THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
CONSTITUENCIES BEGINNING WITH "M"
 
              Last updated 05/05/2014
Date   Name Born Died  Age
Dates in italics in the first column denote that the election held on that
date was a by-election. Dates shown in normal type were general elections,
or, in some instances, the date of a successful petition against a 
previous election result.
Dates in italics in the "Born" column indicate that the MP was baptised on
that date; dates in italics in the "Died" column indicate that the MP was
buried on that date
  MAYO
       1801 Denis Browne  (to 1818) 1763 14 Aug 1828 65
George Jackson        1761        1805 44
22 Jul 1802 Henry Augustus Dillon-Lee,later [1813] 13th 
Viscount Dillon [I] 28 Oct 1777 24 Jul 1832 54
 5 Mar 1814 Dominick Browne,later [1836] 1st Baron
Oranmore [I]  (to 1826) 28 May 1787 30 Jan 1860 72
 4 Jul 1818 James Browne  (to 1831) 15 Jun 1793 23 Dec 1854 61
24 Jun 1826 George Charles Lucan,styled Baron Bingham,
later [1839] 3rd Earl of Lucan 16 Apr 1800 10 Nov 1888 88
14 Aug 1830 Dominick Browne,later [1836] 1st Baron
Oranmore [I]  (to 1836) 28 May 1787 30 Jan 1860 72
19 May 1831 John Denis Browne c 1799 21 May 1862
24 Jan 1835 Sir William Brabazon,2nd baronet  (to 1840) 24 Oct 1840
 6 May 1836 Robert Dillon Browne  (to 1850) c 1812 1 Jul 1850
16 Dec 1840 Mark Blake 27 Jun 1886
 2 Mar 1846 Joseph Myles McDonnell
14 Aug 1847 George Henry Moore  (to Jul 1857)        1811 19 Apr 1870 58
[following the general election in Apr 1857,
his election was declared void 14 Jul 1857.
The writ was suspended until Dec 1857]
29 Jul 1850 George Gore Ousley Higgins        1818  8 May 1874 55
10 Apr 1857 Roger William Henry Palmer,later [1869] 
5th baronet  (to 1865) 22 May 1832 30 May 1910 78
30 Dec 1857 Lord John Thomas Browne,later [1896] 4th
Marquess of Sligo  (to 1868) 10 Sep 1824 30 Dec 1903 79
19 Jul 1865 George Bingham,styled Baron Bingham,later
[1888] 4th Earl of Lucan  (to Feb 1874)  8 May 1830  5 Jun 1914 84
23 Nov 1868 George Henry Moore        1811 19 Apr 1870 58
12 May 1870 George Ekins Browne         1837
 7 Feb 1874 Thomas Tighe 1829 15 Jun 1914 84
[Following the general election in Feb 1874,
the election of the two sitting members 
(Browne and Tighe) was declared void
7 May 1874]
 1 Jun 1874 George Ekins Browne         1837
John O'Connor Power  (to 1885)        1846 21 Feb 1919 72
15 Apr 1880 Charles Stewart Parnell   [he was also 27 Jun 1846  6 Oct 1891 45
returned for both Meath and Cork. He
chose to sit for Cork]
26 May 1880 Isaac Nelson 9 Mar 1888
 SPLIT INTO 4 DIVISIONS 1885 
SEE BELOW
  MAYO EAST
27 Nov 1885 John Dillon 4 Sep 1851  4 Aug 1927 75
14 Dec 1918 Edward George [Eamonn] de Valera 14 Oct 1882 29 Aug 1975 92
 CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 1922 
  MAYO NORTH
26 Nov 1885 Daniel Crilly 14 Dec 1857    Dec 1923 66
12 Oct 1900 Conor O'Kelly        1873
28 Jan 1910 Daniel Boyle 10 Jan 1859 19 Aug 1925 66
14 Dec 1918 John Crowley 17 Feb 1934
 CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 1922 
  MAYO SOUTH
 8 Dec 1885 James Francis Xavier O'Brien 16 Oct 1828 28 May 1905 76
for further information on this MP,see the
note at the foot of this page
20 Jul 1895 Michael Davitt 25 Mar 1846 31 May 1906 60
26 Feb 1900 John O'Donnell 1866 1920 54
   Dec 1910 John Fitzgibbon  1 Jun 1849  8 Sep 1919 70
14 Dec 1918 William Sears        1868 23 Mar 1929 60
 CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 1922 
  MAYO WEST
 1 Dec 1885 John Deasy        1856 24 Feb 1896 39
For further information on this MP,see the 
