Milborne Port (UK Parliament constituency)

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Milborne Port
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County Somerset
Major settlements Milborne Port
Number of members Two

Milborne Port is a former parliamentary borough located in Somerset. It elected two members to the unreformed House of Commons between 1298 and 1307 and again from 1628, but was disenfranchised in the Reform Act 1832 as a rotten borough.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Milborne Port re-franchised in 1628

Year 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1628 Philip Digby Sir Nathaniel Napier
No Parliament summoned 1629-1640

MPs 1640–1832[edit]

Year 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
April 1640 Edward Kyrton Royalist Thomas Erle
November 1640 Lord Digby [1] Royalist
1640 (?) John Digby Royalist
August 1642 Kyrton and Digby disabled from sitting – both seats vacant
1645 William Carent Thomas Grove
December 1648 Grove excluded in Pride's Purge – seat vacant
1653 Milborne Port was unrepresented in the Barebones Parliament
1654,1656 Milborne Port was unrepresented in the First and Second Protectorate Parliaments
January 1659 William Carent Robert Hunt
May 1659 Not represented in the restored Rump
April 1660 William Milborne Michael Malet
August 1660 Francis Wyndham
1677 John Hunt
February 1679 William Lacy
August 1679 Henry Bull
1689 Thomas Saunders
1690 Sir Thomas Travell Sir Charles Carteret
January 1701 Sir Richard Newman
December 1701 Henry Thynne
1702 John Hunt
1705 Thomas Medlycott [2]
1709 Thomas Smith
1710 James Medlycott
1715 John Cox
June 1717 Michael Harvey [3]
July 1717 [3] Charles Stanhope
1722 Michael Harvey George Speke
1727 Thomas Medlycott
1734 Thomas Medlycott, junior
1741 Jeffrey French
1742 by-election Michael Harvey
1748 by-election Thomas Medlycott, junior
1754 Edward Walter
1763 by-election Thomas Hutchings-Medlycott
1770 by-election Robert Knight, 1st Earl of Catherlough
April 1772 by-election [5] Richard Combe [6]
May 1772 [5] George Prescott
1774 Hon. Temple Luttrell Captain Charles Wolseley
1780 John Townson Thomas Hutchings-Medlycott
1781 by-election John Pennington[7]
1787 by-election William Popham
1790 William Coles Medlycott
1791 by-election Richard Johnson
1794 by-election Colonel Mark Wood
1796 Lord Paget Sir Robert Ainslie
1802 Hugh Leycester
1804 by-election Captain Charles Paget
1806 Lord Paget
January 1810 by-election Viscount Lewisham
December 1810 Hon. Sir Edward Paget Tory
1812 Robert Matthew Casberd Tory
1820 Hon. Berkeley Paget Tory Thomas North Graves Tory
1826 Arthur Chichester Whig
1827 by-election John Henry North Tory
1830 George Stevens Byng Whig William Sturges-Bourne Tory
4 March 1831 by-election Richard Lalor Sheil Whig
14 March 1831 by-election Captain George Stevens Byng Whig
July 1831 by-election Philip Cecil Crampton Whig
1832 Constituency abolished


  1. ^ Lord Digby was also elected for Dorset, which he chose to represent, and never sat for Milborne Port
  2. ^ Medlycott was re-elected at the general election of 1708, but had also been elected for Westminster, and did not sit for Milborne Port in that Parliament
  3. ^ a b At the by-election of 1717, Harvey was initially declared elected by 27 votes to 22, but after considering a petition alleging gross bribery the House of Commons overturned the result and declared his opponent, Stanhope, to have been elected instead
  4. ^ At the 1747 general election, there was a double return for Milborne Port: Jeffrey French, Michael Harvey, Charles Churchill and Thomas Medlycott, junior were all returned (see "No. 8660". The London Gazette. 21 July 1747. p. 2. ). The first two (i.e. French, Harvey) were seated (see Stooks Smith, page 535)
  5. ^ a b The result of the 1772 by-election was overturned on petition in May 1772, and Richard Combe was unseated in favour of George Prescott (Stooks Smith, p. 535)
  6. ^ At the by-election of 1772, Combe was initially declared elected but on petition the result was overturned and his opponent, Prescott, was seated
  7. ^ Created The Lord Muncaster (in the Peerage of Ireland), 1783


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