How Bedfordshire Voted, 1685-1735: The Evidence of Local Poll Books
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348 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

9 b/w, 1 line illus.

Series: Publications Bedfordshire Hist Rec Soc

Series Vol. Number: 87

Imprint: Bedfordshire Historical Record Society

How Bedfordshire Voted, 1685-1735: The Evidence of Local Poll Books

Volume II: 1716-1735

by James Collett-White

Edited by James Collett-White

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A very useful analysis of the political debates of the times. ANCESTORS [for volume I]
This second volume of BHRS`s series of late seventeenth and early eighteenth century poll books continues the story of Bedfordshire voting in the context of local and national politics up to the election in 1734. It contains transcriptions of the poll books for four Bedford borough elections and three county elections held between 1722 and 1734. Except for the 1722 county election, the poll books are taken from hitherto unpublished manuscripts.
Much of the political and local background to voting is recounted in volume 1. For this volume, each chapter has an introduction which draws upon letters to provide an insight into the political alliances and manoeuvres which occurred in selecting candidates, including the part played by the Duchess of Marlborough.
The poll books themselves are a mine of local information about Bedfordshire. The 10,000 names in this volume (fully indexed), added to the 8,500 names in the first volume, provide evidence for in-depth study of people, places and landholding in Bedfordshire. They will also help family historians find ancestors between the 1671 Hearth Tax and the 1841 Census.
Introduction
1722 Election
Elections of 1725 and 1727
Borough Election of 1731
1734 Election
Bibliography
Index

James Collett-White is an archivist and has worked at the Isle of Wight Record Office (1970-1974), Bedfordshire Archives and Records Service (1975-2012) and has been Archivist to Sir Samuel Whitbread since 1997. He has contributed to several BHRS volumes and was, for a short time, the Society’s general editor. He has published articles to celebrate the hundredth anniversaries of Bedfordshire Archives and Records Service and BHRS and researches, lectures and writes on history in Bedfordshire. He is working with Bob Ricketts and David Newman on another volume for BHRS on the Turner family of Milton Ernest.

James Collett-White is an archivist and has worked at the Isle of Wight Record Office (1970-1974), Bedfordshire Archives and Records Service (1975-2012) and has been Archivist to Sir Samuel Whitbread since 1997. He has contributed to several BHRS volumes and was, for a short time, the Society’s general editor. He has published articles to celebrate the hundredth anniversaries of Bedfordshire Archives and Records Service and BHRS and researches, lectures and writes on history in Bedfordshire. He is working with Bob Ricketts and David Newman on another volume for BHRS on the Turner family of Milton Ernest.

"Should provide rich pickings for students of Bedfordshire in the early eighteenth century." ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW
"Will be of significant value to family historians and genealogists." ARCHIVES

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Title Details

348 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

9 b/w, 1 line illus.

Series: Publications Bedfordshire Hist Rec Soc

Series Vol. Number: 87

Imprint: Bedfordshire Historical Record Society