Cardiganshire County Council election, 1901

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The fifth elections for Cardiganshire County Council took place in March 1901.[1] They were preceded by the 1898 election and followed by the 1904 election

Overview of the Results[edit]

The Liberals once again won by a large majority but there were signs that elections were becoming less political, with candidates of similar political persuasions opposing each other and some candidates not openly declaring any political affiliation. Neither the Cambrian News or the Aberystwyth Observer indicated party affiliation although the Brython Cymreig did so in relation to the contested elections only.[2] The Welsh Gazette commented that while the contests at Aberystwyth were on political lines, many of those in the rural areas were between candidates whose political views were often indistinguishable.[3] In many ways this reflected the changes in the politics of the county, now represented at Westminster by the former Conservative, Matthew Vaughan Davies.

Contested Elections[edit]

The vast majority of councillors were elected unopposed.[4] Only ten of the 48 wards were contested at the election.

Retiring Aldermen[edit]

Eight aldermen retired, all of whom were Liberals. Of these only Morgan Evans in Llanarth and James Stephens in Cardigan South sought election.[4] Neither was re-elected an alderman. Of those who stood down, J.H. Davies, Enoch Davies and Daniel Jones retired from county politics but C.M. Williams, T.H.R. Hughes and J.T. Morgan were later re-elected aldermen (the latter for the second time) without facing the electorate. This was the first occasion upon which those aldermen later re-elected had not faced the electorate.

The New Council[edit]

Cardiganshire County Council 1901 : elected members
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Liberal 38 3 3 0
  Conservative 6 0 3 -3
  Liberal Unionist 3 3 0 +3
  Ind. Conservative 1 0 0 0
Cardiganshire County Council 1901 : elected members and sitting aldermen
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Liberal
  Conservative
  Liberal Unionist
  Independent
Cardiganshire County Council 1901 : following election of new aldermen and by-elections
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Liberal
  Conservative
  Liberal Unionist
  Independent

Results[edit]

Aberaeron[edit]

Aberaeron 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal E. Lima Jones 145
Liberal Rev Gwilym Evans 109
Majority 36
Liberal hold Swing

Aberbanc[edit]

Aberbanc 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal David Lloyd* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Aberporth[edit]

Aberporth 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Thomas Watkins unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Aberystwyth Division 1[edit]

Aberystwyth Division 1 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist R.J. Jones 182
Liberal Robert Doughton* 108
Majority 74
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing

Aberystwyth Division 2[edit]

Aberystwyth Division 2 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal D.C. Roberts* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Aberystwyth Division 3[edit]

Aberystwyth Division 3 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Robert Ellis 172
Conservative T.E. Salmon 150
Majority 22
Liberal hold Swing

Aberystwyth Division 4[edit]

Aberystwyth Division 4 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal E.H. James 164
Conservative John Morgan 127
Majority 37
Liberal hold Swing

Aeron[edit]

Aeron 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Thomas Jenkins 128
Liberal John Jones 117
Majority 11
Unionist win (new seat)

Borth[edit]

Borth 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative J.M. Williams unopposed
Conservative hold Swing

Bow Street[edit]

Bow Street 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Ind. Conservative Henry Bonsall unopposed
Ind. Conservative hold Swing

Cardigan North[edit]

Cardigan North 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal O. Beynon Evans* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Cardigan South[edit]

Cardigan South 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal James Stephens unopposed
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

Cilcennin[edit]

Jenkin Lewis was described as a Liberal candidate in one newspaper but this may not have been correct.[2]

Cilcennin
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Dr Jenkin Lewis 145
Unionist Jenkin Morgan Jones 78
Majority 67
Liberal hold Swing

Cwmrheidol[edit]

Cwmrheidol 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Evans* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Devil's Bridge[edit]

Devil's Bridge 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Rev Gwmryn Jones* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Felinfach[edit]

Llanfihangel Ystrad 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Dr Evan Evans
Liberal hold Swing

Goginan[edit]

Goginan 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal J.R. James* unopposed
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

Lampeter Borough[edit]

Lampeter Borough 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Charles Harford* unopposed
Conservative hold Swing

Llanarth[edit]

Llanarth 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Morgan Evans* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Llanbadarn Fawr[edit]

Llanbadarn Fawr
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative J.J. Bonsall unopposed
Conservative hold Swing

Llanddewi Brefi[edit]

Llanddewi Brefi 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal David Davies* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Llandygwydd[edit]

Llandygwydd 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Col. J.R. Howell* unopposed
Conservative hold Swing

Llandysul North[edit]

Llandysul North 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal David Evans* 147
Liberal hold Swing

Llandysul South[edit]

Llandysul South 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Rev T. Pennant Phillips unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Llansysiliogogo[edit]

Llansysiliogogo 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Thomas Thomas unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Llanfair Clydogau[edit]

Llanfair Clydogau 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist William Rees 134
Liberal J.J. Davies* 117
Majority 17
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing

Llanfarian[edit]

Llanfarian 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Vaughan Davies unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Llanfihangel y Creuddyn[edit]

Llanfihangel y Creuddyn 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal David Morgans 151
Conservative David Morgans 69
Liberal hold Swing

Llangoedmor[edit]

Llangoedmor 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal D. Samuel Jones unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Llangeitho[edit]

Llangeitho 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Thomas Davies unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Llangrannog[edit]

Llangrannog 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Thomas Evans* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Llanilar[edit]

Llanilar 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Benjamin Jones* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Llanrhystyd[edit]

Llanrhystyd 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Morgan 156
Liberal John Ellis 73
Conservative hold Swing

Llanllwchaiarn[edit]

Llanllwchaiarn 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Rev William Griffiths* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Llansantffraed[edit]

Llansantffraed 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Evan Morgan 137
Liberal L. Davies 53
Majority 18
Conservative hold Swing

Llanwnen[edit]

Llanwnen 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Davies unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Llanwenog[edit]

Llanwenog 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal James Jones unopposed
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

Lledrod[edit]

Lledrod 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal David Jenkins* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Nantcwnlle[edit]

Nantcwnlle
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Daniel Jenkins unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

New Quay[edit]

New Quay 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Evan James Davies unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Penbryn[edit]

Penbryn 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal David Jones unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Strata Florida[edit]

Strata Florida 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Edward Evans unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Taliesin[edit]

Taliesin 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal David Williams unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Talybont[edit]

Talybont 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Edward Jones* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Trefeurig[edit]

Trefeurig
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal J. Hugh Edwards unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Tregaron[edit]

Tregaron 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal D.J. Williams unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Troedyraur[edit]

Troedyraur 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Thomas Morris unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Ysbyty Ystwyth[edit]

Ysbyty Ystwyth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Thomas Morgan unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Election of Aldermen[edit]

Once again a number of aldermen who had not faced the electorate were elected.[5] C.M. Williams and J.T. Morgan were elected aldermen for a third term (although the latter had not faced the electorate since 1889) and T.H.R. Hughes and James James for a second term. James James had been elected, from outside the Council,to an aldermanic vacancy in 1895 and so had never faced an election. David Lloyd, previously an alderman from 1889 until 1892 was elected for a second term. The other four aldermen were new appointments, including one Conservative, Colonel J.R. Howell.

  • C. M. Williams, Liberal (retiring alderman, from outside Council - did not seek election)
  • T. H. R. Hughes, Liberal (retiring alderman, from outside Council - did not seek election)
  • D.J. Wiliams, Liberal (elected councillor at Tregaron)
  • Col. J.R. Howell, Conservative (elected councillor at Llandygwydd)
  • Dr David Lloyd, Liberal (elected councillor at Aberbanc)
  • Rev William Griffiths, Liberal (elected councillor at Llanllwchaiarn)
  • James James, Liberal (retiring alderman, from outside Council - did not seek election)
  • J.T. Morgan, Liberal (retiring alderman, from outside Council - did not seek election)

By-Elections[edit]

Three of the subsequent by-elections were contested.[6]

Aberbanc by-election[edit]

Evan Davies, who had previously represented the ward from 1889 until 1895, was elected unopposed following David Lloyd's election as alderman.

Aberbanc by-election 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Evan Davies unopposed
Liberal hold Swing


Llandygwydd by-election[edit]

Llandygwydd by-election 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Augustus Brigstocke 150
Conservative Capt. Webley Parry Pryse 149
Majority 1
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing


Llanllwchaiarn by-election[edit]

Llanllwchaiarn by-election 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Morgan 89
Liberal Joshua Lewis 75
Majority 14
Liberal hold Swing

Tregaron by-election[edit]

Tregaron by-election 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Dr Evan Lloyd 210
Conservative R.S. Rowland 104
Majority 106
Liberal hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cardiganshire County Council Election". Cambrian News. 8 March 1901. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Etholiad Cyngor Sirol Ceredigion". Brython Cymreig. 8 March 1901. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  3. ^ "County Council Elections (editorial)". Welsh Gazette. 28 February 1901. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Cardigan County Council Election". Cambrian News. 1 March 1901. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Cardiganshire County Council". Cambrian News. 22 March 1901. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Cardigan County Council Elections". Cambrian News. 12 April 1901. Retrieved 30 September 2014.