South Monmouthshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Southern Monmouthshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
1885 (1885)–1918 (1918)
Number of members one
Replaced by Bedwellty and Monmouth
Created from Monmouthshire

Southern Monmouthshire was a parliamentary constituency in Monmouthshire. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

History[edit]

The constituency was created by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 for the 1885 general election, which divided into three constituencies, the Monmouthshire constituency that had elected two members until 1885. The constituency was abolished for the 1918 general election, when most of its area became the Monmouth county constituency.

In 1852, the old constituency had elected members of two powerful families - the Morgans of Tredegar and the Somerset dukes of Beaufort. In 1885, the Morgan interest continued with the election of Colonel Hon. Frederick Courtenay Morgan as MP from 1885 until 1906 when he retired. His son, Courtney Morgan, afterwards Baron Tredegar attempted to succeed him, but was defeated by another local landowner Colonel Ivor Herbert of Llanarth, Monmouthshire. Herbert retained the constituency until 1917 when he departed to the House of Lords. The constituency was abolished a year later.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency (shown in pink) within Monmouthshire

The constituency consisted of:

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Col Hon. Frederick Courtenay Morgan Conservative
1906 Col Ivor Herbert, CB, later Sir Ivor Herbert, 1st Baronet, later Lord Treowen 1917 Liberal
1917 Sir Abraham Garrod Thomas Liberal
1918 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1906: South Monmouthshire [2]

Electorate 15,858

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Ivor John Caradoc Herbert 7,503 54.7
Conservative Courtenay Charles Evan Morgan 6,216 45.3
Majority 1,287 9.4
Turnout 86.5
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seventh Schedule of the Redistribution of Seats Act, 1885, (48 & 49 Vict. C.23)
  2. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)