Ref NoDC-WYM/AD/11
TitleBurgess Rolls.
DescriptionUnder the Municipal Corporations Act of 1835 lists of burgesses for each borough had to be drawn up. Any male resident in a borough or within seven miles of one, and who had been paying poor rates for three years, was entitled to be called a burgess. Overseers of a parish within a borough had to draw up such a list every September and transmit it to the Town Clerk who would then arrange for the list to be printed. Anyone on the burgess list or roll could take part in electing town councillors. In effect the burgess list was a local electoral register. Two manuscript volumes survive for the borough of Weymouth and Melcombe Regis. There is no evidence that these were ever printed. The lists of names are arranged yearly and then alphabetically by surname. In addition there is a serial number for each entry, and the nature and location of the qualifying property. From 1847 the names are arranged under two wards: Weymouth Ward and Melcombe Regis Ward
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