Brackley

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:

33

Elections

DateCandidate
29 Jan. 1715WILLIAM EGERTON
 PAUL METHUEN
9 July 1716METHUEN re-elected after appointment to office
24 June 1720METHUEN re-elected after appointment to office
22 Mar. 1722PAUL METHUEN
 WILLIAM EGERTON
3 June 1725METHUEN re-elected after appointment to office
17 Aug. 1727SIR PAUL METHUEN
 WILLIAM EGERTON
25 Jan. 1733GEORGE LEE vice Egerton, deceased
25 Apr. 1734SIR PAUL METHUEN
 GEORGE LEE
4 May 1741SIR PAUL METHUEN
 GEORGE LEE
22 Mar. 1742SEWALLIS SHIRLEY vice Lee, appointed to office
26 June 1747SEWALLIS SHIRLEY
 RICHARD LYTTELTON

Main Article

Brackley, a town of about 250 houses, was controlled by the dukes of Bridgwater, the lords of the manor, which their family acquired by marriage in 1597. The franchise was vested in the corporation, consisting of the mayor, 6 aldermen and 26 capital burgesses. The mayor, who was the returning officer, was nominated by the lord’s steward out of the aldermen. Vacancies among the aldermen were filled by the corporation out of two ca