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Lyme Regis (UK Parliament constituency)

Lyme Regis was a parliamentary borough in Dorset, which elected two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons from 1295 until 1832, and then one member from 1832 until 1868, when the borough was abolished.

Lyme Regis
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
1295–1868
Number of memberstwo (1295–1832); one (1832–1868)
Replaced byDorset

Contents

HistoryEdit

Members of ParliamentEdit

1295–1629Edit

  • Constituency created (1295)
Parliament First member Second member
1386 Walter Tropenell Robert Membury[1]
1388 (Feb) Walter Tropenell Robert Membury[1]
1388 (Sep) Walter Tropenell John Dorset[1]
1390 (Jan) Walter Tropenell John Dorset[1]
1390 (Nov)
1391 Walter Tropenell John Dorset[1]
1393 Robert Membury Roger Crogge[1]
1394 Robert Membury John Stikelane[1]
1395 John Dorset John Wade[1]
1397 (Jan) Thomas Bathe Hugh Sampford[1]
1397 (Sep) John Stikelane John Crone[1]
1399 Roger Crogge John Stikelane[1]
1401
1402 Roger Crogge Ralph Stikelane[1]
1404 (Jan)
1404 (Oct)
1406 Roger Crogge Ralph Stikelane[1]
1407 Peter Richman John Baker III[1]
1410 Thomas Haseley [1]
1411
1413 (Feb)
1413 (May) Thomas Walsingham Roger Crogge[1]
1414 (Apr) John Tynham Thomas Stikelane[1]
1414 (Nov) John Tynham Roger Crogge[1]
1415
1416 (Mar)
1416 (Oct)
1417 Thomas Est William Taverner[1]
1419 Thomas Stikelane [1]
1420 Edward Cukkford John Richman[1]
1421 (May) Thoms Lond Nicholas Radford[1]
1421 (Dec) Thomas Richman Richard Parker[1]
1491 John Burgh[2]
1510–1523 No names known
1529 John Pyne, died
and repl. after 1532 by
 ?John Tudoll
Thomas Burgh
1536 ?
1539 ?
1542 ?
1545 John Fry William Pole
1547 Sir Francis Fleming Henry Leke[3]
1553 (Mar) ?
1553 (Oct) Thomas Goodwin John Mallock
Parliament of 1554
Parliament of 1554–1555
Parliament of 1555 John Strowbridge Jasper Poyntz
Parliament of 1558 Jasper Poyntz[4] John Popham[n 1]
Parliament of 1559 Nicholas Throckmorton John Mallock
Parliament of 1563–1567 Francis Walsingham William Butler (or Boteler?)
Parliament of 1571 John Astley William Ellesdon
Parliament of 1572–1581 George Ellesdon
Parliament of 1584–1585 Edward Drew John Hassard
Parliament of 1586–1587 Thomas Hughes
Parliament of 1588–1589 Hamden Paulet Robert Hassard
Parliament of 1593 Zachariah Bethel
Parliament of 1597–1598 Richard Tichborne Christopher Ellesdon
Parliament of 1601 John FitzJames Nicholas Throckmorton, later Nicholas Carew
Parliament of 1604–1611 Sir George Somers died 1610
By-election Sir Francis Russell
John Hassard too ill to continue sitting 1610[n 2]
By-election George Jeffreys
Addled Parliament (1614) Sir Edward Seymour George Browne
Parliament of 1621–1622 John Poulett Robert Hassard
Happy Parliament (1624–1625) Sir John Drake William Wynn
Useless Parliament (1625) John Drake Thomas Paramour
Parliament of 1625–1626 Sir Walter Erle
Parliament of 1628–1629 Christopher Erle
No Parliament summoned 1629–1640

1640–1832Edit

Year 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
April 1640[n 3] Sir Walter Erle Parliamentarian Richard Rose Parliamentarian
November 1640 Edmund Prideaux Parliamentarian
December 1648 Rose not recorded as sitting after Pride's Purge
1653 Lyme Regis was unrepresented in the Barebones Parliament
1654 Sir Edmund Prideaux[n 4] Lyme Regis had only one seat in the First and
Second Parliaments of the Protectorate
1656
January 1659 Henry Henley
May 1659 One seat vacant
April 1660 Walter Yonge Thomas Moore (sat for Heytesbury)
June 1660 Henry Hyde, later Earl of Clarendon
1661 Sir John Shaw Henry Henley
1679 Sir George Strode
1679 Thomas Moore
1685 John Pole Sir Winston Churchill
1689 John Burridge
1690 Henry Henley
1695 Robert Henley
1701 Joseph Paice
1701 John Burridge
1702 Henry Henley
1705 Thomas Freke
1710 Henry Henley John Burridge, junior
1715 John Henley
1722 Henry Holt Henley
1727 Henry Drax
1728 Henry Holt Henley[n 5]
1734 John Scrope
1748 Robert Henley
1753 Thomas Fane, later Earl of Westmorland Tory
1754 Francis Fane Tory
1757 Henry Fane Tory
1762 Lord Burghersh, later Earl of Westmorland Tory
1772 Hon. Henry Fane Tory
1777 Francis Fane Tory
1780[n 6] David Robert Michel Tory
1784 Hon. Thomas Fane Tory
1802 Henry Fane Tory
1806 Lord Burghersh, later Earl of Westmorland Tory
1816 John Thomas Fane Tory
1818 Vere Fane Tory
1826 Hon. Henry Sutton Fane Tory
1832 Representation reduced to one member

1832–1868Edit

Election Member Party
1832 William Pinney Whig[5][6][7][8][9]
1842[n 7] Thomas Hussey Conservative
1847 Sir Thomas Abdy Whig[10][11]
1852 William Pinney Whig[5][6][7][8][9]
1859 Liberal
1865 John Wright Treeby Conservative
1868 Constituency abolished

Election resultsEdit

Elections in the 1840sEdit

General election 1841: Lyme Regis[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig William Pinney 123 52.8
Conservative Thomas Hussey 110 47.2
Majority 13 5.6
Turnout 233 84.1
Registered electors 277
Whig hold Swing

Pinney was unseated on petition on 31 May 1842, and Hussey was declared elected.

