1837 Anglesey by-election

The 1837 Anglesey by-election was a parliamentary by-election held for the House of Commons constituency of Anglesey in North Wales on 23 February 1837.

1837 Anglesey by-election

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The Anglesey seat in the House of Commons.
Elected by simple majority using first past the post.
Triggered by resignation of incumbent
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Candidate William Owen Stanley Owen John Augustus Fuller Meyrick
Party Whig Conservative
Popular vote 693 586
Percentage 54.2% 45.8%

MP before election

Richard Williams-Bulkeley

Subsequent MP

William Owen Stanley


The by-election was called following the resignation of the sitting member Richard Williams-Bulkeley.[1]


The Whigs nominated solicitor William Owen Stanley who was the son of John Stanley, 1st Baron Stanley of Alderley and the younger twin brother of Edward Stanley, 2nd Baron Stanley of Alderley.

The Conservatives nominated Owen John Augustus Fuller Meyrick.[1]


1837 Anglesey by-election[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig William Owen Stanley 693 54.2 N/A
Conservative Owen John Augustus Fuller Meyrick[3] 586 45.8 N/A
Majority 107 8.4 N/A
Turnout 1,279 88.2 N/A
Registered electors 1,450
Whig hold


  1. ^ a b c 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.
  2. ^ Stooks Smith, Henry (1845). The Parliaments of England, from 1st George I., to the Present Time. Vol II: Oxfordshire to Wales Inclusive. London: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co. pp. 175–176.
  3. ^ "State of the Poll". North Wales Chronicle. 28 February 1837. p. 3. Retrieved 5 May 2020 – via British Newspaper Archive.

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