ross is the current and 257th, the Right Honourable Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, an ancient office dating back to the 13th century.


They are elected by the city council and serve not only as the chair of that body, but as a figurehead for the entire city. They are also ex officio the Lord-Lieutenant of Edinburgh and are equivalent in many ways to the institution of Mayor that exists in many other countries. While some of Scotland's local authorities elect a Provost, only the four main cities (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee) have a Lord Provost. In Edinburgh this position dates from 1667, when Charles II elevated the Provost to the status of Lord Provost, with the same rank and precedence as the Lord Mayor of London. For further information, please refer to

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