Leicestershire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County Leicestershire
Number of members Two
Replaced by North Leicestershire and South Leicestershire

Leicestershire was a county constituency in Leicestershire, represented in the House of Commons. It elected two Members of Parliament (MPs), traditionally called Knights of the Shire, by the bloc vote system of election, to the Parliament of England until 1707, to the Parliament of Great Britain from 1707 until 1800, and then to Parliament of the United Kingdom until 1832.


The constituency was abolished by the Reform Act 1832 for the 1832 general election, when it was replaced by the Northern and Southern divisions, each of which elected two MPs.

Both divisions were abolished by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 for the 1885 general election, when they were replaced by four new single-seat constituencies: Bosworth, Harborough, Loughborough and Melton.

Members of Parliament[edit]


Parliament First member Second member
1295 Robert de Wyvill John Aungerville
1297 Sir Thomas de Meynill William Burdet
1315 Robert de Wyvill Ralph Sacheville
1316 Ralph Folville Richard Egbaston
1317 Ralph Folville Richard Egbaston
1319 Robert Folville John Olney
 ?1319 Henry Nottingham Robert de Gaddesby
1322 Hugh de Prestwold Richard Egbaston
1323 Robert de Gaddesby William Flamville
1324 Ralphe de Sacheville Nicholas Payne
1325 Sir Robert de Burdet Roger le Zouch
1326 Ralph Beler Roger Belane
1327 Sir Robert de Burdet William Moton
1362 Sir William Flamville John Talbot [1]
1365 Sir William Flamville Simon Pakeman [1]
1366 Sir William Flamville Simon Pakeman [1]
1368 John Talbot Simon Pakeman [1]
1369 John Talbot Thomas Oneby [1]
1371 Thomas Walsh Sir William Flamville [1]
1372 John Berkeley William de Burgh [1]
1373 John Talbot Robert Digby [1]
1376 Sir William Flamville Ralph Bellers [1]
1377 (Jan) Sir William Flamville Ralph Bellers [1]
1377 (Nov) Sir William Flamville John Bellers [1]
1378 Edmund Appleby Thomas de Erdington [1]
1379 Thomas Walsh Sir Roger Perwych [1]
1380 (Jan) John Burdet John Fauconer [1]
1380 (Nov) Thomas Walsh Laurence Hauberk [1]
1381 Thomas Walsh Sir William Flamville [1]
1382 (May) Thomas Walsh Sir William Flamville [1]
1382 (Oct) John Neville John Perwich [1]
1383 (Feb) Thomas Walsh John Fauconer [1]
1384 (May) Sir William Flamville Edmund de Appleby [1]
1384 (Nov) Thomas Walsh John Fauconer [1]
1385 John Calveley John Fauconer [1]
1386 Sir William Flamville Sir Thomas Walsh[2]
1388 (Feb) Sir William Flamville Sir Thomas Walsh[2]
1388 (Sep) Sir William Flamville Sir Roger Perwych(died October 1388)[2]
1390 (Jan) John Burdet Sir Thomas Walsh[2]
1390 (Nov) Robert Langham Sir Thomas Walsh[2]
1391 Sir William Flamville Sir Thomas Walsh[2]
1393 Sir Robert Harrington Sir Hugh Shirley[2]
1394 Sir Robert Harrington Sir Thomas Walsh[2]
1395 Nicholas Colman Sir Thomas Walsh[2]
1397 (Jan) Edmund Bugge Sir Thomas Walsh[2]
1397 (Sep) Sir John Calveley Sir Henry Neville[2]
1399 Thomas Mandeville Sir Thomas Maureward[2]
1401 Thomas Derby Sir John Neville[2]
1402 Sir John Berkeley Sir Henry Neville[2]
1404 (Jan) William Brokesby Edmund Bugge[2]
1404 (Oct) Sir John Berkeley Robert Veer[2]
1406 Sir John Neville Sir Henry Neville[2]
1407 John Blaket Robert Sherard[2]
1410 John Blaket Bartholemew Brokesby[2]
1411 Sir John Berkeley Sir Thomas Maureward[2]
1413 (Feb)
1413 (May) James Bellers William Belgrave[2]
1414 (Apr) Thomas Ashby John Blaket[2]
1414 (Nov) James Bellers Richard Hotoft[2]
1416 (Mar)
1416 (Oct)
1419 Thomas Ashby William Mallory[2]
1420 James Bellers Sir Ralph Shirley[2]
1421 (May) John Burgh Richard Hotoft[2]
1421 (Dec) Sir Laurence Berkeley Sir William Trussell[2]
1422 Robert Moton Bartholemew Brokesby [1]
1423 Thomas Foulehurst John Boyville [1]
1424 Bartholemew Brokesby Baldwin Bugge [1]
1425 John Boyville Baldwin Bugge [1]
1426 John Boyville Bartholemew Brokesby[1]
1428 Everard Digby Bartholemew Brokesby [1]
1430 Laurence Berkeley Thomas Foulehurst [1]
1433 Thomas Palmer John Burgh
1439 Richard Hotoft Thomas Palmer
1441 Thomas Palmer Richard Neel[1]
1446 Richard Hotoft Thomas Staunton[1]
1448 Thomas Everingham Thomas Palmer[1]
1450 Richard Hotoft William Feilding[1]
1451 John Beler Robert Staunton[1]
1453 Thomas Everingham John Boyville[1]
1455 Laurence Hastings Thomas Palmer[1]
1460 William Feilding John Whatton[1]
1467 Thomas Palmer Robert Staunton [1]
1472 William Trussell Robert Berkeley [1]
1477 William Trussell William Moton [1]
1510–1515 No names known[3]
1523 ?Sir Richard Sacheverell  ?[3]
1529 Sir Richard Sacheverell, died 1534 Sir William Skeffington, died 1535[3]
by 1536  ?William Asby[3]
1536  ?William Ashby  ?[3]
1539 Sir John Villers John Digby[3]
1542 Sir Richard Manners  ?Thomas Brokesby[3]
1545 Sir Ambrose Cave Robert Burdett[3]
1547 Edward Hastings Sir Ambrose Cave[3]
1553 (Mar) Edward Hastings Sir Ambrose Cave[3]
1553 (Oct) Robert Strelley Sir Thomas Hastings[3]
1554 (Apr) Sir Thomas Hastings Henry Poole[3]
1554 (Nov) Sir Thomas Hastings George Turpin[3]
1555 William Faunt William Skeffington[3]
1558 George Vincent George Sherard[3]
1559 (Jan) Adrian Stokes Francis Cave[4]
1562–1563 Nicholas Beaumont George Turpin[4]
1571 Francis Hastings Adrian Stokes[4]
1572 (Apr) (Sir) George Turpin Nicholas Beaumont[4]
1584 George Hastings, 4th Earl of Huntingdon Francis Hastings[4]
1586 George Hastings, 4th Earl of Huntingdon Francis Hastings[4]
1588 (Oct) Sir Henry Beaumont William Turpin[4]
1593 Francis Hastings Thomas Skeffington[4]
1597 Sir Edward Hastings Sir Francis Hastings[4]
1601 Henry Hastings William Skipwith[4]
1604 Sir George Villiers Thomas Beaumont
1606 Sir Henry Beaumont of Coleorton
1607 Sir Basil Brooke of Lubenham
1614 Sir Thomas Hastings Sir Thomas Hesilrige
1621–1622 Sir George Hastings Sir Henry Hastings[5]
1624 Sir Thomas Hesilrige Sir Henry Hastings
1625 Ferdinando Lord Hastings Sir Wolstan Dixie
1626 Sir Henry Hastings Francis Staresmore
1628–1629 Sir Edward Hartopp Ferdinando, Lord Hastings
1629–1640 No Parliament convened


