Andover

Borough

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
Available from Boydell and Brewer

Background Information

Right of Election:

in the corporation

Number of voters:

24

Elections

DateCandidateVotes
29 Jan. 1715JOHN WALLOP 
 WILLIAM GUIDOTT 
1 Apr. 1715JAMES BRUDENELL vice Wallop, chose to sit for Hampshire 
3 Apr. 1716BRUDENELL re-elected after appointment to office 
21 Mar. 1722WILLIAM GUIDOTT 
 JAMES BRUDENELL 
23 Aug. 1727JAMES BRUDENELL22
 CHARLES COLYEAR, Visct. Milsington14
 William Guidott10
 Matthew Skinner 
 Abel Ketelby 
20 Jan. 1730WILLIAM GUIDOTT vice Colyear, called to the Upper House 
26 May 1730BRUDENELL re-elected after appointment to office 
25 June 1733BRUDENELL re-elected after appointment to office 
25 Apr. 1734WILLIAM GUIDOTT 
 JOHN POLLEN 
5 May 1741JOHN WALLOP12
 JOHN POLLEN9
 William Guidott8
 John Pugh1
29 June 1747JOHN WALLOP, Visct. Lymington 
 JOHN POLLEN 
28 Nov. 1749JOHN GRIFFIN vice Lymington, deceased17
 Francis Blake Delaval1

Main Article

The right of election at Andover was in the corporation, who allowed John Wallop, Lord Lymington, a neighbouring landowner, to nominate one Member. The other seat was filled by their recorder, William Guidott, till 1727, when Charles Colyear reported to Walpole:

The corporation of Andover having for some elections past made Lord Lymington the compliment of taking his recommendation for one Member, who was Mr. Brudenell, and Mr. Guidott always stood upon his own interest, but by some accident or other having disobliged a majority of the voters, they were determined to elect another in his room, upon which Mr Hoare [?Henry], the banker, was applied to and had not I luckily intervened, they had determined that night to accept of him. But the corporation being rather inclined for the Whig interest approved of me and dropped Mr. Hoare yet were fixed in their resolutions at all events to set aside Mr. Guidott.1

At the election Brudenell and Colyear were returned by the corporation, 22 out of 24 of them voting for Brudenell, 14 for Colyear, and 10 for Guidott. Two Tory candidates, Matthew Skinner and Abel Ketelby, who received no corporation votes, petitioned on the ground that they had each polled 53 resident freemen, who had a right to vote. The freemen also petitioned against the restriction of the franchise to the corporation, whose

numbers being so few, a majority of them have made corrupt bargains and divided considerable sums of money among themselves for their votes of Members to serve for the borough in the present Parliament.

Both petitions were withdrawn.