Yarmouth I.o.W.


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 freemen

Number of voters:

about 50


29 Jan. 1715Henry Holmes39
 Sir Robert Raymond38
 Anthony Morgan20
 Sir Theodore Janssen18
 Morgan and JANSSEN vice Holmes and Raymond, on petition, 12 Apr. 1717 
10 Feb. 1721William Plumer vice Janssen, expelled the House 
24 Mar. 1722Anthony Morgan 
 Thomas Stanwix 
10 Apr. 1725Maurice Morgan vice Stanwix, deceased 
19 Aug. 1727Paul Burrard 
 Maurice Morgan 
9 Feb. 1731Morgan re-elected after appointment to office 
17 May 1733Maurice Bocland vice Morgan, deceased 
26 Apr. 1734Lord Harry Powlett 
 Paul Burrard 
23 Jan. 1736Thomas Gibson vice Burrard, deceased 
8 Mar. 1737Anthony Chute vice Powlett, chose to sit for Hampshire 
9 May 1741Thomas Gibson 
 Maurice Bocland 
14 Dec. 1744Robert Carteret vice Gibson, deceased 
1 July 1747Thomas Holmes 
 Henry Holmes 

Main Article

At George I's accession the chief interests at Yarmouth were in two local landowners, Anthony Morgan, a Whig, and Henry Holmes, a Tory. In 1715 Holmes and another Tory, Sir Robert Raymond, defeated Morgan and another Whig, Sir Theodore Janssen, who petitioned on the ground that 27 of their opponents' voters were unqualified, under a by-law passed by the corporation in 1670 providing that no new members should be admitted unless the mayor and five other members, known as chief burgesses, were present. The sitting members contended that the by-law was void, not having been made by a majority of the common council; but the House held that it was valid and awarded the seats to the petitioners.1 After this, Morgan gained control of both seats for the Administration. In 1741 Thomas Holmes became government manager for the Isle of Wight boroughs, gradually filling the Yarmouth corporation with his friends and relations.2 Thereafter the corporation admitted no more freemen, Yarmouth becoming virtually a corporation borough.

Author: Paula Watson


  • 1. CJ, xviii. 532-4.
  • 2. Jenkinson Pprs. 128.