Dorchester (UK Parliament constituency)
Dorchester was a parliamentary constituency centred on the town of Dorchester in Dorset. It returned two Members of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1295 to 1868, when its representation was reduced one member.
The constituency was abolished by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, after which Dorchester was placed in the new Dorset South constituency. In 1918 it was transferred to Dorset West, where it has remained since.
Members of Parliament
|1868||representation reduced to one member|
|1868||Charles Napier Sturt||Conservative|
|1874||William Ernest Brymer||Conservative|
- "Dorchester". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 2012-10-27.
- Ashley resigned his place in favour of Sir Thomas Edmondes but was rechosen when Edmondes chose to sit for another constituency
- Disabled from sitting January 1648 but re-instated June 1648
- On petition (in a dispute over the franchise), Browne was declared not to have been duly elected and his opponent, Janssen, was seated in his place
- On petition, Pleydell was declared not to have been duly elected and his opponent, Chapple, was seated in his place
- Damer was declared re-elected in 1790, but on petition was found not to have been duly elected and his opponent, Ashley, was seated in his place
- Sheridan was the grandson of his celebrated namesake Richard Brinsley Sheridan
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- J E Neale, The Elizabethan House of Commons (London: Jonathan Cape, 1949)
- M Stenton (ed), Who's Who of British Members of Parliament: Volume I 1832-1885 (The Harvester Press, 1976)
- Willis, Browne (1750). Notitia Parliamentaria, Part II: A Series or Lists of the Representatives in the several Parliaments held from the Reformation 1541, to the Restoration 1660 ... London. p. 1.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]