note at the foot of this page
 8 Aug 1893 Robert Ambrose        1855 13 Jun 1940 84
19 Jan 1910 William Doris 13 Apr 1860 13 Sep 1926 66
14 Dec 1918 Joseph Michael McBride        1860 7 Mar 1938 77
 CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 1922 
  MEATH
       1801 Hamilton Gorges        1739 14 Jun 1802 62
Sir Marcus Somerville,4th baronet      c 1772 11 Jul 1831
(to Aug 1831)
23 Jul 1802 Thomas Cherburgh Bligh 1761 17 Sep 1830 69
26 Oct 1812 Thomas Taylour,styled Earl of Bective,later
[1829] 2nd Marquess of Headfort  4 May 1787  6 Dec 1870 83
22 Feb 1830 Arthur James Plunkett,styled Baron Killeen,
later [1836] 9th Earl of Fingall  (to 1832) 29 Mar 1791 22 Apr 1869 78
11 Aug 1831 Henry Grattan  (to 1852) c 1787 16 Jul 1859  
19 Dec 1832 Morgan O'Connell 31 Oct 1804 20 Jan 1885 80
 4 Feb 1840 Matthew Elias Corbally        1797 25 Nov 1870 73
 9 Jul 1841 Daniel O'Connell   [he was also returned for 6 Aug 1775 15 May 1847 71
co.Cork,for which he chose to sit]
10 Jun 1842 Matthew Elias Corbally  (to 1871)        1797 25 Nov 1870 73
26 Jul 1852 Frederick Lucas 30 Mar 1812 22 Oct 1855 43
17 Dec 1855 Edward McEvoy  (to 1874)        1826 10 Feb 1899 72
17 Jan 1871 John Martin  (to 1875) 8 Sep 1812 29 Mar 1875 62
 9 Feb 1874 Nicholas Ennis  (to Apr 1880) 27 May 1881
21 Apr 1875 Charles Stewart Parnell  (to May 1880) 27 Jun 1846  6 Oct 1891 45
[At the 1880 general election he was also 
returned for both Mayo and Cork. He chose to 
sit for Cork]
14 Apr 1880 Robert Henry Metge  (to 1883)        1850 by 1920
22 May 1880 Alexander Martin Sullivan 1830 17 Oct 1884 54
24 Feb 1882 Michael Davitt   [as a convicted felon, he 25 Mar 1846 31 May 1906 60
was held to be incapable of sitting
28 Feb 1882]
17 Apr 1882 Edward Sheil  (to 1885)        1851  3 Jul 1915 64
23 Feb 1884 William Meagher
COUNTY SPLIT INTO NORTH & 
SOUTH DIVISIONS 1885
  MEATH NORTH
27 Nov 1885 Kevin Izod O'Doherty  7 Sep 1823 15 Jul 1905 81
For further information on this MP,see the
nite at the foot of this page
 7 Jul 1886 Pierce Charles de Lacy Mahony 9 Jun 1850 31 Oct 1930 80
   Jul 1892 Michael Davitt   [his election was declared 25 Mar 1846 31 May 1906 59
void 23 Dec 1892]
21 Feb 1893 James Gibney        1847 25 May 1908 60
11 Oct 1900 Patrick White        1860
14 Dec 1918 William James (Liam) Mellowes 25 May 1895  8 Dec 1922 27
For further information on this MP,see the
nite at the foot of this page
 CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 1922 
  MEATH SOUTH
26 Nov 1885 Edward Sheil         1851  3 Jul 1915 64
   Jul 1892 Patrick Fullam   [he was unseated on        1847
petition 30 Nov 1892]
18 Feb 1893 Jeremiah Jordan        1830 21 Dec 1911 81
23 Jul 1895 John Howard Parnell        1843  3 May 1923 79
 2 Oct 1900 James Laurence Carew        1853 31 Aug 1903 50
10 Oct 1903 David Sheehy        1844 17 Dec 1932 88
14 Dec 1918 Edmund John Duggan 1874  6 Jun 1936 61
 CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 1922 
  MEDWAY (KENT)
 3 Dec 1885 John Stewart Gathorne-Hardy,later [1906] 2nd
Earl of Cranbrook 22 Mar 1839 13 Jul 1911 72
   Jul 1892 Charles Edward Warde,later [1919] 1st 20 Dec 1845 12 Apr 1937 91
baronet
   CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 1918 
REVIVED 1983
 9 Jun 1983 Peggy Fenner  [Dame 1986] 12 Nov 1922
1 May 1997 Robert Graham Marshall-Andrews 10 Apr 1944
NAME ALTERED TO "ROCHESTER AND 
STROOD" 2010
MEIRIONNYDD NANT CONWY
 9 Jun 1983 Dafydd Elis Thomas,later [1992] Baron 
Elis-Thomas [L] 18 Oct 1946
9 Apr 1992 Elfyn Llwyd 26 Sep 1951
CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 2010
