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Devonshire in Parliament, 1660-1832

Trans. Devon Assoc., vol. XXX, (1898), pp. 371-377.

by

J.B. Pearson

Prepared by Michael Steer

The paper was read at the Association’s July 1898 Honiton meeting. It enlarges upon the author’s paper presented in the 1896 Transactions (vol. xxviii), that focussed on Representatives solely for the Borough of Ashburton. The present paper provides an account of the entire representation for Devonshire, including the city of Exeter, as it existed prior to the Reform Act of 1832. Devon was represented, from the Restoration in 1660 to 1832, by, first, two county members; secondly, by two members for the city and county of Exeter, the city having been declared a county of itself by grant from Henry YIII. in 1537, confirmed by statute in 1550; and, thirdly, by eleven boroughs, close or open. Their circumstances and franchises are given in the paper. They returned in all 22 members, so that the entire area of Devon had as many as 26, or about one-twentieth of the entire representation of England and Wales. The article, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

 

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Name Index
 
Alenson 373
Bastard, Mr 377
Beverley, Earl of 374
Blackstone 372
Charles II 375
Chaucer 374
Clinton, Lord 373
Clive, Lord 375
Edward III 374
George I 376
George II 376
Gervis, Mr Henry 373
Harrowby, Earl of 376
Henry VI 376
Henry VIII 371
Houldsworth 374
Palk, Sir L. 373
Poyntz, Mr 373
Risdon 373
Russell family 376
Ryder family 376
Savile, Albany Esq 375
Torrens, Colonel 373
William I 373
Yonge, Sir William 374
 
Place Index
 
Appleby, Westmoreland 373
Ashburton 371-4
Barnstaple 373
Beer Alston (Albeston) 372-3
Beer Ferrers 373
Bletchingley, Surrey 372
Bordeaux 374
Borough Bridge, Yorkshire 373
Carthage (Cartage) 374
Castle Rising, Norfolk 372
Clifton Dartmouth Hardness 374
Cockermouth, Cumberland 372
Cornwall 376
Dartmouth 374
Devonshire 371-2, 376-7
Downton, Wiltshire 373
Droitwich, Worcestershire 373
East Grinstead, Sussex 373
England 371, 375
Exeter 371-3, 377
Heytesbury, Wiltshire 373
Honiton 372, 374
Horsham, Sussex 373
Hull 374
Ilchester 374
Midhurst, Sussex 373
Newfoundland 374
Northallerton, Yorkshire 373
Nottingham 377
Okehampton 372, 375
Old Sarum, Wiltshire 373
Plymouth 373, 375
Plympton 376
Plympton Earle 376
Poole, Dorset 374
Queen Anne’s Gate 375
Reigate, Surrey 372
Richmond, Yorkshire 373
Rippon, Yorkshire 373
Saltash, Cornwall 372
Sutton Pool 375
Tavistock 376
Thirsk, Yorkshire 373
Tiverton 376
Totnes 374, 377
Wales 371, 375
Westminster 371, 374-5