Great Marlow (UK Parliament constituency)
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|Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
|Number of members||two (1311-1868); one (1868-1885)|
Great Marlow, sometimes simply called Marlow, was a parliamentary borough in Buckinghamshire. It elected two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons between 1301 and 1307, and again from 1624 until 1868, and then one member from 1868 until 1885, when the borough was abolished.
In the 17th century a solicitor named William Hakewill, of Lincoln's Inn, rediscovered ancient writs confirming that Amersham, Great Marlow, and Wendover had all sent members to Parliament in the past, and succeeded in re-establishing their privileges (despite the opposition of James I), so that they resumed electing members from the Parliament of 1624. Hakewill himself was elected for Amersham in 1624.
Members of Parliament
|Year||First member||Second member|
|Constituency re-enfranchised by Parliament in 1624|
|1624||Henry Borlase||Thomas Cotton|
|1625||John Backhouse||Thomas Cotton|
|1626||John Backhouse||Sir William Hicks, 1st Baronet|
|1628||Sir John Backhouse||Miles Hobart|
|1868||Thomas Owen Wethered||Conservative|
|1880||Owen Lewis Cope Williams||Conservative|
- The election of Borlase and Hippesley to the Long Parliament were declared void
- Expelled from the House of Commons for "indirect and fraudulent Practices in the Affairs of the Charitable Corporation, and for having never attended the Service of the House, although required to do so"
- Created a baronet, 1775
- At the 1841 general election (Sir) William Clayton, who succeeded as baronet in January 1834, was initially declared re-elected by 1 vote in 1841, but on petition and after scrutiny his election was declared void and his opponent, Hampden, was declared elected instead
- Robert Beatson, A Chronological Register of Both Houses of Parliament (London: Longman, Hurst, Res & Orme, 1807) 
- F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (2nd edition, Aldershot: Parliamentary Research Services, 1989)
- J Holladay Philbin, Parliamentary Representation 1832 - England and Wales (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1965)
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "G" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]