Ludgershall (UK Parliament constituency)

Ludgershall was a parliamentary borough in Wiltshire, England, which elected two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons from 1295 until 1832, when the borough was abolished by the Great Reform Act.

Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Number of membersTwo

Ludgershall is a town 16 miles (26 km) north-east of Salisbury. The population was 535 in 1831.

Members of ParliamentEdit


Parliament First member Second member
1421 (Dec) John Denby William Bishop[1]
1422 John Seymour[2]
1432 William Ludlowe[3]
1433 William Ludlowe
1436 William Ludlowe John of Coombe
1437 William Ludlowe John of Coombe
1450–1451 John Erley Thomas Thorpe[4]
1453 William Ludlowe
1455 William Ludlowe
1491 Robert Lytton[5]
1510–1515 No names known[6]
1523 ?Henry Brydges ?Richard Brydges[6]
1529 Henry Brydges Richard Brydges[6]
1536 ?Henry Brydges ?Richard Brydges[6]
1539 ?
1542 ?
1545 John Knight Thomas Hawes[6]
1547 William Turner Ralph Cockerell[6]
1553 (Mar) Humphrey Cavell ?[6]
1553 (Oct) Richard Brydges Edmund Powell[6]
1554 (Apr) John Winchcombe Edmund Powell[6]
1554 (Nov) Sir John Price Arthur Allen[6]
1555 John Story John Winchcombe[6]
1558 Sir Richard Brydges Thomas Martin[6]
1559 William Wightman Henry Sharington[7]
1562/3 Griffin Curteys George Cope[7]
1571 Christopher Wray James Colbrand[7]
1572 James Colbrand Thomas Walkeden[7]
1584 John Kingsmill Francis Button[7]
1586 Ambrose Coppinger John Kingsmill[7]
1588 Carew Raleigh Henry Hyde[7]
1593 Edward Thornborough Chidiock Wardour[7]
1597 Edmund Ludlow Richard Leake[7]
1601 Robert Penruddocke James Kirton[7]
1604–1611 James Kirton Henry Ludlow
1614 Charles Danvers James Kirton
1621–1622 Alexander Chocke William Sotwell
1624 Edward Kyrton William Sotwell
1625 Robert Pye Sir Thomas Hinton
1626 Sir William Walter Sir Thomas Jaye/Sir Thomas Hinton
Unresolved double return
1628 John Selden Sir Thomas Lay
1629–1640 No Parliament convened


Year First member First party Second member Second party
November 1640 William Ashburnham[8] Royalist Sir John Evelyn Parliamentarian
1642 Walter Long[9] Parliamentarian
December 1648 Long and Evelyn excluded in Pride's Purge – both seats vacant
1653 Ludgershall was unrepresented in the Barebones Parliament and the First and Second Parliaments of the Protectorate
January 1659 James Davy Richard Sherwyn
May 1659 Ludgershall was not represented in the restored Rump
April 1660 William Prynne William Thomas
July 1660 Silius Titus
March 1661 William Ashburnham Geoffrey Palmer (died October 1661)
December 1661 Sir Richard Browne
1669 Thomas Grey
1673 George Legge
February 1679 Thomas Neale John Smith
August 1679 John Garrard
1681 Sir John Talbot
1685 Henry Clerke
1689 John Smith John Deane
1690 Thomas Neale
1695 Colonel John Richmond Webb Tory
1698 Walter Kent
1699 Colonel John Richmond Webb Tory
1701 Edmund Richmond Webb
1705 Thomas Powell Walter Kent
1706 Major-General John Richmond Webb[10] Tory
1708 Robert Bruce
1710 Major-General Thomas Pearce
1713 Robert Ferne
1714 John Ward
1715 General John Richmond Webb Tory John Ivory-Talbot
1722 Borlase Richmond Webb
1724 Anthony Cornish
1727 Charles Boone
1734 Peter Delmé Daniel Boone
1741 Charles Selwyn Thomas Hayward
1747 Thomas Farrington George Augustus Selwyn
1754 Sir John Bland Thomas Hayward
1755 Henry Digby[11]
1761 Thomas Whately John Paterson
1768 Lord Garlies Sir Peniston Lamb[12]
January 1774 Whitshed Keene
October 1774 Lord George Gordon
1780 George Augustus Selwyn
1784 Nathaniel William Wraxall
1790 Hon. William Assheton Harbord
1791 Samuel Smith
1793 Nathaniel Newnham Tory
1796 Earl of Dalkeith Tory Thomas Everett Tory
1804 Magens Dorrien-Magens Tory
1810 Joseph Hague Everett Tory
1811 The Lord Headley
1812 Joseph Hague Everett Tory
1812 Sandford Graham Whig Joseph Birch Whig
1815 Charles Nicholas Pallmer Whig
1817 The Earl of Carhampton Tory
1818 (Sir) Sandford Graham[13] Whig
1821 Earl of Brecknock Tory
1826 Edward Thomas Foley Tory George James Welbore Agar-Ellis Whig
1830 Sir Sandford Graham Whig
1832 Constituency abolished


  • Robert Beatson, A Chronological Register of Both Houses of Parliament (London: Longman, Hurst, Res & Orme, 1807)[14]
  • Cobbett's Parliamentary history of England, from the Norman Conquest in 1066 to the year 1803 (London: Thomas Hansard, 1808)[15]
  • J E Neale, The Elizabethan House of Commons (London: Jonathan Cape, 1949)
  • J Holladay Philbin, Parliamentary Representation 1832 – England and Wales (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1965)
  • Henry Stooks Smith, "The Parliaments of England from 1715 to 1847" (2nd edition, edited by FWS Craig – Chichester: Parliamentary Reference Publications, 1973)
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 4)

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "History of Parliament". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  2. ^ J. S. Roskell, The Commons in the Parliament of 1422 (Manchester University Press), p. 126 (see footnotes)
  3. ^ Dates for Ludlowe in Ludlow family website "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 December 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Thorpe, Thomas, speaker of the House of Commons". Oxford DNB. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
  5. ^ Cavill. The English Parliaments of Henry VII 1485-1504.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "History of Parliament". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "History of Parliament". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  8. ^ Expelled, December 1641
  9. ^ Long was disabled from sitting by an Order of the House on 27 January 1648, but re-instated on 8 June 1648
  10. ^ Webb was re-elected in 1713, but had also been elected for Newport (Isle of Wight), which he chose to represent, and did not sit for Ludgershall in this Parliament
  11. ^ Succeeded as The Lord Digby (in the Peerage of Ireland), 1757
  12. ^ Created The Lord Melbourne in June 1770, and The Viscount Melbourne in December 1781 (both titles being in the Peerage of Ireland)
  13. ^ Succeeded as baronet, April 1824
  14. ^ Beatson, Robert (1807). "A Chronological Register of Both Houses of the British Parliament, from the Union in 1708, to the Third Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, in 1807".
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 September 2015. Retrieved 14 June 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)