  MELTON (LEICESTERSHIRE)
 2 Dec 1885 Lord John James Robert Manners,later [1888]
7th Duke of Rutland 13 Dec 1818  4 Aug 1906 87
21 Mar 1888 Henry John Brinsley Manners,styled Marquess
of Granby,later [1906] 8th Duke of Rutland 16 Apr 1852  8 May 1925 73
17 Jul 1895 Lord Edward William John Manners  5 Aug 1864 26 Feb 1903 38
 4 Oct 1900 Lord Cecil Reginald John Manners  4 Feb 1868  8 Sep 1945 77
19 Jan 1906 Henry de Rosenbach Walker 30 May 1867 31 Jul 1923 56
   Dec 1910 Charles Edward Yate,later [1921] 1st baronet 28 Aug 1849 29 Feb 1940 90
29 Oct 1924 William Lindsay Everard  [kt 1939] 13 Mar 1891 11 Mar 1949 57
26 Jul 1945 Harold Anthony Nutting,later [1972] 3rd
baronet 11 Jan 1920 24 Feb 1999 79
19 Dec 1956 Irene Mervyn Parnicott Pike,later [1974]
Baroness Pike [L] 16 Sep 1918 11 Jan 2004 85
28 Feb 1974 Michael Anthony Latham  [kt 1993] 20 Nov 1942
CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 1983
MEON VALLEY (HAMPSHIRE)
6 May 2010 George Michael Edward Hollingbery 12 Oct 1963
  MERIDEN
26 May 1955 Reginald George Moss 19 Jul 1913 28 May 1995 81
 8 Oct 1959 Gordon Richards Matthews 16 Dec 1908 4 Feb 2000 91
15 Oct 1964 Christopher John Salter Rowland 26 Sep 1929  5 Nov 1967 38
28 Mar 1968 Herbert Keith Speed  [kt 1992] 11 Mar 1934
28 Feb 1974 John Edward Tomlinson,later [1998]
Baron Tomlinson [L]  1 Aug 1939
 3 May 1979 Iain Campbell Mills 21 Apr 1940 16 Jan 1997 56
1 May 1997 Caroline Alice Spelman 4 May 1958
  MERIONETH
c Apr 1660 Edmund Meyricke  9 Nov 1666
 7 May 1661 Henry Wynn     c 1602 27 Jul 1671
25 Mar 1673 William Price 13 Apr 1619 31 Oct 1691 72
18 Feb 1679 Sir John Wynn,5th baronet     c 1628  7 Jan 1719
15 Feb 1681 Sir Robert Owen 16 Nov 1658 30 Mar 1698 39
 7 Apr 1685 Sir John Wynn,5th baronet     c 1628  7 Jan 1719
19 Nov 1695 Hugh Nanney c 1669 Mar 1701
29 Apr 1701 Richard Vaughan     c 1665 28 Mar 1734
 7 May 1734 William Vaughan     c 1707 12 Apr 1775
24 Mar 1768 John Pugh Pryse        1739 13 Jan 1774 34
24 Feb 1774 Evan Lloyd Vaughan     c 1709  4 Dec 1791
25 Jan 1792 Sir Robert Williames Vaughan,2nd baronet        1766 22 Apr 1843 76
17 Jun 1836 Richard Richards 22 Sep 1787 27 Nov 1860 73
14 Jul 1852 William Watkin Edwards Wynn 23 Dec 1801  9 Jun 1880 78
24 Jul 1865 William Robert Maurice Wynne 1840 25 Feb 1909 68
17 Nov 1868 David Williams 30 Jun 1799 15 Dec 1869 70
17 Jan 1870 Samuel Holland 19 Oct 1803 27 Dec 1892 89
 2 Dec 1885 Henry Robertson 11 Jun 1816 22 Mar 1888 71
15 Jul 1886 Thomas Edward Ellis 16 Feb 1859  5 Apr 1899 40
 2 May 1899 Owen Morgan Edwards  [kt 1916] 25 Oct 1858 15 May 1920 61
 5 Oct 1900 Arthur Osmond-Williams,later [1909] 1st baronet 17 Mar 1849 28 Jan 1927 77
22 Jan 1910 Henry Haydn Jones  [kt 1937] 27 Dec 1863  2 Jul 1950 86
26 Jul 1945 Emrys Owain Roberts 22 Sep 1910 29 Oct 1990 80
25 Oct 1951 Thomas William Jones,later [1966] Baron
Maelor [L] 10 Feb 1898 18 Nov 1984 86
31 Mar 1966 William Henry Edwards  6 Jan 1938 17 Aug 2007 69
28 Feb 1974 Dafydd Elis Thomas,later [1992] Baron 
Elis-Thomas [L] 18 Oct 1946
NAME ALTERED TO "MEIRIONNYDD
NANT CONWY" 1983
  MERTHYR (MERTHYR TYDVIL)
14 Dec 1918 Sir Edgar Rees Jones 27 Aug 1878 16 Jun 1962 83
15 Nov 1922 Richard Collingham Wallhead 28 Dec 1869 27 Apr 1934 64
 5 Jun 1934 Stephen Owen Davies  8 Nov 1886 25 Feb 1972 85
 NAME ALTERED TO "MERTHYR TYDVIL"  1950 
  MERTHYR TYDVIL
11 Dec 1832 Josiah John Guest,later [1838] 1st baronet  2 Feb 1785 26 Nov 1852 67
14 Dec 1852 Henry Austin Bruce,later [1873] 1st 
Baron Aberdare 16 Apr 1815 25 Feb 1895 79
REPRESENTATION INCREASED
TO TWO MEMBERS 1868
