Radnorshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Radnorshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
1542–1918
Number of members one
Replaced by Brecon and Radnor

Radnorshire was created in 1542 as a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of England then of the Parliament of Great Britain from 1707 to 1800 and of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1801 to 1918. It elected one knight of the shire (MP) by the first past the post system.

In 1918, having too small a population to continue electing an MP in its own right, Radnorshire was combined with the neighbouring seat of Breconshire to form a new Brecon and Radnor Constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

1542-1604[edit]

Parliament Member
1542 John Baker, died 1544
and replaced by
John Price [1]
1545 John Knill [1]
1547 Richard Blick[1]
1553 (Mar)
1553 (Oct) Charles Vaughan[1]
1554 (Apr) John Bradshaw[1]
1554 (Nov) John Knill[1]
1555 Stephen Price[1]
1558 Ieuan Lewis[1]
1559 (Jan) Thomas Lewis[2]
1562–1563 Thomas Lewis [2]
1571 Walter Price [2]
1572-1581 Roger Vaughan [2]
1584-1585 Thomas Lewis [2]
1586 Thomas Lewis [2]
1588 (Oct) Ieuan Lewis [2]
1593 James Price [2]
1597-1598 James Price [2]
1601 (Oct) James Price [2]

1604-1918[edit]

Election Member Party
1604-1611 James Price
1614 James Price
1621-1622: James Price
1624 James Price
1625 James Price
1626 James Price
1628 Richard Jones
1629–1640 No Parliaments summoned
November 1640 Charles Price Royalist
October 1642 Price disabled to sit - seat vacant
1647 Arthur Annesley
December 1648 Annesley excluded in Pride's Purge - seat vacant
1653 Radnorshire was not separately represented in the Barebones Parliament
Representation increased to two members, 1654
1654 George Gwynne and Henry Williams
1656 George Gwynne and Henry Williams
Representation reverted to one member, 1659
January 1659 Henry Williams
May 1659 Not represented in the restored Rump
April 1660 George Gwynne
1661 Sir Richard Lloyd
1677 Richard Williams
1679 Rowland Gwynne
1685 Richard Williams
1689 Rowland Gwynne
1690 Richard Williams
1692 John Jeffreys
1698 Thomas Harley
1715 Richard Fowler
1722 Sir Humphrey Howorth
1755 Howell Gwynne
1761 Marquess of Carnarvon Whig
1768 Chase Price
1777 Thomas Johnes
1780 Thomas Johnes
1784 Thomas Johnes
1790 Thomas Johnes
1796 Walter Wilkins Whig
1828 Thomas Frankland Lewis Tory
1835 Walter Wilkins Whig
1840 Sir John Walsh Conservative
1868 Hon. Arthur Walsh Conservative
1880 Sir Richard Green-Price Liberal
1885 Hon. Arthur Walsh Conservative
1892 Frank Edwards [3] Liberal
1895 Powlett Milbank Conservative
1900 Frank Edwards Liberal
January 1910 Sir Charles Dillwyn-Venables-Llewellyn Conservative
December 1910 Sir Frank Edwards Liberal

Election results[edit]

Decades:

Elections in the 1860s[edit]

General Election 1865: Radnorshire [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Walsh Unopposed
Registered electors 1,597
Conservative hold

Walsh was elevated to the peerage, becoming 1st Baron Ormathwaite and causing a by-election.

By-election, 28 April 1868: Radnorshire [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Arthur Walsh Unopposed
Conservative hold
General Election 1868: Radnorshire [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Arthur Walsh Unopposed
Registered electors 2,216
Conservative hold

Elections in the 1870s[edit]

General Election 1874: Radnorshire [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Arthur Walsh 889 48.8 N/A
Liberal Richard Green-Price 832 45.7 N/A
Liberal George Augustus Haig[5] 100 5.5 N/A
Majority 57 3.1 N/A
Turnout 1,821 74.9 N/A
Registered electors 2,431
Conservative hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1880: Radnorshire [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Richard Green-Price 1,137 58.7 +13.0
Conservative Robert Mynors[6] 800 41.3 −7.5
Majority 337 17.4 N/A
Turnout 1,937 79.6 +4.7
Registered electors 2,434
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +10.3
General Election 1885: Radnorshire [7][8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Arthur Walsh 1,880 50.9 +9.6
Liberal Charles Coltman Rogers 1,813 49.1 −9.6
Majority 67 1.8 N/A
Turnout 3,693 81.4 +1.8
Registered electors 4,539
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +9.6
General Election 1886: Radnorshire [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Arthur Walsh 1,910 53.4 +2.5
Liberal Richard Green-Price 1,668 46.6 -2.5
Majority 242 6.8 +5.0
Turnout 3,578 78.8 −2.6
Registered electors 4,539
Conservative hold Swing +2.5

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

Bradney
General Election 1892: Radnorshire [8][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Francis Edwards 1,973 53.1 +6.5
Conservative Joseph Bradney 1,740 46.9 -6.5
Majority 233 6.2 N/A
Turnout 3,713 81.9 +3.1
Registered electors 4,535
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +6.5
General Election 1895: Radnorshire [8][11][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Powlett Milbank 1,949 51.0 +4.1
Liberal Francis Edwards 1,870 49.0 -4.1
Majority 79 2.0 N/A
Turnout 3,819 78.9 −3.0
Registered electors 4,838
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +4.1

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

Edwards
General Election 1900: Radnorshire [7][8][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Francis Edwards 2,082 52.1 +3.1
Conservative Charles Dillwyn-Venables-Llewellyn 1,916 47.9 -3.1
Majority 166 4.2 6.2
Turnout 3,998 76.6 −2.3
Registered electors 5,219
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +3.1
General Election 1906: Radnorshire [7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Francis Edwards 2,187 52.1 +0.0
Conservative Charles Dillwyn-Venables-Llewellyn 2,013 47.9 -0.0
Majority 174 4.2 0.0
Turnout 4,200 76.8 +0.2
Registered electors 5,466
Liberal hold Swing +0.0

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election January 1910: Radnorshire [7][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Charles Dillwyn-Venables-Llewellyn 2,222 50.2 +2.3
Liberal Francis Edwards 2,208 49.8 -2.3
Majority 14 0.4 4.6
Turnout 4,430 74.2 -2.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +2.3
General Election December 1910: Radnorshire [7][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Francis Edwards 2,224 50.5 +0.7
Conservative Charles Dillwyn-Venables-Llewellyn 2,182 49.5 -0.7
Majority 42 1.0 1.4
Turnout 4,406 73.8 -0.4
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +0.7

General Election 1914/15:

Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "History of Parliament". Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "History of Parliament". Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  3. ^ Created a baronet, 1907
  4. ^ a b c d e Craig, F. W. S., ed. (1977). British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (e-book) (1st ed.). London: Macmillan Press. ISBN 978-1-349-02349-3. 
  5. ^ "The Liberals of Radnorshire". South Wales Daily News. 6 May 1873. p. 2. Retrieved 18 January 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ "Radnor Elections". South Wales Daily News. 1 April 1880. p. 5. Retrieved 10 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ a b c d e British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  8. ^ a b c d e f The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  9. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1886
  10. ^ a b Craig, FWS, ed. (1974). British Parliamentary Election Results: 1885-1918. London: Macmillan Press. ISBN 9781349022984. 
  11. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1901
  12. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1901
  13. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916
  14. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916
  15. ^ The Times, 14 January 1914
  16. ^ ‘MERTHYR’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2015 ; online edn, Feb 2015 accessed 27 Aug 2016