Brackley

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:

33

Elections

DateCandidateVotes
16 Apr. 1754Marshe Dickinson33
 Thomas Humberston18
 Henry Vernon15
20 Nov. 1755Sir William Morton vice Humberston, deceased 
26 Mar. 1761Marshe Dickinson 
 Robert Wood 
17 Jan. 1765Wood re-elected after appointment to office 
15 Feb. 1765John Montagu, Visct. Hinchingbrooke, vice Dickinson, deceased 
18 Mar. 1768Robert Wood 
 William Egerton 
4 Oct. 1771Timothy Caswall vice Wood, deceased 
6 Oct. 1774William Egerton 
 Timothy Caswall 
9 Sept. 1780Timothy Caswall 
 John William Egerton 
31 Mar. 1784Timothy Caswall 
 John William Egerton 
6 July 1789Samual Haynes vice Caswall, appointed to office 

Main Article

Brackley was always counted as a pocket borough of the Duke of Bridgwater. In 1754 Bridgwater, a minor, was on the grand tour, and his affairs were managed by his uncle the Duke of Bedford. At Brackley a complete stranger, Thomas Humberston, bribed a majority of the corporation into promising him single votes. Bedford, with Dickinson and Vernon, the Bridgwater candidates, went down to try and retrieve the situation.

Mr. Humberston and his agents had been so alert [wrote Bedford to Bridgwater on 29 Apr. 17541] that though I and the candidates walked the town from house to house to invite them to dinner and to ask their votes for bot