18 Nov 1868 Henry Richard  (to Oct 1888) 3 Apr 1812 20 Aug 1888 76
Richard Fothergill  8 Nov 1822 24 Jun 1903 80
   Apr 1880 Charles Herbert James        1817  3 Oct 1890 73
12 Mar 1888 David Alfred Thomas,later [1918] 1st Viscount
Rhondda  (to 1910) 26 Mar 1856  3 Jul 1918 62
26 Oct 1888 William Pritchard Morgan        1844  5 Jul 1924 80
 2 Oct 1900 James Keir Hardie  (to 1915) 15 Aug 1856 26 Sep 1915 59
For further information on this MP,see the note
at the foot of the page containing details of
the members for West Ham South
19 Jan 1910 Edgar Rees Jones  [kt 1918]  (to 1918) 27 Aug 1878 16 Jun 1962 83
25 Nov 1915 Charles Butt Stanton 7 Apr 1873  6 Dec 1946 73
 SPLIT INTO 2 DIVISIONS 1918
SEE "ABERDARE" AND "MERTHYR"
RE-UNITED 1950
23 Feb 1950 Stephen Owen Davies  8 Nov 1886 25 Feb 1972 85
13 Apr 1972 Edward Rowlands,later [2004] Baron 
Rowlands [L] 23 Jan 1940
NAME ALTERED TO "MERTHYR TYDFIL
& RHYMNEY" 1983
MERTHYR TYDFIL & RHYMNEY
 9 Jun 1983 Edward Rowlands,later [2004] Baron 
Rowlands [L] 23 Jan 1940
7 Jun 2001 David Stuart (Dai) Havard 7 Feb 1950
 
  MERTON & MORDEN
23 Feb 1950 Robert Edward Dudley Ryder VC 16 Feb 1908 29 Jun 1986 77
For further information on this MP and VC
winner,see the note at the foot of this page
26 May 1955 Humphrey Edward Gregory Atkins [kt 1983],  
later [1987] Baron Colnbrook [L] 12 Aug 1922 4 Oct 1996 74
18 Jun 1970 Janet Evelyn Fookes [Dame 1989],later [1997]
Baroness Fookes [L] 21 Feb 1936
 CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED FEB 1974 
  MIDDLESBROUGH 
16 Nov 1868 Henry William Ferdinand Bolckow 8 Dec 1806 18 Jun 1878 71
 5 Jul 1878 Isaac Wilson 16 Feb 1822 22 Sep 1899 77
   Jul 1892 Joseph Havelock Wilson 16 Aug 1858 16 Apr 1929 70
 2 Oct 1900 Samuel Alexander Sadler  [kt 1905]        1842 29 Sep 1911 69
16 Jan 1906 Joseph Havelock Wilson 16 Aug 1858 16 Apr 1929 70
18 Jan 1910 Penry Williams  5 Sep 1866 26 Jun 1945 78
   SPLIT INTO EAST & WEST DIVISIONS 1918,
BUT RE-UNITED FEB 1974
28 Feb 1974 Arthur George Bottomley,later [1984]
Baron Bottomley [L]  7 Feb 1907  3  Nov 1995 88
 9 Jun 1983 Stuart Bell  [kt 2004] 16 May 1938 13 Oct 2012 74
29 Nov 2012 Andrew Joseph McDonald 8 Mar 1958
  MIDDLESBROUGH EAST
14 Dec 1918 Penry Williams  5 Sep 1866 26 Jun 1945 78
15 Nov 1922 John Wesley Brown        1873  8 Nov 1944 71
 6 Dec 1923 Penry Williams  5 Sep 1866 26 Jun 1945 78
29 Oct 1924 Ellen Cicely Wilkinson  8 Oct 1891  6 Feb 1947 55
27 Oct 1931 Ernest James Young 28 Jul 1882
14 Nov 1935 Alfred Edwards Mar 1888 17 Jun 1958 70
23 Feb 1950 Hilary Adair Marquand 24 Dec 1901 6 Nov 1972 70
14 Mar 1962 Arthur George Bottomley,later [1984]
Baron Bottomley [L]  7 Feb 1907  3  Nov 1995 88
 CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED FEB 1974 
MIDDLESBROUGH SOUTH & CLEVELAND EAST
1 May 1997 Ashok Kumar 28 May 1956 15 Mar 2010 53
6 May 2010 Thomas Francis Blenkinsop 14 Aug 1980
  MIDDLESBROUGH WEST
14 Dec 1918 Walter Trevelyan Thomson 30 Apr 1875  8 Feb 1928 52
 7 Mar 1928 Frank Kingsley Griffith 23 Dec 1889 25 Sep 1962 72
 7 Aug 1940 Harcourt Johnstone 19 May 1895  1 Mar 1945 49
14 May 1945 Donald Clifford Tyndall Bennett 14 Sep 1910 15 Sep 1986 76
26 Jul 1945 Geoffrey Cooper 18 Feb 1907 10 Apr 1995 88
25 Oct 1951 Jocelyn Edward Salis Simon [kt 1959],later
[1971] Baron Simon of Glaisdale [L] 15 Jan 1911 7 May 2006 95
 6 Jun 1962 Jeremy William Bray 29 Jun 1930 31 May 2002 71
18 Jun 1970 John Harold Vick Sutcliffe 30 Apr 1931
 CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED FEB 1974 
  MIDDLESEX
 5 Apr 1660 Sir Lancelot Lake  (to 1679) 10 Feb 1609  4 May 1680 71
