Double Member Borough

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
Available from Boydell and Brewer

Background Information

Right of Election:

in the corporation

Number of voters:



16 Apr. 1754John Griffin Griffin 
 Francis Blake Delaval 
30 Mar. 17611Sir John Griffin Griffin19
 Sir Francis Blake Delaval12
  Benjamin Lethieullier5
21 Mar. 1768Sir John Griffin Griffin17
 Benjamin Lethieullier15
 Sir Francis Blake Delaval9
5 Oct. 1774Benjamin Lethieullier18
 Sir John Griffin Griffin13
 John Pollen7
8 Sept. 1780Sir John Griffin Griffin 
 Banjamin Lethieullier 
30 Mar. 1784Sir John Griffin Griffin 
 Benjamin Lethieullier 
11 Aug. 1784William Fellowes vice Griffin, called to the Upper House 

Main Article

The chief parliamentary interest was in the Earl of Portsmouth, whose seat at Hurstbourne was five miles from the borough: John Griffin Griffin, whose aunt was married to the 1st Earl, sat on his interest; and after him, William Fellowes, whose sister was married to the 2nd Earl. But when in September 1760 Francis Blake Delaval tried through Newcastle for a juncture with Griffin, Portsmouth replied:2

When I recommended Major-General Griffin to my friends at Andover I promised them that I would not interfere farther in the election, so that your Grace sees the impossibility of my serving Mr. Delaval.

Another interest gradually became established in the borough: that of Joshua Iremonger of Wherwell (3½ miles from Andover). Matthew Fetherstonhaugh, married to a half-sister of Iremonger and sister of Benjamin Lethieullier, in 1754 unsuccessfully tried to secure a seat at Andover, and apparently declined the poll; but Lethieullier in 1768 ousted Delaval though supported by the Du