Double Member County

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

Number of voters:

about 4,000


17 Apr. 1754John Bulkeley Coventry
 Edmund Pytts
8 Apr. 1761John Ward
 William Dowdeswell
8 Jan. 1766Dowdeswell re-elected after appointment to office
30 Mar. 1768John Ward
 William Dowdeswell
30 May 1774Edward Foley vice Ward, called to the Upper House
17 Oct. 1774William Dowdeswell
 Edward Foley
22 Mar. 1775William Lygon vice Dowdeswell, deceased
27 Sept. 1780Edward Foley
 William Lygon
7 Apr. 1784Edward Foley
 William Lygon

Main Article

There was no contest for Worcestershire between 1741 and 1806, and during this period the representation of the county was settled amicably at the county meeting. The Foley family had probably the largest interest, but it was not such as to dominate the county.

Author: J. A. Cannon