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300 years | The Accession of George I

300 years ago, Britain welcomed the arrival of the shy, German-born George I as King. To commemorate this event we've created searches in State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, 1714-1782, to show you the breadth of coverage on George I, and giving you a glimpse of life at the very beginning of what would become 116 years of The Hanoverians.


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Accession of George I

Search on Full Text: “George I” = 8,509 entries with manuscripts
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Arrival of George I as King

Search on Full Text: “George I” and ‘Hanover’ = 61 entries with manuscripts
Search on Full Text: “George I” and ‘Accession’ = 9 entries with manuscripts
Search on Full Text: “George I” and ‘Riot*’ = 87 entries with manuscripts


(November 12 1714) SP 35/74 f. 5

A detailed report on the riot at Taunton, providing the names of the rioters against the King and urging his majesty to prosecute them with ‘the utmost punishment the law can inflict’.



(May 1719) SP 35/16 f. 152

A list of instructions to the Lord Justices, hand selected by the King, detailing what action they may or may not take in his absence ‘beyond the seas’.



(May 13 1724) SP 35/49 f. 112


Requesting him to forward for the use of the board of Trade, copies of all treaties between Great Britain and other powers, entered into since his Majesty’s accession.





“James III”, the Pretender

Search on Full Text: “Pretender” and ‘Stuart’ = 72 entries with manuscripts
Search on Full Text: “Pretender” and “George I” = 167 entries with manuscripts

(undated) SP 54/9 f. 204 112


'Proclamation of James III, the only rightful and lawful king; found fixed on the market cross at Hexham.'





(June 21 1715) SP 41/5 f. 58


'The information of John Blackwell Constable of the Ward of Cheapside. Three [Jacobite] mobs from Cheapside, Whitechapel and Smithfield would assemble on the night of 29th June and proclaim the Pretender [James Edward Stuart] king’.




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