General election 1847: Lyme Regis[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig Thomas Abdy 146 50.5 −2.3
Conservative Fitzroy Kelly[13] 143 49.5 +2.3
Majority 3 1.0 −4.6
Turnout 289 88.7 +4.6
Registered electors 326
Whig hold Swing −2.3

Elections in the 1850sEdit

General election 1852: Lyme Regis[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig William Pinney 145 53.5 +3.0
Conservative Phipps Hornby[14] 126 46.5 −3.0
Majority 19 7.0 +6.0
Turnout 271 87.7 −1.0
Registered electors 309
Whig hold Swing +3.0
General election 1857: Lyme Regis[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig William Pinney 144 73.1 +19.6
Conservative Thomas Hesketh 53 26.9 −19.6
Majority 91 46.2 +39.2
Turnout 197 74.9 −12.8
Registered electors 263
Whig hold Swing +19.6
General election 1859: Lyme Regis[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Pinney 116 50.2 −22.9
Conservative John Wright Treeby 115 49.8 +22.9
Majority 1 0.4 −45.8
Turnout 231 87.5 +12.6
Registered electors 264
Liberal hold Swing −22.9

Elections in the 1860sEdit

General election 1865: Lyme Regis[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Wright Treeby 116 52.0 +2.2
Liberal John Clarke Hawkshaw[15] 107 48.0 −2.2
Majority 9 4.0 N/A
Turnout 223 89.2 +1.7
Registered electors 250
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +2.2

Notes and referencesEdit

Notes

  1. ^ This may be the future Speaker of the House of Commons, John Popham (1531–1607), but his entry in the Dictionary of National Biography judges this identification as "uncertain".
  2. ^ In 1607, Sir George Somers reported to the Commons that his colleague, Hassard, was too ill from gout to continue serving, and attempted to have him dismissed from his seat. However, the House resolved "That he shall still serve, and that he shall not be removed". But in 1610 Sir John Jeffreys offered a petition on behalf of the borough to allow Hassard to be replaced, and a committee on investigation found that the 69-year-old MP was bed-ridden and incurable, and a new writ was ordered to replace him. (Oldfield, Vol I, p 372).
  3. ^ Browne Willis gives three names for Lyme Regis in the Short Parliament, those of Erle, Rose and Prideaux. Other sources do not suggest that Prideaux sat in that Parliament (whereas Erle certainly did), and it is probably his name that is in error.
  4. ^ Prideaux took his seat in the restored Rump, but died 1659
  5. ^ Burridge was re-elected at the general election of 1727 but was subsequently judged to be ineligible since he was Mayor of the borough at the time of the election, and his defeated opponent Henley was declared elected in his place
  6. ^ In 1780 there was a double return: on petition, the election was declared void and a new election held with the same candidates: Fane and Michel were elected in preference to Henry Harford and Lionel Darell, junior.
  7. ^ Pinney was initially declared re-elected at the general election of 1841, but on petition his election was declared void and Hussey declared elected in his place after scrutiny of the votes

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w "History of Parliament". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  2. ^ Cavill, P. R. (13 August 2009). The English Parliaments of Henry VII. ISBN 9780191610264. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  3. ^ "LEKE, Henry (by 1526-58 or later), ?of London. | History of Parliament Online".
  4. ^ "Lyme Regis | History of Parliament Online".
  5. ^ a b "Election Talk". The Spectator. 13 December 1834. p. 6. Retrieved 19 May 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ a b "The General Election". Sherborne Mercury. 27 July 1852. p. 3. Retrieved 19 May 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. ^ a b "To the Editor of the Sherborne and Yeovil Mercury". Sherborne Mercury. 28 August 1847. p. 3. Retrieved 19 May 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  8. ^ a b Elvins, Brian. "Somerset County M.P.s 1832–1885—A Profile" (PDF). Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. p. 152. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  9. ^ a b "The Provinces". The Spectator. 3 April 1847. p. 6. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  10. ^ "The General Election". Western Times. 7 August 1847. pp. 6–7. Retrieved 19 May 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  11. ^ "Election Movements". Shipping and Mercantile Gazette. 31 July 1847. p. 3. Retrieved 19 May 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  12. ^ a b c d e f Craig, F. W. S., ed. (1977). British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (e-book)|format= requires |url= (help) (1st ed.). London: Macmillan Press. ISBN 978-1-349-02349-3.
  13. ^ "Lyme Regis and Sir Fitzroy Kelly". The Ipswich Journal. 28 August 1847. p. 3. Retrieved 24 November 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  14. ^ "Lyme Regis Election". Southern Times and Dorset County Herald. 10 July 1852. p. 4. Retrieved 19 May 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  15. ^ Dorset County Chronicle. 6 July 1865. p. 17 https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000408/18650706/057/0017. Retrieved 25 March 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive. Missing or empty |title= (help)