Women, politics and the 1723 oaths of allegiance to George I

My article on the above is now available online on the Historical Journal website.

In other news, Dr Alex Craven is producing a transcription of the City of London returns which will be integrated into the London Metropolitan Archives’ catalogue, helping users research early eighteenth-century Londoners. In due course, we plan to hold a workshop showcasing the transcription and enriched catalogue, illustrated through an exploration of the biographies of a number of subscribers.

Article in Genealogists’ Magazine

The latest edition of the Genealogists’ Magazine (June 2014) includes an article by Sylvia Dibbs on the 1723 oaths of loyalty. It’s great that the oaths are being brought to the attention of family historians and I am pleased that the author has directed readers to the electronic finding list. The article also includes some interesting data drawn from the City of London returns. However, the link the author provides is for the History Working Papers draft version of the finding list. This is an older version of the list that was uploaded to enable those with information on the oath rolls to post comments. The most recent version of the finding list can be found and downloaded from this site (click on the ‘Finding List’ tab). This edition includes further information on the City and Exchequer rolls plus details of additional returns that have been identified for Kent and Westmoreland.

I am grateful to Jeremy Gibson for bringing Sylvia Dibbs’ article to my attention.

1723 oath rolls for Wareham

I’ve now had a chance to look at the 1723 oath roll for Wareham borough (Dorset Record Office, D RWR X25). The roll, consisting of six sheets of parchment, begins with the text of the three oaths to George I. It’s then followed by the Latin preamble recording the date and location of the special sessions of the peace at which the individuals listed on the roll subscribed. Most of the sessions were held at the Antelope Inn, Wareham and they range in date from 7th October 1723 to Christmas Day of that same year. There are a combination of signatures and marks, and the names of both men and women visible. A very quick tally suggests approx 399 signatories with c.102 of those women. Four of the six signatories at the last session appear to be members of the same family (surname Clarke). I will be looking at the return for Poole next week. Thanks to Jo Hearton at Dorset Record Office for scanned images of this roll.