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1841 Poll Book

The Poll
for
Two Knights of the Shire
for the
West Riding of Yorkshire

On Thursday and Friday, 8th and 9th of JULY, 1841.

Candidates:
The Hon. John Stuart Wortley,
Edmund Beckett Denison, Esquire,
The Right Hon. Lord Viscount Morpeth,
The Right Hon. Lord Viscount Milton.


West Riding of Yorkshire became a seperate parliamentary constituency from 1832 and was entitled to return just two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons until 1865.More information on the West Riding Constituency which came into being after the 1832 reform Act, can be found in this Wikipedia External Website logo article along with brief details of the elections and candidates.

In the 1841 General Election The Hon. John Stuart Wortley represented the Conservative party, as did Edmund Beckett Denison whilst Viscount Morpeth and Viscount Milton were Liberal candidates, and the Conservatives took both seats.

The turnout of voters was 81% , and the polling was very close for all the candidates, the final state of the Poll being:

Hon John Stuart Wortley (Con)
13,165 Votes
Edmund Beckett Denison (Con)
12,780 Votes
Viscount Milton (Lib)
12,080 Votes
Viscount Morpeth (Lib)
12,031 Votes

John Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie External Website logo (1801-1855), he was the MO for the West Riding until 1845 when he became 2nd Baron Wharncliffe on the death of his father and took his seat in the House of Lords.

Edmund Beckett Denison External Website logo (1816-1905), QC and chairman of the Great Northern Railway Company, was later re-elected in 1852 and 1857, serving as an MP for the West Riding from 1848-1859, later becoming Sir Edmund Beckett, 5th Bt. on the death of his father in 1874, and then the First Lord Grimthorpe in 1886.

Viscount Milton External Website logo (1786-1857) was the courtesy title of Charles Wentworth-Fitzwilliam before he inherited the Earldom on his father's death and became the 5th Earl Fitzwilliam. He was the Whig Member of Parliament from Northamptonshire between 1831 and 1832.

Viscount Morpeth External Website logo (1802-1864) was the courtesy title of George William Frederick Howard, before he inherited the title of 7th Earl of Carlisle in 1848. He was elected MP for Yorkshire in the 1831 general election and in 1847 as MP for the West Riding of Yorkshire. (see also External Website logo)

 

1841 General Election - Malhamdale Entries

An * after the elector's name indicates that he is a yearly occupier at a rental of £50.

SETTLE DIVISION          
Elector
Residence
Wor
Den
Mil
Mor
AIRTON TOWNSHIP
Metcalf Thomas * Airton
1
1
Petty Francis Dykelands
1
1
Spencer Richard * Kirksyke
1
1
Taylor Anthony Airton
1
1
Taylor Edward Airton1
1
Taylor John Airton
Wmy John Airton
1
1
CALTON TOWNSHIP
Alcock William Gisburn Park
1
1
Brown John sen. Calton
1
1
Brown John jun.* Calton
1
1
Bown William * Calton
1
1
Spencer George * Calton
1
1
Shackleton John * Calton
1
1
Taylor Richard * New Field
1
1
HANLITH TOWNSHIP
Langstroth Stephen Gargrave
1
1
Parkinson Thomas * Hanlith
1
1
Redmayne Thomas * Windy pipe
1
Sergeantson George Hanlith hall
1
1
KIRKBY-IN-MALHAMDALE TOWNSHIP
Altham William Kirkby Top
Atkinson William Kirkby Malham
1
1
Hind Robert Kirkby Malham
1
1
Hind James Kirkby Malham
1
1
Hornby Henry * Kirkby Malham
1
1
Hornby William * Kirkby Malham
1
1
Harper Stephen Kirkby Malham
Hodgson John * Kirkby Malham
1
1
Shackleton John Kirkby Malham
1
1
Saner James Kirkby Malham
Taylor John Kirkby Malham
1
1
Walker William Kirkby Malham
1
1
Walker James Kirkby Malham
1
1
Wilson Stephen Kirkby Malham
1
1
MALHAM TOWNSHIP
Atkinson Henry Malham
Anderson Robert * Malham
1
1
Airton William * Gordale house
1
1
Benson Thomas * Malham
1
1
Benson Robert * Malham
1
1
Charnley George Church St., Bolton-le-Moors
1
1
Dugdill William Malham
1
1
Dugdill John Malham
1
1
Heseldon John Malham
Harrison William Malham
Hargreaves Geo jun. * Malham
1
1
Hammerton Thomas Picadilly, London
1
1
Hargreaves William * Malham
1
Hurtley John Malham
1
1
Lawson John Malham
1
1
Peacock William Malham
1
1
Shaw Barnabus Malham
Shackleton Robert Malham
Shackleton William Tanfield, Ripon
Thompson Edward York Pl., Portman Sq., London
Yeoman Francis * Malham
1
1
MALHAM MOOR TOWNSHIP
Brotherton John * High Trenhouse
1
1
Brayshaw John * Low Trenhouse
1
1
Carr John Flasby
Hartley Thomas Capon hall
Hebden James * Middle house
1
1
Hornby John * Capon hall
1
1
Leach John * Trenhouee
1
1
Myers Thomas * Darnbrook
1
1
Mallison David * Tenant Gill
1
1
Mullison William * Waterhouses
1
1
Mallison Richard * Peter Castle
1
1
Omerod John Malham
Sharp Henry * Leegate
1
1
OTTERBURN TOWNSHIP
Brown Thomas Skipton
Moorby William * Otterbum
1
1
Nightingale Joseph Otterbum hall
1
1
Nightingale Robert Otterburn hall
1
1
Wray Augustine * Otterbum
1
1
Wetherall Thomas* Gishurn
SCOSTHROP TOWNSHIP
Mount Robert Skellands
Preston William Scosthrop
1
1
Preston Thomas Scosthrop
1
1
Procter Robert * Holgate Head
1
1
Petty Wm Handby * Dykelands
1
1
ESHTON TOWNSHIP
Carr Charles * Bellbusk Airton
1
1
Farrer Thomas Richard King Cross St Halifax
1
1
Markindale Ellis Hudsey hall Manchester
Raw John Eshton
Wilson Matthew Eshton hall
1
1
         
