Northumberland Election, 1826

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Ephemera relating to the Northumberland election of 1826, including journals, handouts, posters, press cuttings and song sheets.

Administrative / Biographical History

In the poll leading up to the General Election of 1826, the Northumberland candidates spent 15 days addressing the electors. There was no common ground between the candidates, and they were in fact bitterly opposed to one another. Lord Howick and Mr. Lambton (Whigs) were particularly hostile to Thomas Wentworth Beaumont, then an Independent Reformer, and the ill feeling came to a head on the 10th day. The end result was a duel taking place, early that morning, between Thomas Wentworth Beaumont and Mr. Lambton on the beach below Bamburgh Castle. Shots were exchanged but their seconds, Captain Plunkett for Mr. Beaumont and General Gray for Mr. Lambton, effected a withdrawal of their men without communication.

Arrangement

1 volume.

Conditions Governing Access

Open.

Acquisition Information

Bought in 1959.

Other Finding Aids

No further list required.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Conditions Governing Use

No copyright restrictions. No documents may be photocopied.

Related Material

The British Library of Political and Economic Science holds other material concerning elections in Northumberland and Durham (Ref: SR 1126 and 1144).