Appendix X: Under-age Members

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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Under-age Members.

The following Members were elected (within the period 1690-1715) while still minors, contrary to the custom of Parliament, which was itself reinforced by a specific provision in the Elections Act of 1696 (7 & 8 Gul. III, c. 25, cl. viii). Those marked with the symbol ‡ reached maturity before taking their seats in the Commons.


Before the passage of the Elections Act


Aged 17:

Hon. FRANCIS GODOLPHIN, Helston, 1695

Sir JOHN LEVESON GOWER, 5th Bt., Newcastle-under-Lyme, 16921

MONTAGU VENABLES-BERTIE (formerly BERTIE), Ld. Norreys, Oxfordshire, 16902


Aged 18:

Hon. ROBERT BERTIE, Westbury, 1695

Sir JOHN PAKINGTON, 4th Bt., Worcestershire, 16903

THOMAS TRENCHARD, Dorchester, 1690


Aged 19:

Hon. PHILIP SYDNEY, Kent, 1695


Aged 20:

Hon. MAURICE ASHLEY, Weymouth and Melcombe Regis, 1695

Sir JOHN BOLLES, 4th Bt., Lincoln, 1690

Sir ROGER BRADSHAIGH, 3rd Bt., Wigan, 1695

MICHAEL HILL, Saltash, 1692

HENRY HYDE, Ld. Hyde, Launceston, 1692

Hon. HENEAGE MONTAGU, Huntingdonshire, 1695

SIR RICHARD SANDFORD, 3rd Bt., Westmorland, 1695

MAURICE THOMPSON, Bletchingley, 1695