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 freemen and inhabitant householders

Number of voters:

about 500


16 Apr. 1754Nicolson Calvert252
 John Martin246
 Thomas Gage, Visct. Gage117
 Hon. Thomas Gage94
26 Mar. 1761Sir William Codrington 
 Nicolson Calvert 
18 Mar. 1768Sir William Codrington 
 Nicolson Calvert 
8 Oct. 1774Sir William Codrington 
 Joseph Martin 
8 Apr. 1776Joseph Martin vice Joseph Martin, deceased 
11 Sept. 1780Sir William Codrington 
 James Martin 
6 Apr. 1784James Martin266
 Sir William Codrington210
 John Embury150

Main Article

Tewkesbury was a placid borough, with the corporation in control. It was free from the cruder forms of bribery: instead, the Members paid a lump sum or else made a contribution towards some municipal undertaking. About 1754 the Dowdeswell, Martin, and Gage families had most influence in the borough: nine Dowdeswells had sat since 1660; the Martins held one seat 1734-47 and 1774-1807; and Lord Gage sat from 1721 to 1754.

At the general election of 1754 a number of voters got toget