Southampton (UK Parliament constituency)

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Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Number of members two

Southampton was a parliamentary constituency which was represented in the British House of Commons. Centred on the town of Southampton, it returned two members of parliament (MPs) from 1295 until it was abolished for the 1950 general election.


Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1295–1660[edit]

Parliament First member Second member
1307 Sir William Russell of Yaverland[1]
1386 John Penkestone Roger Mascall[2]
1388 (February) William Maple John Scarlet[2]
1388 (September) Nicholas Sherwind John Bigard[2]
1390 (January) William Maple Thomas Appleby[2]
1390 (November)
1391 William Maple Thomas Appleby[2]
1393 William Maple Thomas Appleby[2]
1394 John Penkestone Thomas Appleby[2]
1395 Thomas Appleby Thomas Marlborough[2]
1397 (January) Thomas Appleby John Dering[2]
1397 (September) Walter Lange John Dering[2]
1399 Thomas Middleton Richard Bradway[2]
1402 Thomas Middleton Thomas Marlborough[2]
1404 (January)
1404 (October)
1406 Walter Lange John Penkestone[2]
1411 John Shipton Thomas Marlborough[2]
1413 (February)
1413 (May) Thomas Armorer William Soper[2]
1414 (April) Thomas Armorer Thomas Marlborough[2]
1414 (November) William Soper Thomas Marlborough[2]
1415 Thomas Marlborough Benedict Wichford[2]
1416 (March) Thomas Marlborough Benedict Wichford[2]
1416 (October)
1417 John Lucas William Chamberlain[2]
1419 William Soper William Chamberlain[2]
1420 William Soper William Chamberlain[2]
1421 (May) Richard Thornes Thomas Marlborough[2]
1421 (December) William Soper John Mascall[2]
1510–1515 No names known[3]
1523 Nicholas Dey  ?[3]
1529 Nicholas Dey John Mill[3]
1536 Nicholas Dey  ?[3]
1539 John Mill John Huttoft[3]
1542 John Huttoft  ?[3]
1545  ?
1547 Sir Robert Southwell Thomas Mill[3]
1553 (March) James Stonard  ?[3]
1553 (October) Sir Francis Fleming Thomas Mill[3]
1554 (April) Richard Butler James Brande[3]
1554 (November) James Brande James Stonard[3]
1555 James Brande Thomas Fassmyn[3]
1558 John Staveley James Brande[3]
1559 Thomas Beckingham Edward Wilmott[4]
1563 John Caplyn James Brande[4]
1571 Edward Horsey Sir John Croke[4]
1572 Sir Henry Wallop, posted to Ireland ,
replaced in 1581 by
Fulke Greville
Nicholas Caplyn[4]
1584 Thomas Digges Thomas Godard[4]
1586 John Penruddock William Thorley[4]
1588 Thomas Wilkes Richard Goddard[4]
1593 Sir Thomas Wilkes Thomas Heton[4]
1597 William Wallop Francis Bacon, sat for Ipswich,
repl. by
Sir Oliver Lambert[4]
1601 Thomas Fleming Thomas Lambert[4]
1604 Sir Thomas Fleming, made judge
and repl. in 1604 by
Sir Thomas Fleming
Sir John Jeffrys
1614 Sir Thomas Fleming Thomas Cheeke
1621–1622 Sir Thomas Fleming Henry Sherfield
1624 Sir John Mill, 1st Baronet Henry Sherfield, sat for Salisbury,
repl. by
John Bonde
1625 Sir John Mill, 1st Baronet George Gallop
1626 Sir John Mill, 1st Baronet George Gallop
1628 John Major George Gallop
1629–1640 No Parliaments summoned
1640 (April) Sir John Mill, 1st Baronet Thomas Levington
1640 (November) George Gallop Edward Exton
1653 Southampton not represented in Barebones Parliament
1654 John Lisle (one seat only)
1656 John Lisle (one seat only)
1659 Thomas Knollys Roger Gallop
1659 Edward Exton

MPs 1660–1832[edit]

Year 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1660 William Stanley Robert Richbell
1661 Sir Richard Ford (died 1678) William Legge (died 1670)
1670 Thomas Knollys
1678 Sir Benjamin Newland
1679 (February)
1679 (August) Sir Charles Wyndham
1689 Richard Brett
1689 Edward Fleming
1689 Sir Charles Wyndham
1698 John Smith
1699 Roger Mompesson
January 1701 Mitford Crow
November 1701 Adam de Cardonnel
1702 Frederick Tylney
1705 Viscount Woodstock
1708 Simeon Stuart
1710 Richard Fleming
1712 Roger Harris
1715 Thomas Lewis
1722 Thomas Missing
1727 Robert Eyre Anthony Henley
1729 by-election Sir William Heathcote
1734 John Conduitt
1737 by-election Thomas Lee Dummer
1741 Peter Delmé Edward Gibbon Senior
1747 Anthony Langley Swymmer
1754 Hans Stanley
1760 by-election Henry Dawkins
1768 The Viscount Palmerston
1774 John Fleming
January 1780 by-election John 'Mad Jack' Fuller
Sep 1780 Hans Sloane
1784 John Fleming James Amyatt
1790 Henry Martin
1795 by-election George Henry Rose
1806 Arthur Atherley
1807 Josias Jackson
1812 Arthur Atherley
March 1818 by-election William Chamberlayne
Jun 1818 Sir William Champion de Crespigny, Bt
1826 Abel Rous Dottin
Jan. 1830 by-election James Barlow-Hoy
1831 Arthur Atherley John Storey Penleaze

