Monmouthshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°46′05″N 2°48′40″W / 51.768°N 2.811°W / 51.768; -2.811

Monmouthshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
1536–1885
Number of members Two
Replaced by North Monmouthshire, South Monmouthshire, West Monmouthshire

Monmouthshire was a county constituency of the House of Commons of Parliament of England from 1536 until 1707, of the Parliament of Great Britain from 1707 to 1801, and of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1801 to 1885. It elected two Members of Parliament (MPs).

In 1885 the Monmouthshire constituency was divided to create North Monmouthshire, South Monmouthshire and West Monmouthshire.

Boundaries[edit]

The Monmouthshire constituency covered the county of Monmouth, except that from 1832 there was a borough constituency, Monmouth Boroughs, within the county.

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1542–1885[edit]

Year First member Second member
1542 No names known
1545 Walter Herbert Charles Herbert [1]
1547 Sir Thomas Morgan William Herbert[1]
1553 (Mar)
1553 (Oct) Sir Charles Herbert Thomas Somerset [1]
1554 (Apr) Thomas Herbert James Gunter [1]
1554 (Nov) Thomas Somerset David Lewis [1]
1555 William Herbert William Morgan [1]
1558 Francis Somerset William Morgan [1]
1559 (Jan) William Morgan I Thomas Herbert [2]
1562–1563 Matthew Herbert George Herbert [2]
1571 Charles Somerset William Morgan [2]
1572 (May) Charles Somerset Henry Herbert[2]
1584 (Sep) Sir William Herbert Edward Morgan [2]
1586 (Sep) Sir William Herbert Edward Morgan [2]
1588 (Oct) Thomas Morgan II William John Proger [2]
1593 Sir William Herbert (died in office, 1593) Edward Kemeys [2]
1597 (Sep) Henry Herbert John Arnold [2]
1601 (Oct) Thomas Somerset Henry Morgan [2]
1604 Thomas Somerset Sir John Herbert
1614 Walter Montagu William Jones
1621 Sir Edmund Morgan Charles Williams
1624 Robert Viscount Lisle Sir William Morgan
1625 Robert Viscount Lisle Sir William Morgan
1626 Nicholas Arnold William Herbert
1628 Nicholas Arnold Nicholas Kemeys
1629–1640 No Parliaments convened
Apr 1640 William Morgan Walter Rumsey
Nov 1640 Sir Charles Williams
repl. 1642 by Henry Herbert
William Herbert, disabled 1644
1645 John Herbert Henry Herbert
1648 John Herbert Henry Herbert
1653 Philip Jones

MPs 1654–1660[edit]

Year First member Second member Third member
1654 Richard Cromwell, sat for Hampshire
repl. by
Thomas Morgan
Philip Jones sat for Glamorgan
repl. by
Thomas Hughes
Henry Herbert
1656 Major General James Berry, sat for Worcestershire
repl. by Nathaniel Waterhouse
John Nicholas Edward Herbert
1659 William Morgan John Nicholas

MPs 1660–1885[edit]

Year First member First party Second member Second party
1660 (CP) Henry Somerset, 1st Duke of Beaufort William Morgan
1661
1667 Sir Trevor Williams, Bt Whig
Feb 1679 Charles, Lord Herbert
Aug 1679 Sir Trevor Williams, Bt Whig
1680 Sir Edward Morgan, Bt
1681
1685 Charles, Marquess of Worcester Sir Charles Kemeys, Bt
1689 (CP) Sir Trevor Williams, Bt Whig
1690 Thomas Morgan
1695 Sir Charles Kemeys, Bt
1698 Sir John Williams, Bt
1700
1701 (Jan) John Morgan Whig
1705 Sir Hopton Williams, Bt
1708 Thomas Windsor
1710
1712 James Gunter
Apr 1713 Thomas Lewis
Sep 1713 Sir Charles Kemeys, Bt
1715 Thomas Lewis
1720 John Hanbury Whig
1722 William Morgan, the Elder Whig
1727
1731 Lord Charles Somerset
1734 Thomas Morgan, the Elder
1735 Charles Hanbury Williams
1741
1747 William Morgan, the Younger Whig Capel Hanbury
1754
1761
1763 Thomas Morgan, the Younger
1766 John Hanbury Whig
1768
1771 John Morgan
1774
1780
1784 Henry, Viscount Nevill
1785 James Rooke
1790
1792 Robert Salusbury
1796 Lt Col Sir Charles Morgan
1802
1805 Capt Lord Arthur Somerset
1806
1807
1812
1816 Lord Granville Somerset Conservative
1818
1820
1826
1830
1831 William Addams Williams Whig
1832
1835
1837
1841 Octavius Morgan Conservative
1847
1848 Edward Arthur Somerset Conservative
1852
1857
1859 Col Poulett Somerset Conservative
1865
1868
1871 Lord Henry Somerset Conservative
1874 Col Frederick Morgan Conservative
1880 John Rolls Conservative
1885 Constituency divided into North Monmouthshire, South Monmouthshire, and West Monmouthshire

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1860s[edit]

General Election 1865: Monmouthshire[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Octavius Morgan Unopposed
Conservative Poulett Somerset Unopposed
Registered electors 4,909
Conservative hold
Conservative hold
General Election 1868: Monmouthshire[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Octavius Morgan 3,761 39.1 N/A
Conservative Poulett Somerset 3,525 36.6 N/A
Liberal Henry Morgan-Clifford 2,338 24.3 N/A
Majority 1,187 12.3 N/A
Turnout 5,981 (est) 75.0 (est) N/A
Registered electors 7,971
Conservative hold
Conservative hold

Elections in the 1870s[edit]

Somerset resigned, causing a by-election.

By-election, 4 Mar 1871: Monmouthshire[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Henry Somerset Unopposed
Conservative hold
General Election 1874: Monmouthshire[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Courtenay Morgan Unopposed
Conservative Henry Somerset Unopposed
Registered electors 7,630
Conservative hold
Conservative hold

Somerset was appointed Comptroller of the Household, requiring a by-election.

By-election, 17 Mar 1874: Monmouthshire[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Henry Somerset Unopposed
Conservative hold

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1880: Monmouthshire[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Courtenay Morgan 3,529 27.6 N/A
Conservative John Rolls 3,294 25.8 N/A
Liberal George Charles Brodrick 3,019 23.6 N/A
Liberal Marshall Warmington 2,927 22.9 N/A
Majority 275 2.2 N/A
Turnout 6,385 (est) 75.0 (est) N/A
Registered electors 8,518
Conservative hold Swing N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "History pf Parliament". Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "History pf Parliament". Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Craig, F. W. S., ed. (1977). British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (e-book) (1st ed.). London: Macmillan Press. pp. 528–529. ISBN 978-1-349-02349-3. 
  4. ^ "The Liberal Candidates for Monmouthshire". South Wales Daily News. 22 August 1885. p. 3. Retrieved 21 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).