Bristol (UK Parliament constituency)

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Bristol
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
1295–1885
Number of members two

Bristol was a two member constituency, used to elect members to the House of Commons in the Parliaments of England (to 1707), Great Britain (1707–1800) and the United Kingdom (from 1801). The constituency existed until Bristol was divided into single member constituencies in 1885.

Boundaries[edit]

The historic port city of Bristol, is located in what is now the South West Region of England. It straddles the border between the historic geographical counties of Gloucestershire and Somerset. It was usually accounted as a Gloucestershire borough in the later part of the 19th and the 20th centuries.

The parliamentary borough of Bristol was represented in Parliament from the 13th century, as one of the most important population centres in the Kingdom. Namier and Brooke comment that in 1754 the city was the second largest in the Kingdom and had the third largest electorate for an urban seat.

From the United Kingdom general election, 1885 the city was divided into four single member seats. These were Bristol East, Bristol North, Bristol South and Bristol West.

Members of Parliament[edit]

The use of Roman numerals in the list below denotes different politicians of the same name, not that the individuals concerned would have used the Roman numerals as part of their name.

Non Partisan denotes that the politician concerned is not known to have been associated with a party (not necessarily that he was not). It should be noted that whilst Whig and Tory societies in the city continued to nominate candidates in the last half of the 18th century, the electoral labels used in Bristol had very little to do with what the MPs did in national politics.

Year 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1295 John le Taverner[1]
1298 John le Taverner John de Cheddre[1]
1301 John de Malmesbury[1]
1305 Thomas Welishote John Hasard[1]
1306 John le Taverner Robert de Holhurst[1]
1307 (Jan) Geoffrey Comper Nicholas Coker[1]
1309 Stephen de Bello Monte Robert Martyn[1]
1311 (Aug) Richard Colpeck John Fraunceys[1]
1311 (Nov) John Haszard John le Lun[1]
1313 (Mar) John de Wellescoten John Methelan[1]
1313 (Sep) John Fraunceys John Tropyn[1]
1315 Robert Wyldemersh Thomas le Spicer[1]
1316 (Jan) Nicholas de Roubergwe John Veys[1]
1318 Gilbert Pickering Richard de Woodhall[1]
1319 Thomas de Salop Robert de Lyncoln[1]
1320 John le Hunte John Welishote[1]
1321 John de Romeneye William de Hanyngfeld[1]
1322 (May) William de Clyf John Fraunceys jnr (son of 1311)[1]
1322 (Nov) John le Taverner John Fraunceys jnr[1]
1324 (Jan) John de Axebridge John Fraunceys jnr[1]
1325 John de Axebridge John Fraunceys jnr[1]
1327 John de Axebridge John de Romeneye[1]
1328 (Feb) Richard de Panes Hugh le Hunte[1]
1328 (Apr) William de Trowbridge Hugh de Langebridge[1]
1330 (Mar) John Fraunceys Hugh le Hunte[1]
1330 (Nov) Hugh le Hunte Richard de Panes[1]
1332 (Mar) John de Romeneye John de Axebridge[1]
1332 (Sep) Hugh de Langebridge John de Axebridge[1]
1332 (Dec) Richard de Chelreye John Fraunceys snr[1]
1334 (Feb) John Otery John de Strete[1]
1334 (Sep) Robert Gyene or Gwyen[1]
1335 Hugh de Langebridge John de Strete[1]
1336 (Mar) Robert de Gyn or de Gyeyn John Franceys[1]
1336 (Sep) John Fraunceys jnr Thomas Tropin[1]
1336 (Dec) Hugh de Langebridge John le Spycer
William le Haukare[1]
1337 (Jan) Robert de Gyene John de Strete[1]
1338 (Jan) Everard le Fraunceys Philip de Torynton[1]
1338 (Jul) Everard le Fraunceys Philip de Torynton[1]
1339 (Jan) Everard le Fraunceys John de Strete[1]
1340 (Jan) Thomas Tropyn John le Spicer[1]
1341 Robert Guyene Philip de Toryton[1]
1344 Roger Turtle John de Horncastle[1]
1346 (Sep) John de Wycoumbe John Neel[1]
1348 (Jan) Everard Fraunceys or le Freynshe John de Strete[1]
1348 (Mar) Everard le Fraunceys Thomas de Lodelawe[1]
1351 John de Colyngton or Cobbington John Seymour[1]
1353 Thomas Babbecary William Coumbe[1]
1354 Richard le Spicer Reginald le French[1]
1358 Reginald French Richard Brompton[1]
1360 Thomas Babbecari Galfridus Beauflour (Geoffrey Beauflower)[1]
1361 Reginald le French William Yonge[1]
1362 Walter Frompton Edmund Blanket[1]
1363 John Serjaunt John Stoke[1]
1365 William Haye William Cannings[1]
1366 William Somerwell Thomas Denbaud[1]
1368 Richard Chaimburleyn Richard Sydenham[1]
1369 Robert Cheddre Edmund Blanket[1]
1371 (Jun) John Bathe[1]
1372 Walter Derby John Stoke[1]
1373 Walter Derby Thomas Beaupyne or Beaupenny[1]
1377 (Jan) Ehas Spelly Thomas Beaupyne or Beaupenny[1]
1378 Thomas Beaupyne Walter de Frompton[1]
1381 Elias Spelly John Stokes[1]
1382 (May) Thomas Beaupyne John Viell[1]
1382 (Oct) Walter Derby John Fullbroke[1]
1383 (Feb) William I Canynges(d.1396) John Candavere[1]
1383 (Oct) John Canynges(d.1405) William Frome[1]
1384 (Apr) William I Canynges(d.1396) William Somerwell[1]
1384 (Nov) Elias Spelly Walter Tedistill (Tyddeley?)[1]
1385 Elias Spelly Thomas Knapp[1]
1386 Elias Spelly William I Canynges (d.1396)[1]
1388 (Feb) Thomas Beaupyne Thomas Knapp[1]
1388 (Sep) Robert Gardiner John Fulbrook[1]
1390 (Jan) John Viell William Frome[1]
1391 William Frome John Stephens[1]
1393 Thomas Beaupyne John Stephens[1]
1397 (Jan) William Frome John Banbury[1]
1399 Thomas Norton Richard Pavys or Pannys[1]
1402 Thomas Norton John Droyes[1]
1406 Henry Bokerell Gilbert Joce[1]
1407 (Oct) John Droys, merchant John Newton, merchant[1]
1411 (Oct) Thomas Norton David Dudbroke[1]
1413 (Apr) Thomas Norton John Leycester[1]
1414 (Jan) Thomas Young John Spyne[1]
1414 (Oct) Thomas Blount, merchant John Clyve, merchant[1]
1416 (Feb) Robert Russell Robert Colville[1]
1417 (Oct) Thomas Norton John Burton[1]
1419 (Sep) Robert Russell Mark William[1]
1420 (Nov) Thomas Norton John Spyne[1]
1421 (Mar) Thomas Norton Henry Gildeney[1]
1421 (Nov) Mark William Richard Trenode[1]
1422 (Oct) John Burton Roger Lyveden or Lavindon[1]
1423 (Oct) John Burton Roger Leveden or Lavindon[1]
1425 (Mar) Richard Trenode Walter Power or Powell[1]
1426 (Feb) Henry Gildeney John Langley[1]
1427 (Sep) John Burton Henry Gildeney[1]
1429 (Sep) Richard Trenode John Sharp[1]
1430 (Dec) Thomas Fish Walter Power or Powell[1]
1432 (Apr) John Burton John Sharp[1]
1433 (Jun) Robert Russell Walter Power[1]
1435 (Sep) Thomas Fisshe Thomas Young(d.1476)[1]

[2]

1436 (Dec) Thomas Young(d.1476) Thomas Norton jnr[1]
1439 William II Canynges(d.1474)[3]
1442 (Jan) Thomas Young}(d.1476) John Sharp[1]
1447 (Jan) Thomas Young(d.1476) John Sharp, jnr (son of John Sharp 1429)[1]
1449 (Jan) Thomas Young(d.1476) John Sharp, jnr[1]
1449 (Nov) Thomas Young(d.1476) John Sharp, jnr[1]
1450 (Oct) Thomas Young(d.1476) William II Canynges(d.1474)[1]
1453 (Feb) John Shipward William Pa(vy?)[1]
1455 (Jul) Thomas Young(d.1476) William II Canynges(d.1474)[1]
1459 (Nov) John Shipward Philip Meede[1]
1460 (Sep) John Shipward Philip Meede[1]
1462 Thomas Meede[4]
1467 (Apr) William Spencer John Bagod[1]
1472 (Aug) John Twynhoe John Bagot[1]
1478 (Jan) John Hawkes Edmund Westcote[1]
1483 (Jan) Edmund Westcote William Wykam[1]
1484 (Jan) John Twynhoe Robert Strange[1]
1485 (Oct) John Esterfield Robert Strange (MP for Bristol)[1]
1487 (Oct) John Esterfield Henry Vaughan[1]
1490 (Jan) William Toker John Fisher[1]
1491 (Oct) John Syram™ (or Seymour?) John Pynke[1]
1495 (Oct) Henry Vaughan Philip Kingston[1]
1505 Henry Dale Thomas Snigg[1]
1510 )Jan) Richard Vaughan Henry Dale[1]
1512 (Jan) Thomas Smith Richard Hobby[1]
1523 (Apr) Robert Thorn Richard Hobby[1]
1529 Thomas Jubbes Richard Abingdon
1536 Nicholas Thorn Roger Coke
1539 Thomas White David Broke1
1541 David Broke Robert Elyot
1545 Robert Keilway John Drewes
1553 John Walshe David Harris
1554 Thomas Lansden
1555 William Chester
1558 William Tyndall Robert Butler
1559 John Walshe William Carr
1563 John Walshe, made judge,
repl. by
Thomas Chester
William Carr
1571 John Popham Philip Langley
1584 Thomas Hanham Richard Cole
1586 Thomas Aldworth
1588 William Saltern
1593 Richard Cole
1597 George Snigge
made Baron of the Court of Exchequer
and replaced 1605 by John Whitson
William Ellys
1601 John Hopkins Non Partisan
1604 Thomas James Non Partisan
1614 John Whitson Non Partisan Thomas James Non Partisan
1621 John Barker Non-Partisan John Guy Non Partisan
1624 John Barker Non Partisan John Guy Non Partisan
1625 Nicholas Hyde Non Partisan John Whitson Non Partisan
1626 John Whitson Non Partisan John Doughty Non Partisan
1628 John Doughty Non Partisan John Barker Non Partisan
1640 (Mar) John Glanville Non Partisan Humphrey Hooke Non Partisan
1640 (Oct) Humphrey Hooke Non Partisan Richard Longe Non Partisan
1642 John Glanville Non Partisan John Tailer Non Partisan
1646 Richard Aldworth Non Partisan Luke Hodges Non Partisan
1654 Richard Aldworth Non Partisan Miles Jackson Non Partisan
1656 Robert Aldworth Non Partisan John Dodderidge
Miles Jackson
Non Partisan
1659 Robert Aldworth Non Partisan Joseph Jackson Non Partisan
1660 John Stephens Non Partisan Sir John Knight Non Partisan
1661 The Earl of Ossory 2 Non Partisan
1666 Sir Humphrey Hooke 3 Non Partisan
1678 Sir Robert Cann Non Partisan
1681 Thomas Earle Non Partisan
1681 Sir Richard Hart Non Partisan
1685 Sir John Churchill 4 Non Partisan Sir Richard Crumpe Non Partisan
1685 Sir Richard Hart Non Partisan
1689 Sir John Knight II Non Partisan
1695 Sir Thomas Day Non Partisan Robert Yate Non Partisan
1701 Sir William Daines Non Partisan
1710 Edward Colston Tory Joseph Earle Non Partisan
1713 Thomas Edwards Non Partisan
1715 Sir William Daines Non Partisan
1722 Sir Abraham Elton, Bt I Non Partisan
1727 John Scrope Non Partisan Sir Abraham Elton, Bt II 6 Non Partisan
1734 Thomas Coster 5 Non Partisan
1739 Edward Southwell Non Partisan
1742 Robert Hoblyn Non Partisan
1754 Robert Craggs-Nugent
(later The Viscount Clare)
8
Whig Richard Beckford 7 Tory
1756 Jarrit Smith Tory
1768 Matthew Brickdale Tory
1774 Henry Cruger Whig Edmund Burke Whig
1780 Matthew Brickdale Tory Sir Henry Lippincott, Bt 9 Tory
1781 George Daubeny Tory
1784 Henry Cruger Whig
1790 Marquess of Worcester Tory The Lord Sheffield 10 Whig
1796 Charles Bragge
(later Charles Bragge Bathurst)
11
Tory
1802 Evan Baillie Whig
1812 Richard Hart Davis Tory
1812 Edward Protheroe I Whig
1820 Henry Bright Whig
1830 James Evan Baillie Whig
1831 Edward Protheroe II Whig
1832 Sir Richard Rawlinson Vyvyan, Bt Conservative Liberal
1835 Philip John Miles Conservative
1837 Philip William Skinner Miles Conservative Henry FitzHardinge Berkeley 13 Liberal
1852 Henry Gore-Langton Liberal
1865 Sir Samuel Morton Peto, Bt 12 Liberal
1868 John William Miles Conservative
1868 Samuel Morley Liberal
1870 Elisha Smith Robinson 14 Liberal
1870 Kirkman Daniel Hodgson 12 Liberal
1878 Lewis Fry Liberal
1885 constituency divided. See Bristol East, Bristol North, Bristol South and Bristol West.

