Emily Ireland and Cerian Griffiths, ‘Investigations in Fraud and Finance’, online, 28 October 2021

Emily Ireland (University of Liverpool): ‘Married Women, Equity, and the South Sea Crash: An examination of femes coverts’ management of stocks and shares, 1720-40’. Despite the infamy of the 1720 South Sea Bubble, relatively little is known about its impact on female investors. In particular, married women who held and managed South Sea Company stocks are notoriously difficult to find. This paper will examine evidence from the records of the court of Chancery, which hint at significant involvement of married women in the novel financial initiatives of the eighteenth century, and attempts to manage dwindling assets in the wake of the South Sea crash.

Cerian Griffiths (Northumbria University): ‘Fraud and the City of London: The role and influence of City Aldermen’. For hundreds of years, the City of London has been revered as the financial centre of Great Britain. However, the political institutions running the City are surprisingly little understood. The Lord Mayor and the Council of Aldermen have featured in social and economic historiographies, but their roles as actors in the criminal justice system is less known. This paper reveals the importance of the City’s Alderman and Lord Mayor in their capacity as magistrates. With a particular focus on the disposal of accusations of fraud, this paper explores the importance of the City’s approach to summary justice and the consequences on fraud laws, commerce, and the development of capitalism.

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First posted 2021-10-18 10:00:27

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