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Barnstaple was a parliamentary constituency centred on the town of Barnstaplemarker in Devonmarker, in the South West of England. It returned two Members of Parliament to the House of Commonsmarker of the Parliament of the United Kingdommarker until 1885, when its representation was reduced to one member.

The constituency was created in 1295, and abolished for the 1950 general election.

Members of Parliament

1295-1832

Year First member First party Second member Second party
1386 John Bidewell Jocelin Antony
February 1388 Thomas Norris II William Long
September 1388 John Sampford Roger Rede
January 1390 Thomas Norris II Robert Crook
1391 John Aston Robert Cobbley
1393 Richard Colecote John Herberd
1394 Thomas Norris II John Bidewell
1395 Thomas Norris II John Bidewell
January 1397 Robert Napton Thomas Holman
1399 Thomas Hoper Walter Spencer
1402 Robert Napton John But
1406 Thomas Holman alias Pyers John Luttrell
1407 John Bakwell John Hunt II
1410 Alfred Wonston John Foxley
1411 Nicholas Broomford Alfred Wonston
May 1413 Thomas Haseley John Broomford
November 1414 John Pyne John Walwyn
1420 William Weldo Walter Prideaux
May 1421 John More II Richard Wood
December 1421 John Cokeworthy II Sir John Trebell
1427 Sir John Trebell
1660 John Rolle Nicholas Dennys
1661 Sir John Chichester
1667 Sir John Northcote
1677 John Basset
February 1679 Sir Hugh Acland
October 1679 Arthur Acland
1680 Richard Lee
1685 Sir Arthur Chichester
1689 Richard Lee
1690 Sir George Hutchins Arthur Champneys
1695 Sir Nicholas Hooper
1705 Samuel Rolle
1708 Richard Acland
1713 Sir Arthur Chichester
1715 John Rolle
1718 John Basset
1721 Sir Hugh Acland
1722 Lieutenant-General Thomas Whetham
1727 Richard Coffin Theophilus Fortescue
1734 Sir John Chichester
1740 John Basset
1741 John Harris Henry Rolle
1747 Thomas Benson
1748 Sir Bourchier Wrey
1754 John Harris Whig George Amyand Whig
1761 Denys Rolle
1766 John Clevland Whig
1774 William Devaynes
1780 Francis Basset
1784 William Devaynes
1796 Richard Wilson
1802 William Devaynes Captain Sir Edward Pellew
1804 Viscount Ebrington Whig
1806 William Taylor
1807 George Woodford Thellusson
January 1812 William Busk
October 1812 Sir Manasseh Masseh Lopes Sir Eyre Coote
1818 Francis Molyneux Ommanney
1820 Michael Nolan
1824 Frederick Hodgson
1826 Henry Alexander
1830 Stephens Lyne-Stephens George Tudor
1831 Frederick Hodgson John Chichester Whig
1832 Charles St John Fancourt Conservative
1837 Frederick Hodgson Conservative
1841 Montague Gore Conservative
1847 Richard Bremridge Conservative Hon. John Fortescue Whig
1852 Sir William Fraser Conservative
1854 John Laurie Conservative Richard Samuel Guinness Conservative
1855 George Stucley Buck Conservative
1857 John Laurie Conservative Sir William Fraser Conservative
1859 John Ferguson Davie Liberal George Potts Liberal
1863 Thomas Lloyd Liberal
1864 Richard Bremridge Conservative
1865 Sir George Stucley Stucley Conservative Thomas Cave Liberal
1868 Charles Henry Williams Conservative
1874 Samuel Danks Waddy Liberal
February 1880 Viscount Lymington Liberal
April 1880 Sir Robert Walter Carden Conservative
1885 Representation reduced to one member


1885-1950

Year Member Party
1885 George Pitt-Lewis Liberal
1886 Liberal Unionist
1892 Alfred Billson Liberal
1895 Sir Cameron Gull Liberal Unionist
1900 Ernest Joseph Soares Liberal
1911 Sir Godfrey Baring, Bt Liberal
1918 Tudor Rees Liberal
1922 Basil Edward Peto Conservative
1923 Tudor Rees Liberal
1924 Sir Basil Edward Peto Unionist
1935 Sir Richard Thomas Dyke Acland Liberal
1942 Common Wealth
1945 Christopher Henry Maxwell Peto Conservative
1950 constituency abolished


Notes

Election results

References

  • Robert Beatson, "A Chronological Register of Both Houses of Parliament" (London: Longman, Hurst, Res & Orme, 1807) [365117]
  • F W S Craig, "British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885" (2nd edition, Aldershot: Parliamentary Research Services, 1989)





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