Notes:-

  • 1 By 4 February 1536 David Broke had been elected vice Thomas Jubbes deceased. He was probably re-elected in the 1536 general election and certainly was at the 1539 and 1542 elections..
  • 2 A Peer of Ireland. He was created a Peer of England, as 1st Baron Butler, in 1666.
  • 3 Died 16 October 1677.
  • 4 Died 11 October 1685.
  • 5 Died 30 September 1739.
  • 6 Died 20 October 1742.
  • 7 Died 24 January 1756.
  • 8 Created a Peer of Ireland, as 1st Viscount Clare, in 1767.
  • 9 Died 30 December 1780.
  • 10 A Peer of Ireland, as 1st Baron Sheffield, created in 1781.
  • 11 Adopted a new surname of Bathurst, in 1804.
  • 12 Resigned.
  • 13 Died 10 March 1870.
  • 14 Election declared void on petition.

Elections[edit]

During the existence of this constituency, Bristol was a city with the status of being a county of itself. That meant that the city was not subject to the administration of the officials of the geographic counties in which it was situated. In electoral terms it meant that the voters for the parliamentary borough included those qualified on the same 40 shilling freeholder franchise as that for a county constituency. Other electors qualified as freemen of the borough. These were the ancient right franchises, applicable to Bristol, preserved by the Reform Act 1832, which also introduced a broader occupation franchise for all borough constituencies.

The bloc vote electoral system was used in two seat elections and first past the post for single member by-elections. Each voter had up to as many votes as there were seats to be filled. Votes had to be cast by a spoken declaration, in public, at the hustings (until the secret ballot was introduced in 1872).

Namier and Brooke, in The House of Commons 1754-1790, estimated the electorate of Bristol to number about 5,000. When registration of electors was introduced in 1832 the city had 10,315 names on the electoral register.

Note on percentage change calculations: Where there was only one candidate of a party in successive elections, for the same number of seats, change is calculated on the party percentage vote. Where there was more than one candidate, in one or both successive elections for the same number of seats, then change is calculated on the individual percentage vote.

Note on sources: The information for the election results given below is taken from Sedgwick 1715-1754, Namier and Brooke 1754-1790, Stooks Smith 1790-1832 and from Craig thereafter. Where Stooks Smith gives additional information or differs from the other sources this is indicated in a note after the result.


