Periods > George I (1714-27)

Great-grandson of James I, he came to throne because other claimants were excluded for being Catholic. He was the first monarch of the House of Hanover.

1714  Succeeds to the throne

Despite the claims of the James II's son, 'The Old Pretender', George, Elector of Hanover, succeeded Anne in a smooth transition in 1714.

Suggested resources

  1. Passages on the question of the Hanover Succession - 1702
  2. The fourth Parliament of Great Britain - The accession of George I (begins 1/8/1714)
  3. House of Lords Journal Volume 19 - 5 April 1714
  4. House of Lords Journal Volume 19 - 24 June 1714
  5. House of Lords Journal Volume 20 - 17 February 1716
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1715  Septennial Act

This Act changed the frequency of General Elections from three to seven years. It remained in force until it was amended in 1911.

Suggested resources

  1. Mr Hutcheson's speech against repealing the Triennial Act (1716)
  2. House of Lords Journal Volume 20 - 10 April 1716
  3. House of Lords Journal Volume 20 - 18 April 1716
  4. First Parliament of George I - First session (part 3 of 3) - from 19/4/1716
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1727  Handel's Naturalization

The famous composer lived in London for 40 years and applied to the House of Lords for naturalisation in 1727.

Suggested resources

  1. The Chapel Royal - Composers
  2. House of Lords Journal Volume 23 - February 1727, 11-20
  3. House of Lords Journal Volume 23 - February 1727, 11-20
  4. The Foundling Hospital
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