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:



17 Apr. 1754Peter Legh
 Randle Wilbraham
30 Mar. 1761Peter Legh
 Randle Wilbraham
19 Mar. 1768Peter Legh
 Anthony James Keck
11 Oct. 1774Anthony James Keck
 Robert Vernon Atherton Gwillym
12 Sept. 1780Thomas Peter Legh
 Thomas Davenport
30 May 1783Legh re-elected after appointment to office
6 Apr. 1784Thomas Peter Legh
 Sir Thomas Davenport
10 Apr. 1786Thomas Brooke vice Davenport, deceased

Main Article

Newton was a pocket borough of the family of Legh of Lyme Park. As lords of the manor they appointed the steward and the bailiff (the returning officers), and in this period had complete control of the corporation.

Author: John Brooke