Sir William Waller  3 Dec 1598 19 Sep 1668 69
 4 Apr 1661 Sir Thomas Allen,1st baronet 24 Apr 1603 18 Aug 1681 78
21 Feb 1679 Sir William Roberts  (to 1685) 21 Jun 1638 14 May 1688 49
Sir Robert Peyton  [expelled 14 Dec 1680]     c 1633  3 May 1689
13 Jan 1681 Robert Atkyns 29 Apr 1620 18 Feb 1710 89
 3 Mar 1681 Nicholas Raynton     c 1638 18 Nov 1696
18 Mar 1685 Sir Charles Gerard,3rd baronet 16 Aug 1653 by Jul 1701 47
Ralph Hawtrey     c 1626 26 Nov 1725
14 Nov 1695 Edward Russell,later [1697] 1st Earl of Orford  1653 26 Nov 1727 74
[he was also returned for Portsmouth and for 
Cambridgeshire,,for which he chose to sit]
Sir John Wolstenholme,3rd baronet 19 Oct 1649 11 Feb 1709 59
(to Jan 1701)
8 Jan 1696 Sir John Bucknall 30 Jan 1658 c Feb 1713 55
4 Aug 1698 Warwick Lake  (to 1705) 13 Apr 1661 14 May 1713 52
16 Jan 1701 Hugh Smithson c 1662 4 Sep 1740
3 Dec 1701 John Austen,later [1714] 1st baronet  (to 1702) after 1673 22 Mar 1742
30 Jul 1702 Hugh Smithson c 1662 4 Sep 1740
28 May 1705 Scorey Barker  (to 1710) c 1652 22 Aug 1713
Sir John Wolstenholme,3rd baronet 19 Oct 1649 11 Feb 1709 59
3 Mar 1709 John Austen,later [1714] 1st baronet  after 1673 22 Mar 1742
12 Oct 1710 James Bertie  (to 1734) 13 Mar 1674 18 Oct 1735 61
Hugh Smithson     c 1662  4 Sep 1740
30 Mar 1722 Sir John Austen,1st baronet  after 1673 22 Mar 1742
 6 Sep 1727 Francis Child  [kt 1732]  (to 1740)     c 1684 20 Apr 1740
25 Apr 1734 William Pulteney,later [1742] 1st Earl of
Bath  (to 1742) 29 Mar 1684  7 Jul 1764 80
15 May 1740 Hugh Smithson,later [1750] 2nd Earl of
Northumberland and [1766] 1st Duke of
Northumberland  (to 1750) 19 Dec 1715  6 Jun 1786 70
 5 Aug 1742 Sir Roger Newdigate,5th baronet 20 May 1719 23 Nov 1806 87
 2 Jul 1747 Sir William Beauchamp-Proctor,1st baronet
(to Mar 1768) 11 May 1722 13 Sep 1773 51
 8 Mar 1750 George Cooke  (to Dec 1768)     c 1705  5 Jun 1768
28 Mar 1768 John Wilkes  (to 1769)   [he was expelled 28 Oct 1725 26 Dec 1797 72
3 Feb 1769. At the subsequent by-election
held on 16 Feb 1769, Wilkes was again
returned. He was,however,again expelled on
17 Feb 1769 and declared to be incapable
of being re-elected. Notwithstanding this,
he was again returned 16 Mar 1769. Once
again,he was declared incapable of being
re-elected,but was returned yet again on
13 Apr 1769. He was finally unseated on
petition in favour of Henry Lawes Luttrell
15 Apr 1769]
14 Dec 1768 John Glynn  (to 1779)  3 Aug 1722 16 Sep 1779 57
15 Apr 1769 Henry Lawes Luttrell,later [1787] 2nd Earl
of Carhampton [I] 7 Aug 1743 25 Apr 1821 77
20 Oct 1774 John Wilkes   (to 1790) 28 Oct 1725 26 Dec 1797 72
28 Oct 1779 Thomas Wood 25 Sep 1708 25 Jun 1799 90
14 Sep 1780 George Byng     c 1735 27 Oct 1789
22 Apr 1784 William Mainwaring  (to 1802)  6 Oct 1735 28 Feb 1821 85
28 Jun 1790 George Byng  (to Feb 1847) 17 May 1764 10 Jan 1847 82
13 Jul 1802 Sir Francis Burdett,5th baronet 25 Jan 1770 23 Jan 1844 73
[his election was declared void 9 Jul 1804]
23 Jul 1804 George Boulton Mainwaring  [he was unseated     c 1773  after 1822
on petition in favour of Sir Francis Burdett
5 Mar 1805]
 5 Mar 1805 Sir Francis Burdett,5th baronet  [he was 25 Jan 1770 23 Jan 1844 73
unseated on petition in favour of George
Boulton Mainwaring 10 Feb 1806]
10 Feb 1806 George Boulton Mainwaring     c 1773  after 1822
10 Nov 1806 William Mellish     c 1764  8 Jun 1838
17 Mar 1820 Samuel Charles Whitbread 16 Feb 1796 27 May 1879 83
5 Aug 1830 Joseph Hume 22 Jan 1777 20 Feb 1855 78
31 Jul 1837 Thomas Wood  (to Aug 1847) 1804 24 Oct 1872 68
 3 Feb 1847 Lord Robert Grosvenor,later [1857] 1st Baron
