Double Member Borough
Available from Boydell and Brewer
Right of Election:
in inhabitant householders and in the freemen
Number of voters:
|15 Apr. 1754||Nathaniel Brassey|
|13 Dec. 1759||George Cowper, Visct. Fordwich, vice Harrison, deceased|
|26 Mar. 1761||John Calvert|
|17 Mar. 1768||John Calvert|
|15 Jan. 1770||Paul Feilde vice Cowper, deceased||244|
|8 Oct. 1774||John Calvert|
|7 Sept. 1780||Thomas Dimsdale||286|
|30 Mar. 1784||John Calvert||365|
Hertford was an independent borough, generally reckoned one of the most uncorrupt in the kingdom. ‘The Dissenting interest is very considerable there’, wrote Paul Feilde in 1769,1 particularly the Quakers. The representatives were nearly all drawn from local gentry; and the leading families concerned in the borough were the Harrisons of Balls Park, the Cowpers of Panshanger, the Calverts, and the Dimsdale and Brassey families. But almost any substantial Hertfordshire country gentleman would have had a chance. Since the number of honorary freemen could not exceed three, the borough was free from the worst excesses of corporation influence.
Author: J. A. Cannon
- 1. Add. 35639, f. 124.