Carolina Under the Lords Proprietors' Rule

8th House of Burgesses - 1682-1689

In late 1682, Seth Sothel, being finally released from captivity, arrived in Carolina to take charge of the government in Albermarle County. Having purchased the share of Henry Hyde, 2nd Earl of Clarendon, he was now one of the Lords Proprietors and the first to actually live in Carolina.

His administration as governor of Albemarle was marked by a series of infamous crimes. He has been described as "the dirtiest knave who ever held office in America" and that "during the six years that he misruled the people of North Carolina the dark shades of his character were not relieved by a single ray of virtue."

Finally, the colonists had enough of Sothel’s escapades. In 1689, the colonists imprisoned the governor. The General Assembly tried Governor Seth Sothel and found him guilty of numerous charges. The General Assembly banished Sothel from Albemarle County for one year and forbid him from holding public office. In December of 1689, the Lords Proprietors, upon hearing of the charges, suspended Sothel’s governorship. They sent Philip Ludwell as the next governor.

There are no extant records of the Executive Council nor the General Assembly during the tenure of Governor Seth Sothel in Albemarle County from 1682-1689.

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Chowan Precinct

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Currituck Precinct

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Pasquotank Precinct

John Nixon*

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Perquimans Precinct

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* John Nixon was elected Speaker of the House in 1689, according to various other colonial records. He was also a Deputy of Sir Peter Colleton, and had served on the Executive Council from 1677-1679.
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