Ebury  (to Sep 1857) 24 Apr 1801 18 Nov 1893 92
 4 Aug 1847 Ralph Bernal Osborne 26 Mar 1808  4 Jan 1882 73
29 Apr 1857 Robert Culling Hanbury  (to 1867) 19 Mar 1823 29 Mar 1867 44
 3 Sep 1857 George Henry Charles Byng,styled Viscount
Enfield,later [1886] 3rd Earl of Strafford
(to 1874) 22 Feb 1830 28 Mar 1898 68
15 Apr 1867 Henry Du Pré Labouchère 9 Nov 1831 15 Jan 1912 80
For information on this MP,see the note at the
foot of the page containing details of members
for the constituency of Northampton
21 Nov 1868 Lord George Francis Hamilton  (to 1885) 17 Dec 1845 22 Sep 1927 82
14 Feb 1874 Octavius Edward Coope 12 Jan 1814 27 Nov 1886 72
 SPLIT INTO 7 DIVISIONS 1885 
SEE "BRENTFORD","EALING","ENFIELD",
"HARROW',"HORNSEY","TOTTENHAM"
AND "UXBRIDGE"
  MIDDLETON (LANCASHIRE)
 2 Dec 1885 George Salis-Schwabe        1843 13 Jun 1907 63
 9 Jul 1886 Thomas Fielden        1854  5 Oct 1897 43
   Jul 1892 Charles Henry Hopwood 20 Jul 1829 14 Oct 1904 75
18 Jul 1895 Thomas Fielden        1854  5 Oct 1897 43
 4 Nov 1897 James Duckworth  [kt 1908] 14 Feb 1840  1 Jan 1915 74
 9 Oct 1900 Edward Brocklehurst Fielden 10 Jun 1857 31 Mar 1942 84
18 Jan 1906 William Ryland Dent Adkins  [kt 1911] 11 May 1862 30 Jan 1925 62
  NAME ALTERED TO "MIDDLETON & 
& PRESTWICH" 1918
  MIDDLETON & PRESTWICH (LANCASHIRE)
14 Dec 1918 Sir William Ryland Dent Adkins 11 May 1862 30 Jan 1925 62
 6 Dec 1923 Alexander Nairne Stewart Stewart-
Sandeman,later [1929] 1st baronet 12 Oct 1876 23 Apr 1940 63
1 Jun 1940 Ernest Everard Gates 29 May 1903 12 Oct 1984 81
25 Oct 1951 Sir John Denman Barlow,2nd baronet 15 Jun 1898 5 Jan 1986 87
31 Mar 1966 Denis Walter Coe  5 Jun 1929
18 Jun 1970 Alan Gordon Barraclough Haselhurst  [kt 1995] 23 Jun 1937
28 Feb 1974 James Callaghan 28 Jan 1927
CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 1983
  MIDHURST (SUSSEX)
c Apr 1660 William Willoughby     c 1616 10 Apr 1673
John Steward     c 1637 12 Nov 1694
25 Mar 1661 John Lewknor  (to 1670) 11 Mar 1624  3 Dec 1669 45
Adam Browne  [he was also returned for      c 1626  3 Nov 1690
Surrey,for which he chose to sit]
31 May 1661 John Steward  (to 1679)     c 1637 12 Nov 1694
21 Jan 1670 Baptist May 4 Nov 1628 2 Mar 1697 68
12 Feb 1679 Sir William Morley 21 Mar 1639 30 May 1701 62
John Alford  (to 1681)  1 Oct 1645 16 May 1691 45
11 Oct 1679 John Lewknor 24 Apr 1658 19 Feb 1707 48
 4 Mar 1681 William Montagu 13 Oct 1652  2 Apr 1691 38
John Cooke 21 Jan 1649  1 Oct 1726 77
13 Mar 1685 Sir William Morley 21 Mar 1639 30 May 1701 62
John Lewknor  (to 1705) 24 Apr 1658 19 Feb 1707 48
8 Jan 1701 Lawrence Alcock  (to 1713) 25 Jun 1677 3 Jul 1723 46
9 May 1705 Robert Orme  [he was unseated on petition c 1669 Apr 1711
in favour of Thomas Meredyth 8 Mar 1709]
8 Mar 1709 Thomas Meredyth 1665 19 Jun 1719 53
4 Oct 1710 Robert Orme c 1669 Apr 1711
28 Dec 1711 John Pratt  (to 1715) 1657 Feb 1725 67
29 Aug 1713 William Knight  (to 1721) 29 Jan 1667 26 Oct 1721 54
28 Jan 1715 John Fortescue-Aland,later [1746] 1st Baron
Fortescue of Credan [I]  7 Mar 1670 19 Dec 1746 76
27 Feb 1717 Alan Brodrick,Baron Brodrick [I],later [Aug 1717]
1st Viscount Midleton [I]  (to 1729)     c 1655 29 Aug 1728
 6 Nov 1721 Sir Richard Mill,5th baronet     c 1689 16 May 1760
20 Mar 1722 Bulstrode Peachey [Bulstrode Peachey Knight        1681 14 Jan 1736 54
from 1725]   (to 1736)
 1 Feb 1729 Sir Richard Mill,5th baronet     c 1689 16 May 1760
25 Apr 1734 Thomas Bootle  [kt 1745]  (to 1754)        1685 25 Dec 1753 68
 2 Feb 1736 Sir Henry Peachey,1st baronet     c 1671 23 Aug 1737
