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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 14

Increase of the Peerage

Increase of the Peerage.

At the death of Queen Elizabeth, in 1603, there were only 56 Peers
James I. raised their number to 105 Peers
Charles I. raised their number to 135 Peers
Charles II. created fifteen Dukes alone, six of whom were his own bastards, and at his death, in 1685, the House of Lords numbered 176 Peers
At the decease of William III., in 1702 192 Peers
At the decease of Anne, in 1714 209 Peers
At the decease of George I., in 1727 216 Peers
At the decease of George II., in 1760 229 Peers
At the decease of George III., in 1820 339 Peers
At the decease of George IV., in 1830 396 Peers
At the decease of William IV., in 1837 456 Peers