The returns for Poole (ref. DC/PL/B/10/1/9-14) comprise five sheets of parchment, each one headed with the texts of the oaths in English followed by Latin preambles announcing the date and place of subscription (usually the Guildhall, Poole). The subscriptions start on 9th Sept 1723. The latest is possibly 24th December, though some of the preambles are very faded. The total number of signatures and marks on the roll is approx 354 of which 111 were identifiable as women (so just under a third). Besides one note identifying an individual as notary public there are no other descriptions by names. In a number of places, women’s subscriptions seemed to be bunched together so that on some lists they represent the majority signing.
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