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Offline Isabel H

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What are "10 electors"?
« on: Saturday 03 April 21 15:16 BST (UK) »
According to a newspaper article, the Electoral Roll for Elgin 1835  "...gives the names of the 10 electors of the burgh who voted after the passing of the Reform Bill, in the election of a member to Parliament, on the 24th January, 1835".

What are 10 electors, please?
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LINDSAY - Lanarkshire
PURDIE - Lanarkshire; W. Lothian
POZZI - Elgin; Lancashire
MACKENZIE, MORISON - Isle of Lewis
ARCHIBALD, HAY, HUNTER, SNADDON - Clackmannanshire
COXON, HALL, JACKSON, SHOTTON - Northumberland

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Re: What are "10 electors"?
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 03 April 21 16:04 BST (UK) »
I'm guessing here but I wonder if it was wealthy people who paid so that they could 'vote' in elections.

If you look at the below article, read the bit about Pocket Boroughs

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotten_and_pocket_boroughs
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England: Devon, London, New Zealand
Holdway: Wiltshire
Hooper: Bristol, Somerset
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Southcott: Devon, China
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Re: What are "10 electors"?
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 03 April 21 16:06 BST (UK) »
People who had a property income of 10 per annum or more, and were therefore entitled to vote.
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Re: What are "10 electors"?
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 03 April 21 16:06 BST (UK) »
Something to do with the value of the land they own being worth 10, I believe. 

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Re: What are "10 electors"?
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 03 April 21 16:14 BST (UK) »
A change in the law, it was called Registration of Voters'  Bill in Ireland so I am assuming the same in Scotland ( clause 49) "declares that the right of voting shall vest in 10l. freeholders, having a beneficial interest to that amount in the produce of land, " 

In England, a person occupying premises rented at 100l. a-year would probably make from 200l. to 300l. out of them, after paying the rent; but he had no vote as a freeholder, for he had no interest in the land. If, therefore, the Clause was not altered so as to assimilate the right of voting as freeholders in Ireland to the right as it existed in England
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Re: What are "10 electors"?
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 03 April 21 16:46 BST (UK) »
They are householders who were qualified to vote by virtue of paying a yearly rental of 10 or more. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reform_Act_1832
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Re: What are "10 electors"?
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 03 April 21 17:20 BST (UK) »
Thank you all for your replies.
GRAY - Inveresk; Lanarkshire
LINDSAY - Lanarkshire
PURDIE - Lanarkshire; W. Lothian
POZZI - Elgin; Lancashire
MACKENZIE, MORISON - Isle of Lewis
ARCHIBALD, HAY, HUNTER, SNADDON - Clackmannanshire
COXON, HALL, JACKSON, SHOTTON - Northumberland