 3 Feb 1738 Sir John Peachey,2nd baronet     c 1680  9 Apr 1744
23 Apr 1744 Sir John Peachey,3rd baronet  (to 1761)     c 1720 30 Jun 1765
25 Jan 1754 John Sargent        1715 20 Sep 1791 76
30 Mar 1761 William Hamilton 13 Dec 1730  6 Apr 1803 72
John Burgoyne  (to 1768)  4 Feb 1723  4 Aug 1792 69
16 Jan 1765 Bamber Gascoyne 22 Feb 1725 27 Oct 1791 66
22 Mar 1768 Henry Thomas Fox-Strangways,styled Baron
Stavordale,later [1776] 2nd Earl of Ilchester 10 Aug 1747  5 Sep 1802 55
He resigned his seat in 1770,but was again
returned at the subsequent by-election
held on 25 May 1770
Charles James Fox 24 Jan 1749 13 Sep 1806 57
10 Oct 1774 Herbert Mackworth   [he was also returned for  1 Jan 1737 25 Oct 1791 54
Cardiff,for which he chose to sit]
Clement Tudway   [he was also returned for  8 Oct 1734  7 Jun 1815 80
Wells,for which he chose to sit]
27 Dec 1774 Henry Seymour-Conway 15 Dec 1746  5 Feb 1830 83
John Ord 11 Oct 1729  6 Jun 1814 84
 8 Sep 1780 John St.John   [he was also returned for     c 1746  8 Oct 1793
Newport IOW,for which he chose to sit]
Henry Drummond  (to 1790)        1730 24 Jun 1795 64
29 Nov 1780 Sir Sampson Gideon (Eardley from 1789),later 
[1789] 1st Baron Eardley [I] 10 Oct 1745 25 Dec 1824 79
 2 Apr 1784 Benjamin Lethieullier   [he was also returned        1729  5 Dec 1797 68
for Andover,for which he chose to sit]
21 Jun 1784 Edward Cotsford  6 Mar 1740 25 May 1810 70
21 Jun 1790 Percy Charles Wyndham  (to 1796) 23 Sep 1757  5 Aug 1833 75
Charles William Wyndham  8 Oct 1760  1 Jul 1828 67
17 Jan 1795 Peter Isaac Thellusson,later [1806] 1st Baron
Rendlesham [I] 13 Oct 1761 16 Sep 1808 46
30 May 1796 Sylvester Douglas,later [1800] 1st 
Baron Glenbervie [I] 24 May 1743  2 May 1823 79
Charles Long,later [1826] 1st Baron Farnborough
(to 1802) 29 Jan 1760 17 Jan 1838 77
27 Dec 1800 George Smith  (to 1806) 30 Apr 1765 26 Dec 1836 71
 7 Jul 1802 Samuel Smith   [he was also returned for 14 Apr 1754 12 Mar 1834 79
Leicester,for which he chose to sit]
24 Dec 1802 Edmund Turnor 13 Dec 1754 19 Mar 1829 74
 1 Nov 1806 John Smith   [he was also returned for  6 Sep 1767 20 Jan 1842 74
Nottingham,for which he chose to sit]
William Wickham   [he was also returned for 11 Nov 1761 22 Oct 1840 78
Callington,for which he chose to sit]
26 Jan 1807 Henry Watkin Williams-Wynn 16 Mar 1783 28 Mar 1856 73
William Conyngham Plunket,later [1827] 1st
Baron Plunket  1 Jul 1764  5 Jan 1854 89
 9 May 1807 Samuel Smith   [he was also returned for 14 Apr 1754 12 Mar 1834 79
Leicester,for which he chose to sit]
James Abercromby,later [1839] 1st Baron
Dunfermline  (to 1812)  7 Nov 1776 17 Apr 1858 81
22 Jul 1807 Thomas Thompson  (to 1818)  5 Apr 1754 14 Sep 1828 74
 7 Oct 1812 George Smith   [he was also returned for 30 Apr 1765 26 Dec 1836 71
Wendover,for which he chose to sit]
21 Dec 1812 Philip Henry Stanhope,styled Viscount
Mahon,later [1816] 4th Earl Stanhope  7 Dec 1781  2 Mar 1855 73
 3 Feb 1817 Sir Oswald Mosley,2nd baronet 27 Mar 1785 24 May 1871 86
16 Jun 1818 Samuel Smith 14 Apr 1754 12 Mar 1834 79
John Smith  (to 1830)  6 Sep 1767 20 Jan 1842 74
9 Mar 1820 Abel Smith 17 Jul 1788 23 Feb 1859 70
31 Jul 1830 John Abel Smith 2 Jun 1802 7 Jan 1871 68
George Smith 30 Apr 1765 26 Dec 1836 71
30 Apr 1831 George Robert Smith  2 May 1793 22 Feb 1869 75
Martin Tucker Smith  6 Jul 1803 10 Oct 1880 77
REPRESENTATION REDUCED
TO ONE MEMBER 1832
11 Dec 1832 Frederick Spencer,later [1845] 4th Earl Spencer 14 Apr 1798 27 Dec 1857 59
 6 Jan 1835 William Stephen Poyntz 20 Jan 1770  8 Apr 1840 70
12 Dec 1837 Frederick Spencer,later [1845] 4th Earl Spencer 14 Apr 1798 27 Dec 1857 59