1710s1720s1730s1740s1750s1760s1770s1780s1790s1800s1810s1820s1830s1840s1850s1860s1870s1880s

Elections in the 1710s[edit]

General Election 9 February 1715: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig Sir William Daines 1,936 24.87 N/A
Whig Joseph Earle 1,879 24.14 N/A
Tory Philip Freke 1,991 25.58 N/A
Tory Thomas Edwards, junior 1,978 25.41 N/A
  • Note (1715): Although the Whig candidates received fewer votes than the Tory ones, the Returning Officer declared them elected and the House of Commons did not hear the petitions against the return; so Daines and Earle continued to sit throughout the Parliament.

Elections in the 1720s[edit]

General Election 28 March 1722: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig Joseph Earle 2,141 37.22 +13.08
Whig Sir Abraham Elton, Bt 1,869 32.49 N/A
Tory William Hart, senior 1,743 30.30 N/A
General Election 8 September 1727: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig John Scrope Unopposed N/A N/A
Whig Abraham Elton Unopposed N/A N/A
  • Note (1727): William Hart (Tory) was a candidate, but he did not go to a poll after Mr Elton paid him £1,000 to cover his election expenses.
  • Elton became the 2nd Baronet, upon the death of his father (the MP of the same name elected in 1722) in 1728.

Elections in the 1730s[edit]

General Election 24 May 1734: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig Sir Abraham Elton, Bt 2,428 38.15 N/A
Tory Thomas Coster 2,071 32.54 N/A
Whig John Scrope 1,866 29.32 N/A
  • Death of Coster
By-Election 12 December 1739: Bristol
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig Edward Southwell 2,651 54.61 N/A
Non Partisan Henry Combe 2,203 45.39 N/A
Majority 448 9.23 N/A
Whig gain from Tory Swing N/A
  • Note (1759): Southwell was an Opposition Whig

Elections in the 1740s[edit]

General Election 13 May 1741: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig Sir Abraham Elton, Bt Unopposed N/A N/A
Whig Edward Southwell Unopposed N/A N/A
  • Death of Elton
By-Election 24 November 1742: Bristol
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Tory Robert Hoblyn Unopposed N/A N/A
Tory gain from Whig Swing N/A
General Election 1 July 1747: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig Edward Southwell Unopposed N/A N/A
Tory Robert Hoblyn Unopposed N/A N/A

Elections in the 1750s[edit]

General Election 1 May 1754: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig Robert Craggs-Nugent 2,592 37.04 N/A
Tory Richard Beckford 2,245 32.09 N/A
Tory Sir John Philipps 2,160 30.87 N/A
  • Note (1754): Nugent 2,601; Philips 2,165. (Source: Stooks Smith)
  • Death of Beckford
By-Election 18 March 1756: Bristol
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Tory Jarrit Smith 2,418 50.75 N/A
Whig John Spencer 2,347 49.25 N/A
Majority 71 1.49 N/A
Tory hold Swing N/A
  • Seat vacated by appointment of Craggs-Nugent as a Vice Treasurer of Ireland
By-Election 26 December 1759: Bristol
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig Rt Hon. Robert Craggs-Nugent Unopposed N/A N/A
Whig hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1760s[edit]

General Election 27 March 1761: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig Rt Hon. Robert Craggs-Nugent Unopposed N/A N/A
Tory Jarrit Smith Unopposed N/A N/A
By-Election 16 December 1766: Bristol
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig Rt Hon. Robert Craggs-Nugent Unopposed N/A N/A
Whig hold Swing N/A
  • Creation of Craggs-Nugent as the 1st Viscount Clare, in the Peerage of Ireland, in 1767
General Election 16 March 1768: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig The Viscount Clare PC Unopposed N/A N/A
Tory Matthew Brickdale Unopposed N/A N/A
  • Seat vacated by appointment of Viscount Clare as a Vice Treasurer of Ireland
By-Election 27 June 1768: Bristol
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig The Viscount Clare PC Unopposed N/A N/A
Whig hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1770s[edit]

General Election 3 November 1774: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig Henry Cruger 3,565 39.56 N/A
Whig Edmund Burke 2,707 30.04 N/A
Tory Matthew Brickdale 2,456 27.26 N/A
Whig The Viscount Clare PC 283 3.14 N/A
  • Note (1774): 5,384 voted. Lord Clare resigned on the second day when Mr. Burke was first proposed. Mr. Burke was at the time in Malton, for which place he had been returned when the deputation arrived to invite him to Bristol, where he arrived on the sixth day's poll. (Source: Stooks Smith)

