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 corporation

Number of voters:



19 Apr. 1754Sir William Irby 
 George Hunt 
30 Mar. 1761George Hunt 
 John Parker 
24 May 1762Sir Christopher Treise vice Parker, vacated his seat 
21 Mar. 1768George Hunt29
 James Laroche20
 Sir Christopher Treise15
10 Oct. 1774George Hunt27
 James Laroche25
 Henry Dagge3
12 Sept. 1780George Hunt 
 William Masterman 
6 Apr. 1784Sir John Morshead 
 Thomas Hunt 
 William Masterman 
27 Nov. 1789George Wilbraham vice Hunt, deceased 

Main Article

There was no one exclusive patron, but neighbouring squires had a natural interest in the borough: in the first place George Hunt of Lanhydrock, heir to the Robartes family; Thomas Pitt, sen. and jun., of Boconnoc; and Christopher Treise and his nephew John Morshead, of Lavethan. The Hunt family held one seat throughout the period 1754-90; but their hold was not absolute. The last attempt within this period to assert the Boconnoc interest was made at the by-election of 1762.

Author: Sir Lewis Namier