Weobley (UK Parliament constituency)

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Weobley
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
1628–1832
Number of members Two
Replaced by Herefordshire

Weobley was a parliamentary borough in Herefordshire, which elected two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons in 1295 and from 1628 until 1832, when the borough was abolished by the Great Reform Act.

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1628–1660[edit]

Parliament First Member Second Member
Weobley re-enfranchised in 1628
1628 William Walter William Tomkins
1629–1640 No Parliaments summoned
1640 (Apr) William Tomkins Thomas Tomkins
1640 (Nov) Arthur Jones Lord Ranelagh Thomas Tomkins
1645 Robert Andrews William Crowther
1653 Weobley not represented in Barebones parliament
1654,1656 Weobley not represented in 1st and 2nd Protectorate parliaments
1659 Herbert Perrott Robert Andrews

MPs 1660–1832[edit]

Election First member First party Second member Second party
1660, April 13 James Pytts Richard Weston
August 1660 Thomas Tomkyns Herbert Perrott
April 1661 John Barneby
1675 Sir Thomas Williams, Bt
1678 William Gregory
February 1679 John Birch
September 1679 John Booth
1685 Henry Cornewall Robert Price
1689 John Birch James Morgan
1690 Robert Price
1691 Thomas Foley
January 1701 Henry Cornewall John Birch
November 1701 Robert Price
1702 Henry Cornewall
1705 John Birch
May 1708 Henry Thynne [1]
December 1708 Henry Gorges
1710 Henry Cornewall
1713 Uvedale Tomkyns Price
February 1715 Paul Foley [2] Vice-Admiral Charles Cornewall
June 1715 John Birch [3]
1718 Nicholas Philpott
1727 Uvedale Tomkyns Price
1732 James Cornewall
1734 John Birch Sir John Buckworth, Bt
October 1735 Seat vacant pending resolution of disputed election [4]
1737 James Cornewall
1741 Lieutenant-Colonel The Lord Carpenter The Viscount Palmerston
July 1747 Mansel Powell [5] Captain Savage Mostyn [6]
December 1747 Viscount Perceval
1754 John Craster
1757 George Venables-Vernon Whig
1761 Marquess of Titchfield Whig Hon. Henry Thynne
1762 William Lynch
1768 Simon Luttrell [7]
1770 Bamber Gascoyne
1774 Sir William Lynch John St Leger Douglas
1780 Andrew Bayntun-Rolt
1783 (Sir) John Scott
1786 Hon. Thomas Thynne [8] Tory
1790 Lord George Thynne
May 1796 Lord John Thynne
December 1796 Inigo Freeman Thomas
1800 Sir Charles Talbot, Bt
1802 Robert Steele
1807 Lord Guernsey
January 1812 Lord Apsley Tory
October 1812 Viscount St Asaph William Bathurst
1813 James Lenox William Naper
1816 Lord Frederick Cavendish-Bentinck
1818 Viscount Weymouth
1820 Sir George Cockburn, Bt Tory
1824 Lord Henry Frederick Thynne Tory
1826 Lord William Thynne
1828 Lord Henry Frederick Thynne Tory
1831 Lord Edward Thynne

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Thynne was also elected for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis, which he chose to represent, and never sat for Weobley
  2. ^ On petition, Foley was declared not to have been duly elected.
  3. ^ Expelled from the House of Commons, 14 March 1732, "for a notorious Breach of Trust reposed in him, as a Commissioner and Trustee for the Sale of the Forfeited Estates, referring to the Derwentwater estates.
  4. ^ Cornewall petitioned against Birch's election (in a dispute over the franchise), but Birch died before the dispute was resolved; no by-election could be called until it was determined whether Birch had been duly elected. His election was eventually annulled, and Cornewall declared to have been elected.
  5. ^ On petition, Powell was declared not to have been duly elected
  6. ^ Later Rear-Admiral
  7. ^ Created The Lord Irnham (in the Peerage of Ireland), December 1768
  8. ^ Styled Viscount Weymouth from August 1788 (when his father was created Marquess of Bath). He was re-elected in 1790, but had also been elected for Bath, which he chose to represent, and did not sit again for Weobley

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