Aldborough (UK Parliament constituency)
|Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
|County||West Riding of Yorkshire|
|Number of members||Two|
|Replaced by||West Riding of Yorkshire|
Aldborough was a "scot and lot" borough, meaning that any man paying the poor rate was eligible to vote. Nevertheless, it was a small borough (not even including the whole parish of Aldborough, since Boroughbridge, also within the boundaries, was also a borough with its own two MPs), and by the time of the Reform Act it had a population only just over 500 and an electorate of less than 100. This made it a pocket borough and easy for the local landowner to dominate.
In the 18th century, Aldborough was controlled by the Duke of Newcastle. In April 1754 Newcastle, who had just become Prime Minister, selected his junior colleague and future Prime Minister, William Pitt (Pitt the Elder), to sit as its MP. Pitt represented Aldborough for two-and-a-half years, but having fallen out with Newcastle and been dismissed from his ministry, he was forced to find a new constituency when he next needed to be re-elected to the Commons in 1756.
Members of Parliament
- Constituency created (1558)
|Parliament||First member||Second member|
|1558||John Gascoigne II||John Browne II|
|1559||Richard Onslow||Richard Assheton|
|1563||William Lambarde||Anthony Tailboyes |
|1571||Thomas Eynns||Barnaby Googe |
|1572||Richard Bunny II||Richard Tempest |
|1584||William Waad||David Waterhouse |
|1586||George Horsey||Ralph Hurleston |
|1588||Thomas Fairfax, 1st Lord Fairfax of Cameron||David Waterhouse |
|1593||Andrew Fisher||Edward Hancock |
|1597||Henry Bellasis||Richard Gargrave |
|1601||Sir Edward Cecil||Richard Theakston |
|1604–1611||Sir Henry Savile||Sir Edmund Sheffield|
|1614||Sir Henry Savile||George Wetherid|
|1621||Christopher Wandesford||John Carvile|
|1624||Christopher Wandesford||John Carvile|
|1625||Richard Aldborough||John Carvile|
|1626||Richard Aldborough||John Carvile|
|1628||Henry Darley||Robert Stapleton|
|1629–1640||No Parliaments summoned|
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- Aldborough "History of Parliament Online 1558 - 1603".
- Lambert was also elected for Pontefract, which he chose to represent. The vacancy was unfilled when the Parliament ended
- At the by-election in November 1673, the Returning Officer made a double return of Reresby and Robert Benson; the dispute was decided in Reresby's favour, and he took his seat, in April 1675.
- Sir John Reresby was declared re-elected at the general election in February 1679 but unseated on petition, Copley being elected in his place.
- Fairfax's election was voided by a resolution of the House of Commons (21 December 1696) for breaking the law in his spending on the election; the writ to hold a new election was not issued until December 1697
- A petition was raised against Dawnay's election that had not been resolved by the time the Parliament was dissolved. Dawnay had also been elected for Pontefract and, not being required to choose which constituency he would represent while there was an outstanding petition against one of the elections, sat for both boroughs throughout the Parliament
- Stanhope was also elected for Cockermouth, which he chose to represent, and never sat for Aldborough
- Pelham was also elected for Sussex, which he chose to represent, and never sat for Aldborough
- Sutton was also elected for Sandwich, which he chose to represent, and never sat for Aldborough
- Sir Richard Arden from 1788
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