Introductory Survey, 1790-1820

by R.G. Thorne, published in 1986

Like all the introductory surveys, it provides information on the conventions, methods and sources used in the compilation of the biographies and constituency articles. The section on constituencies and elections analyses the different franchises found in boroughs, describes the complex systems of election used in Scotland and Wales, and reviews the evidence concerning the conduct of elections throughout the country. Nevertheless, readers should be aware that work done since the publication of these volumes has refined and corrected some of the conclusions arrived at.