Castle Rising

Double Member Borough

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
Available from Boydell and Brewer

Background Information

Right of Election:

in the freemen

Number of voters:

about 50


20 Apr. 1754Thomas Howard
 Horatio Walpole
25 Feb. 1757Charles Boone vice Walpole, vacated his seat
28 Mar. 1761Thomas Howard
 Charles Boone
21 Mar. 1768Thomas Whatley
 Jenison Shafto
2 Feb. 1771Whatley re-elected after appointment to office
8 June 1771Crisp Molyneux vice Shafto, deceased
3 Feb. 1772Whatley re-elected after appointment to office
10 June 1772Heneage Finch, Lord Guernsey vice Whatley, deceased
8 Oct. 1774Alexander Wedderburn
 Robert Mackreth
2 Jan. 1775Charles Finch vice Wedderburn, chose to sit for Okehampton
24 May 1777John Chetwynd Talbot vice Finch, vacated his seat
12 Sept. 1780John Chetwynd Talbot
 Robert Mackreth
2 Jan. 1782Talbot re-elected after appointment to office
25 May 1782Sir James Erskine vice Talbot, called to the Upper House
3 Apr. 1784Charles Boone
 Walter Sneyd

Main Article

Castle Rising was a complete pocket borough, shared by the families of Walpole and Howard. George, 3rd Earl of Orford, nominated to one seat throughout this period; the other was controlled by Henry, 12th Earl of Suffolk, and after his death in 1779 by his mother, Lady Andover.

Author: J. A. Cannon