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Abercorn Estate: Petition to the Earl of Abercorn re William Maxwell, Candidate in Elections, 1768


Abercorn Estate: Petition to the Earl of Abercorn re William Maxwell, Candidate in Elections, March 2, 1768

Extracted from FHL Film #1736520
PRONI Ref. D623/A/38/28

Transcribed, Compiled and Submitted by
Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia
len_swindley[at]hotmail.com



[The gentry and merchants of Strabane proposing William Maxwell as a candidate in the forthcoming parliamentary elections]

 

Strabane, March 2, 1768

To the Honourable the Earl of Abercorn,

My Lord,

Encouraged by your Lordship’s late Disinterested choice of Burgesses of this Corporation which seems to point out in a very particular manner the Welfare of their Town and Country: We, whose names are hereunto subscribed, do with all due submission Humbly beg leave to recommend to your Lordship one of that worthy number WILLIAM MAXWELL, Esqr., as a person proper to represent us in the next Parliament.

He and his ancestors have always lived amongst us and ever supported that Honest Dignity and Decency of Character which must endear him to a trading people.

During his late Ministration as Provost of this Town we have found him of Easy access on all Occasions and very attentive to our grievances of all kinds by which our Linnen Market in particular has been much improved.

This gives us a certain Confidence of his Integrity and attention upon all future Occasions should your Lordship think him Worthy of that station where an Honest Heart alone can be Security of the People, and in particular of,

Your Lordship’s Most Obedient and Humble servants,

[signatories]

George BRACEGIRDLE

Oliver McCASLAND

Michl. LAW

Will: AUCHINLECK

Tom McGHE

Saml. JOHNSTON

George CHARLETON

John STEVENSON

Wm. AUCHINLECK Junr.

William HAMILTON

Saml. ROUSE

Rd. CHARLETON

Gilbth. HAMILTON

Jno. McCOLLAGH

Robt. MEASE

Geo. REA

Geo. KNOX

Wm. ORR

Geo. BUCHANAN

Joseph ORR

Saml. TAGERT

Benj. FENTON

Seth FULLERTON

Jos. BROWN

John DENNING

Rob. ECTOR

Chas. KINKEAD

Anthony GRIFFITH

Alexr. CRIGAN?

James FLEMING

John KNOX

James FLEMING

Will. PORTER

Archibald ALLEN

Archd. McALPINE

James ……..? (illeg)

Andrew GAMBLE

Andw. SOMERVELL

John ORR

John HILL

Jams. KNOX

Jos. ARBUCKLE

Daniel COOKE

James KNOX

Jas/ Jos HUGHSTON

William POLLOCK

Saml. DENNY

Wm. SMYLY

Saml. SCOTT

Allan CAMPBELL

John PARRY

Will. CAMPBELL

John WILLIAMS

  ohn POTTER

Henry BEARD

John COOPER

Jas. STERRAT

Arthur LEPPER

James McCREERY

John HOLLIDAY

John THOMPSON

George LYONS

John MACKEY

John ECTOR

John INCH

George GAMBLE

Robt. KERR

James GAMBLE

James DONILAY?

Patk. LYON

John PARKINSON

Jams. HUNTER

Robert ECTOR, Junior

John BUCHANAN

Jas. LEPPER

Jones COSBIE?

One illegible

 

Principall Cloath Merchants attending the Market of Strabane:

Wm. EDIE

Robt. SMYLY

Jams. PORTER

Robert NEILSON

Robt. BARCLAY

William McCREA

Joseph BARCLAY, Junr.

Natt. EDIE

Wm. SMYLY

Jams. ECTOR

Alexr. COCHRAN, Jnr.

Jno. BARCLAY




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