Constituencies 1690-1715

Published in 2002

Between 1690 and 1707 the House of Commons consisted of 513 Members, elected by 245 English constituencies (40 counties, 203 boroughs, 2 universities) which returned 489 Members and 24 Welsh constituencies which returned one Member each. The constituencies and contested elections are listed in a section in D.W. Hayton's Introductory Survey.

The franchise in both counties and boroughs is discussed in detail in the chapter on Constituencies and elections in the Introductory survey. The franchise in the counties was the ancient 40 shilling freeholder franchise: the vote belonged to those with freehold property worth £2 or more, although in practice this definition could be stretched to some extent. The survey discusses the siz