Elections in the 1780s[edit]

General Election 20 September 1780: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Tory Matthew Brickdale 2,771 37.62 +10.36
Tory Sir Henry Lippincott, Bt 2,518 34.18 N/A
Whig Henry Cruger 1,271 17.25 -22.31
Whig Samuel Peach 788 10.70 N/A
Whig Edmund Burke 18 0.24 -29.80
  • Note (1780): Lippincott 3,518; Burke 0. Mr. Rich. Combe, late member of Aldeburgh, was a Candidate, but died the day before the commencement of the poll. (Source: Stooks Smith)
  • Death of Lippincott
By-Election 26 February 1781: Bristol
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Tory George Daubeny 3,143 53.15 N/A
Whig Henry Cruger 2,771 46.85 N/A
Majority 372 6.29 N/A
Tory hold Swing N/A
General Election 10 May 1784: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Tory Matthew Brickdale 3,458 35.05 -2.57
Whig Henry Cruger 3,052 30.93 +13.68
Tory George Daubeny 2,984 30.24 N/A
Whig Samuel Peach 373 3.73 -6.97
  • Note (1784): 6,094 voted. (Source: Stooks Smith)

Elections in the 1790s[edit]

General Election 1790: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Tory Marquess of Worcester 544 49.54 N/A
Whig The Lord Sheffield 537 48.91 N/A
Non Partisan -. Lewis 12 1.09 N/A
Non Partisan William Cunningham 5 0.46 N/A
General Election 1796: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Tory Charles Bragge 364 44.83 -4.71
Whig The Lord Sheffield 340 41.87 -7.04
Whig Benjamin Hobhouse 108 13.30 N/A
  • Note (1796): Poll 1 day. (Source: Stooks Smith)

Elections in the 1800s[edit]

  • Members of the last Parliament of Great Britain, continued in office for the first Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1 January 1801
Co-option 1801: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Tory Charles Bragge Co-opted N/A N/A
Whig The Lord Sheffield Co-opted N/A N/A
By-Election November 1801: Bristol
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Tory Charles Bragge Unopposed N/A N/A
Tory hold Swing N/A
General Election 1802: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Tory Rt Hon. Charles Bragge Unopposed N/A N/A
Whig Evan Baillie Unopposed N/A N/A
  • Note (1802): Sir Frederick Eden was a candidate, but retired before the election. (Source: Stooks Smith)
  • Seat vacated on the appointment of Bragge as Secretary at War
By-Election August 1803: Bristol
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Tory Rt Hon. Charles Bragge Unopposed N/A N/A
Tory hold Swing N/A
  • Bragge changed his surname to Bathurst in 1804
General Election 1806: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Tory Rt Hon. Charles Bragge Bathurst Unopposed N/A N/A
Whig Evan Baillie Unopposed N/A N/A
General Election 1807: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Tory Rt Hon. Charles Bragge Bathurst Unopposed N/A N/A
Whig Evan Baillie Unopposed N/A N/A

Elections in the 1810s[edit]

By-Election July 1812: Bristol
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Tory Richard Hart Davis 1,907 89.03 N/A
Radical Henry Hunt 235 10.97 N/A
Radical William Cobbett 0 0.00 N/A
Majority 1,672 78.06 N/A
Tory hold Swing N/A
  • Note (1812 by-election): Poll 13 days; 2,142 electors voted. (Source: Stooks Smith)
General Election 1812: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Tory Richard Hart Davis 2,910 39.24 N/A
Whig Edward Protheroe I 2,435 32.84 N/A
Whig Sir Samuel Romilly 1,615 21.78 N/A
Radical Henry Hunt 455 6.14 N/A
  • Note (1812): Poll 10 days; 4,389 electors cast 7,415 votes. (Source: Stooks Smith)
General Election 1818: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Tory Richard Hart Davis 3,377 46.13 +6.89
Whig Edward Protheroe I 2,259 30.86 -1.98
Whig Hugh Duncan Baillie 1,684 23.01 +23.01
  • Note (1818): Poll 5 days; 4,121 electors cast 7,320 votes. (Source: Stooks Smith)

