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 burgage holders

Number of voters:

about 70


17 Apr. 1754William Powlett
 Thomas Townshend
8 Mar. 1757George Jennings vice Powlett, deceased
31 Mar. 1761Thomas Townshend
 George Jennings
23 Dec. 1765Townshend re-elected after appointment to office
4 Dec. 1767Townshend re-elected after appointment to office
19 Mar. 1768Thomas Townshend
 Henry Wallop
10 Oct. 1774Thomas Townshend
 George Brodrick, Visct. Midleton
9 Sept. 1780Thomas Townshend
 George Brodrick, Visct. Midleton
3 Apr. 1782Townshend re-elected after appointment to office
18 July 1782Townshend re-elected after appointment to office
17 Mar. 1783William Selwyn vice Townshend, called to the Upper House
2 Apr. 1784George Brodrick, Visct. Midleton
 William Selwyn

Main Article

Whitchurch was a proprietary borough, but its proprietors changed. About 1750 its patrons were Lord Portsmouth and John Selwyn. On Selwyn’s death in 1751 his interest passed to his son-in-law, Thomas Townshend; and from 1754 to 1774 one Member was chosen by Townshend and the other by Portsmouth. In 1774 and 1780 Thomas Townshend jun. (later Lord Sidney) and his nephew Lord Midleton were returned and Midleton held his seat after 1784, although by then he and Sidney were politically opposed.

Author: John Brooke