MPs 1832–1950[edit]

Election 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1832 James Barlow-Hoy[5] Conservative Arthur Atherley Liberal
1833[5] John Storey Penleaze Liberal
1835 James Barlow-Hoy Conservative Abel Rous Dottin Conservative
1837 Viscount Duncan Liberal
1841[6] Lord Bruce Conservative Charles Cecil Martyn Conservative
1842 by-election[6] Humphrey St John-Mildmay Conservative George William Hope Conservative
1847 Sir Alexander Cockburn Liberal Brodie McGhie Willcox Liberal
1857 by-election Thomas Matthias Weguelin Liberal
1859 William Digby Seymour
1862 by-election William Anderson Rose Conservative
1865 Russell Gurney Conservative George Moffatt Liberal
1868 Peter Merrick Hoare Conservative
1874 Sir Frederick Perkins Liberal
1878 by-election Alfred Giles Conservative
1880 Henry Lee Liberal Charles Parker Butt Liberal
1883 by-election Alfred Giles Conservative
1885 Sir John Edmund Commerell Conservative
1888 by-election Francis Henry Evans Liberal
1892 Tankerville Chamberlayne Conservative
1895 Sir John Simeon, Bt. Liberal Unionist
1896 by-election Sir Francis Henry Evans Liberal
1900 Tankerville Chamberlayne Conservative
1906 Sir Ivor Philipps Liberal William Dudley Ward Liberal
1922 Edwin King Perkins Conservative Lord Apsley Conservative
1929 Ralph Morley Labour Tommy Lewis Labour
1931 William Craven-Ellis Conservative Sir Charles Barrie Liberal
Feb 1940 by-election Sir John Reith National
Nov 1940 by-election Dr Russell Thomas National Liberal
1945 Ralph Morley Labour Tommy Lewis Labour
1950 constituency abolished: see Southampton Itchen and Southampton Test


Elections in the 1830s[7][edit]

Southampton by-election, 1830: Southampton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Barlow Hoy 437
Liberal John Storey Penleaze 175
Majority 262

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

Chamberlayne & Simeon
General Election August 1895: Southampton[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tankerville Chamberlayne 5,924
Liberal Unionist Sir John Stephen Barrington Simeon 5,390
Liberal Sir Francis Henry Evans 5,181
Liberal H.G. Wilson 4,178
Ind. Labour Party James Ramsay MacDonald 867
Conservative hold Swing
Liberal Unionist gain from Liberal Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

Ivor Philipps
Harry Quelch
General Election January 1906: Southampton[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Ivor Philipps 7,032 26.4 +2.5
Liberal William Dudley Ward 6,255 23.4 +3.5
Conservative Tankerville Chamberlayne 5,754
Conservative J Aird jun. 5,535
Social Democratic Federation Harry Quelch 2,146
Liberal gain from Liberal Unionist Swing
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

Dudley Ward
General Election January 1910: Southampton[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Ivor Philipps
Liberal William Dudley Ward
Conservative Kenneth Robert Balfour
Conservative C T Giles
Liberal hold Swing
Liberal hold Swing
General Election December 1910: Southampton[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Ivor Philipps 8,496 26.5
Liberal William Dudley Ward 8,449 26.4
Conservative Kenneth Robert Balfour 7,551 23.6
Conservative Sir George Elliot Armstrong 7,535 23.5
Majority 898 2.8
Turnout 80.0
Liberal hold Swing
Liberal hold Swing
Sir Ivor Philipps
General Election December 1918: Southampton[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal 26,884 36.4
Liberal 16,843 22.8
Conservative Col. Edwin King Perkins 15,548 21.0
Labour Tommy Lewis 7,828 10.6
Labour Frederick Perriman 6,776 9.2
Majority 1,295 1.8
Turnout 53.7
Liberal hold Swing
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Southampton (2 seats) [11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas Lewis 32,249 22.4
Labour Ralph Morley 31,252 21.7
Unionist Lord Thirlestane and Boltoun 27,898 19.4
Unionist Alec Stratford Cunningham-Reid 26,801 18.6
Liberal John Howard Whitehouse 12,966 9.0
Liberal Arthur Thomas Lamsley 12,836 8.9
Majority 3,354 2.3
Turnout 144,002
Labour gain from Unionist Swing

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Wiffen, J. H. Historical Memorials of the House of Russell, 1883, vol.1, pp.127–131
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x "History of Parliament". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "History of Parliament". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "History of Parliament". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  5. ^ a b 1832: a petition was lodged against the election of Barlow-Hoy, and his election was declared void. After scrutiny of the votes, Penleaze was declared elected in 1833
  6. ^ a b A petition was lodged against the result of the 1841 election, and the election of both members was declared void. A by-election was held on 9 August 1842
  7. ^ Cave, Edward (1843-01-01). Gentleman's Magazine, and Historical Chronicle. Edward Cave. p. 547. 
  8. ^ David Marquand, Ramsay MacDonald, (London: Richard Cohen Books), 1977, p. 38.
  9. ^ a b c British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  10. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1918-1949 (Craig)
  11. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig