George Caswall

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Sir George Caswall was a British Member of Parliament who represented the Herefordshire seat of Leominster from 1717 to 1721, and from 1722 to 1741.[1]

George Caswall was one of seven members expelled from the House of Commons in 1721. Caswell's punishment was the result of his involvement (through the firm of Turner, Caswall & Co and the Hollow Sword Blade Company) in the South Sea Company scandal; his specific offence being the acquisition – free of charge – of £50,000 of stock in the company while its formation was before parliament.[2] In addition Turner, Caswall & Co was ordered to make a restitution of £250,000.[3]

Despite the scandal, Caswall was elected again for the seat of Leominster in 1722.[1]

In the aftermath of the scandal, Caswall was involved in protracted legal proceedings against Henry Bentinck, 1st Duke of Portland.[4]

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Edward Harley
Lord Coningsby
Member of Parliament for Leominster
1717–1721
With: Edward Harley
Succeeded by
Edward Harley
William Bateman
Preceded by
Edward Harley
William Bateman
Member of Parliament for Leominster
1722–1741
With: Sir Archer Croft 1722–1727
William Bateman 1727–1734
Robert Harley 1734–1741
Succeeded by
Robert Harley
John Caswall