Elections in the 1820s[edit]

General Election 1820: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig Henry Bright 2,975 50.45 +50.45
Tory Richard Hart Davis 2,795 47.40 +1.27
Whig Hugh Duncan Baillie 127 2.15 -20.86
General Election 1826: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Tory Richard Hart Davis 3,887 48.14 +0.74
Whig Henry Bright 2,314 28.66 -21.79
Whig Edward Protheroe I 1,874 23.21 +23.21

Elections in the 1830s[edit]

General Election 1830: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Tory Richard Hart Davis 5,012 44.59 -3.55
Whig James Evan Baillie 3,378 30.05 +30.05
Whig Edward Protheroe II 2,842 25.28 +25.28
Radical James Acland 8 0.07 +0.07
  • Note (1830): Poll 4 days; 6,311 electors cast 11,240 votes. (Source: Stooks Smith)
General Election 1831: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig James Evan Baillie Unopposed N/A N/A
Whig Edward Protheroe II Unopposed N/A N/A
General Election 14 December 1832: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Richard Rawlinson Vyvyan, Bt 3,697 29.28 N/A
Liberal James Evan Baillie 3,159 25.02 N/A
Liberal Edward Protheroe II 3,030 24.00 N/A
Liberal John Williams 2,741 21.71 N/A
Turnout 12,627 64.29 N/A
Registered electors 10,315
  • Note (1832): Candidates classified as Tory (Vyvyan) and Whig (Baillie, Protheroe and Williams). 6,631 electors voted (used to calculate turnout). (Source: Stooks Smith)
General Election 9 January 1835: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Philip John Miles 3,709 32.68 +32.68
Conservative Sir Richard Rawlinson Vyvyan, Bt 3,313 29.19 -0.09
Liberal James Evan Baillie 2,518 22.19 -2.83
Liberal Rt Hon. Sir John Cam Hobhouse, Bt 1,808 15.93 +15.93
Turnout 11,348 56.99 -7.30
Registered electors 10,100
  • Note (1835): Candidates classified as Tory (Miles and Vyvyan) and Whig (Baillie and Hobhouse). 10,112 registered electors (difference from Craig +12); 5,879 electors voted (used to calculate turnout, with Craig's electorate figure). (Source: Stooks Smith)
General Election 22 July 1837: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Philip William Skinner Miles 3,839 37.61 +37.61
Liberal Henry FitzHardinge Berkeley 3,212 31.47 +31.47
Conservative William Fripp 3,156 30.92 +30.92
Turnout 10,207 63.80 +6.81
Registered electors 9,992
  • Note (1837): Candidates classified as Tory (Miles and Fripp) and Whig (Berkeley). 3,837 votes for Miles (difference from Craig -2); 6,375 electors voted (used to calculate turnout). (Source: Stooks Smith)

Elections in the 1840s[edit]

General Election 28 June 1841: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Philip William Skinner Miles 4,193 36.10 -1.51
Liberal Henry FitzHardinge Berkeley 3,739 32.19 +0.72
Conservative William Fripp 3,684 31.71 +0.79
Turnout 11,616 52.09 -11.71
Registered electors 11,150
  • Note (1841): Candidates classified as Tory (Miles and Fripp) and Whig (Berkeley). 11,112 registered electors (difference from Craig -38); number voted unspecified (division of votes by two used to calculate an estimated minimum turnout). (Source: Stooks Smith)
General Election 1847: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Henry FitzHardinge Berkeley 4,381 45.53 +13.34
Conservative Philip William Skinner Miles 2,595 26.97 -9.13
Conservative William Fripp 2,476 25.73 -5.98
Liberal Apsley Pellatt 171 1.78 +1.78
Turnout 9,623 62.66 +10.57
Registered electors 11,032
  • Note (1847): Candidates classified as Tory (Miles and Fripp), Whig (Berkeley) and Radical (Pellatt). 6,913 voted (used to calculate turnout). (Source: Stooks Smith)