Year 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
Apr 1640 Sir Arthur Hesilrige Hon. Lord Grey of Ruthyn
Nov 1640 Sir Arthur Hesilrige Henry Smith
Parliament 1st member 2nd member 3rd member 4th member
1653 Henry Danvers Edward Smith John Prat 3 seats only
1654 Thomas Beaumont Henry Grey, 1st Earl of Stamford Lord Grey of Groby Thomas Pochin
1656 Thomas Beaumont Francis Hacker (of Okeham) William Quarks Thomas Pochin
Year 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1659 Sir Thomas Beaumont, 1st Baronet Francis Hacker
1660 Thomas Merry Matthew Babington
1661 Lord Roos
election declared void Apr 1679
George Faunt
Feb 1679 The Lord Sherard
Apr 1679 Sir John Hartopp John Coke
Aug 1679 The Lord Sherard
Feb 1681
1685 John Verney
1689 Sir Thomas Halford
1690 Sir Thomas Hesilrige
1695 John Verney George Ashby
1698 John Wilkins
1701 Lord Roos The Lord Sherard
1702 John Verney John Wilkins
1707 George Ashby
1708 Sir Geoffrey Palmer Sir Gilbert Pickering
1710 The Marquess of Granby
1711 Sir Thomas Cave Tory
1713 Viscount Tamworth Tory
1714 Sir Geoffrey Palmer
1719 Lord William Manners
1722 Edmund Morris
1727 Sir Clobery Noel
Feb 1734 Ambrose Phillipps
May 1734 Edward Smith
1738 Lord Grey
1739 Lord Guernsey
1741 Sir Thomas Cave
1747 Wrightson Mundy
1754 Sir Thomas Palmer
1762 Sir Thomas Cave
1765 Sir John Palmer
1774 Thomas Noel
1775 John Peach-Hungerford
1780 William Pochin
1790 Sir Thomas Cave
1792 Penn Assheton Curzon
1797 George Anthony Legh-Keck
1798 Sir Edmund Cradock-Hartopp
1806 Lord Robert William Manners
1818 Charles March Phillipps
1820 George Anthony Legh-Keck
1831 Charles March-Phillipps Thomas Paget Whig
1832 Great Reform Act: constituency abolished

Election results[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an Curtis, John. A Topographical History of the County of Leicester. p. xxiv. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa "History of Parliament". Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "History of Parliament". Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "History of Parliament". Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Some sources give Thomas Beaumont. Beaumont was initially returned but Hastings declared elected instead