SKIPTON DIVISION        
Elector
Residence
Wor
Den
Mil
Mor
FLASBY-WITH-WINTERBURN TOWNSHIP
Chippindale Joseph Islington London
Carr John Flasby
Dawes George * Friar head
1
1
Gill Christopher * Flasby
1
1
Gill Thomas * Flasby
1
Laycock John * Flasby
1
1
Lord William * Winterburn
1
1
Preston Cooper Flasby
1
1
Preston Wm Thomas Inner Temple London
1
1
Petty John * Flasby
1
1
Shires Thomas Flasby moorside
1
1
Wilkinson Henry Winterburn wood
1
1
Wilkinson Stephen Winterburn wood
1
1
Whittam Benjamin Cowper Coat
Weatherel Robt jun * Winterburn
1
1
Wilson John Cross Hills
1
1
CONISTON COLD TOWNSHIP
Altham William * Ravenflat
1
1
Brown Edward * Coniston Cold
1
1
Butler Laurence Essbottom
1
1
Garforth J Braithwaite Coniston Cold
1
1
Hunter John * Coniston Cold
1
1
Lund John * Coniston Cold
1
1
Scott William * Coniston Cold
1
1
Watson Peter * Coniston Cold
1
1
HETTON WITH BORDLEY TOWNSHIP
Bradley Robert Hetton
1
1
Carlisle Johnson Hetton
1
1
Carlisle Richard * Bordley
1
1
Johnson Stephen Hetton
1
1
Kidd Thomas * Hetton
1
1
Litton John Hetton
1
1
Longbottom Michael Bordley
1
1
Lucas William * Hetton
1
1
Medcalf William Flemington lodge, Reeth
1
1
Parker Robert * Bordley
1
1
Procter Richard sen Bordley
Procter Richard * Bordley
1
1
Procter Robert Holgatehead
Procter Robert Hetton
1
1
Reeda William * Hetton
1
1
Reeda John * Hetton
1
1
Simpson John Hetton
1
1
Sarginson William Skelgate
1
1
Throup John Winterburn
1
1
Weston William Rilston
1
1
Wilson Martin Hetton
Wilkinson Robert Hetton
Whitton Thomas Hetton
1
1

 


Who could Vote?
The Representation of the People Act 1832, commonly known as the Reform Act 1832 or the First Reform Act, increased the number of individuals entitled to vote, enlarging the size of electorate by 50–80%, and allowing a total of 653,000 adult males (around one in five) to vote, in a population of some 14 million. Even so, voting in the boroughs was restricted to men who occupied homes with an annual value of £10 and there were also property qualifications for people living in rural areas, the result being that only one in seven adult males had the vote at this time. The Act also specifically disenfranchised women, sparking the British suffrage movement.

See also our 1741 Poll Book, 1807 Poll Book, 1848 Poll Book, the Register of Electors registered to vote in 1834 and our information page about the Right to Vote 1430-1969.

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