Elections in the 1850s[edit]

General Election 10 July 1852: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Henry FitzHardinge Berkeley 4,681 36.45 -9.08
Liberal Henry Gore-Langton 4,531 35.28 +35.28
Conservative Foster Alleyne McGeachy 3,632 28.28 +28.28
Turnout 12,844 51.18 -11.48
Registered electors 12,548
  • Note (1852): From this election the number of electors who voted is unknown, so the number of votes cast is divided by two, and the resultant figure is used to calculate an estimated minimum turnout. To the extent that electors did not cast both their possible votes the turnout figure will be an underestimate.
General Election 27 March 1857: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Henry FitzHardinge Berkeley Unopposed N/A N/A
Liberal Henry Gore-Langton Unopposed N/A N/A
Registered electors 12,612
General Election 30 April 1859: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Henry FitzHardinge Berkeley 4,432 36.45 N/A
Liberal Henry Gore-Langton 4,285 35.28 N/A
Conservative F.W. Slade 4,205 28.28 N/A
Turnout 12,922 49.97 N/A
Registered electors 12,929

Elections in the 1860s[edit]

General Election 15 July 1865: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Henry FitzHardinge Berkeley 5,296 35.80 -0.65
Liberal Sir Samuel Morton Peto, Bt 5,228 35.34 +35.34
Conservative Thomas Francis Fremantle 4,269 28.86 +0.58
Turnout 14,793 65.44 +15.47
Registered electors 11,303
  • Resignation of Peto
By-Election 30 April 1868: Bristol
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John William Miles 5,173 50.97 N/A
Liberal Samuel Morley 4,977 49.03 N/A
Majority 196 1.93 N/A
Turnout 10,150 89.80 N/A
Registered electors 11,303
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing N/A
  • McCalmont reports that Miles was unseated on petition, but that no new writ was issued before the 1868 general election.
General Election 16 November 1868: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Henry FitzHardinge Berkeley 8,759 36.24 +0.44
Liberal Samuel Morley 8,714 36.06 +36.06
Conservative John William Miles 6,694 27.70 -1.16
Turnout 24,167 57.12 -8.32
Registered electors 21,153

Elections in the 1870s[edit]

  • Death of Berkeley
By-Election 29 March 1870: Bristol
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Elisha Smith Robinson 7,882 52.55 N/A
Conservative S.V. Hare 7,062 47.45 N/A
Majority 760 5.11 N/A
Turnout 14,884 70.36 N/A
Registered electors 21,153
Liberal hold Swing N/A
  • Election of Robinson declared void on petition
By-Election 27 June 1870: Bristol
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Kirkman Daniel Hodgson 7,816 51.92 -0.63
Conservative S.V. Hare 7,238 48.08 +0.63
Majority 578 3.84 -1.27
Turnout 15,054 71.17 +0.81
Registered electors 21,153
Liberal hold Swing +0.63
  • Swing from Liberal to Conservative
General Election 5 February 1874: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Kirkham Daniel Hodgson 8,888 26.30 +26.30
Liberal Samuel Morley 8,732 25.84 -10.22
Conservative S.V. Hare 8,552 25.30 +25.30
Conservative G.H. Chambers 7,626 22.56 +22.56
Turnout 33,798 73.90 +16.78
Registered electors 22,867
  • Resignation of Hodgson
By-Election 16 December 1878: Bristol
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Lewis Fry 9,342 54.51 N/A
Conservative Sir Ivor Bertie Guest, Bt 7,795 45.49 N/A
Majority 1,547 9.03 N/A
Turnout 17,137 68.96 N/A
Registered electors 24,851
Liberal hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election April 1880: Bristol (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Samuel Morley 10,704 31.24 +5.40
Liberal Lewis Fry 10,070 29.39 +29.39
Conservative Sir Ivor Bertie Guest, Bt 9,395 27.42 +27.42
Liberal Elisha Smith Robinson 4,100 11.96 +11.96
Turnout 34,269 73.76 -0.14
Registered electors 23,229
  • Constituency abolished - city split into four divisions (1885)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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