29 Jun 1841 Sir Horace Beauchamp Seymour 22 Nov 1791 21 Nov 1851 59
30 Jan 1846 Spencer Horatio Walpole 11 Sep 1806 22 May 1898 91
 7 Feb 1856 Samuel Warren 23 May 1807 29 Jul 1877 70
 3 Mar 1859 John Hardy,later [1876] 1st baronet 23 Feb 1809  9 Jul 1888 79
30 Apr 1859 William Townley Mitford        1817 18 Apr 1889 71
 3 Feb 1874 Charles George Perceval,later [Aug 1874] 
7th Earl of Egmont 15 Jun 1845  5 Sep 1897 52
23 Sep 1874 Sir Henry Thurstan Holland,2nd baronet,later
[1888] 1st Baron Knutsford and [1895] 1st
Viscount Knutsford  3 Aug 1825 29 Jan 1914 88
 CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 1885 
  MIDLOTHIAN
ALSO KNOWN AS EDINBURGHSHIRE
1 Jun 1708 George Lockhart 1681 17 Dec 1731 50
 1 Mar 1715 John Baird,later [1737] 3rd baronet 13 Oct 1685 30 Sep 1745 59
29 Mar 1722 Robert Dundas  9 Dec 1685 26 Aug 1753 67
 4 Aug 1737 Sir Charles Gilmour,2nd baronet  9 Aug 1750
14 Feb 1751 Robert Balfour-Ramsay     c 1698        1767
25 Apr 1754 Robert Dundas 18 Jul 1713 13 Dec 1787 74
12 Jan 1761 Sir Alexander Gilmour     c 1737 27 Dec 1792
20 Oct 1774 Henry Dundas,later [1802] 1st Viscount Melville 28 Apr 1742  2 May 1811 69
Dundas was also member for Newtown IOW
between Sep 1782 and Jan 1783, but he does
not appear to have relinquished his seat in
Midlothian during this time
26 Jun 1790 Robert Dundas  6 Jun 1758 17 Jun 1819 61
 1 Jun 1801 Robert Saunders-Dundas,later [1811] 2nd
Viscount Melville 14 Mar 1771 10 Jun 1851 80
 6 Jul 1811 Sir George Clerk,6th baronet 19 Nov 1787 23 Dec 1867 80
24 Dec 1832 Sir John Hamilton Dalrymple,5th baronet,later
[1840] 8th Earl of Stair 14 Jun 1771 10 Jan 1853 81
17 Jan 1835 Sir George Clerk,6th baronet 19 Nov 1787 23 Dec 1867 80
 3 Aug 1837 William Gibson-Craig,later [1850] 2nd baronet  2 Aug 1797 12 Mar 1878 80
 6 Jul 1841 William Ramsay Ramsay        1809 15 Mar 1850 40
23 Jun 1845 Sir John Hope,11th baronet 13 Apr 1781  5 Jun 1853 72
25 Jun 1853 William Henry Walter Montagu-Douglas-Scott,
styled Earl of Dalkeith,later [1884] 6th Duke of
Buccleuch and 8th Duke of Queensberry 9 Sep 1831 5 Nov 1914 83
21 Nov 1868 Sir Alexander Charles Ramsay-Gibson-
Maitland,3rd baronet  7 Jan 1820 16 May 1876 56
10 Feb 1874 William Henry Walter Montagu-Douglas-Scott,
styled Earl of Dalkeith,later [1884] 6th Duke of
Buccleuch and 8th Duke of Queensberry 9 Sep 1831 5 Nov 1914 83
6 Apr 1880 William Ewart Gladstone 29 Dec 1809 19 May 1898 88
18 Jul 1895 Thomas David Gibson-Carmichael [kt 1908],
later [1912] 1st Baron Carmichael 18 Mar 1859 16 Jan 1926 66
 9 Oct 1900 Alexander William Charles Oliphant Murray,
later [1912] 1st Baron Murray of Elibank 12 Apr 1870 13 Sep 1920 50
23 Jan 1906 Albert Edward Harry Meyer Archibald
Primrose,styled Lord Dalmeny,later [1929]
6th Earl of Rosebery  8 Jan 1882 31 May 1974 92
26 Jan 1910 Alexander William Charles Oliphant Murray,
later [1912] 1st Baron Murray of Elibank 12 Apr 1870 13 Sep 1920 50
10 Sep 1912 Sir John Augustus Hope,16th baronet  7 Jul 1869 17 Apr 1924 54
   SPLIT INTO 2 DIVISIONS 1918
SEE "MIDLOTHIAN AND PEEBLES NORTH"
AND "PEEBLES AND SOUTHERN"
CONSTITUENCY RE-UNITED 1955
26 May 1955 David Johnstone Pryde  3 Mar 1890  2 Aug 1959 69
 8 Oct 1959 James Meecham Hill        1899 22 Dec 1966 67
31 Mar 1966 Alexander Eadie 23 Jun 1920 26 Jan 2012 91
9 Apr 1992 Eric Lionel Clarke 9 Apr 1933
7 Jun 2001 David Hamilton 24 Oct 1950
  MIDLOTHIAN & PEEBLES 
23 Feb 1950 David Johnstone Pryde  3 Mar 1890  2 Aug 1959 69
 CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 1955 
  MIDLOTHIAN & PEEBLES NORTH
14 Dec 1918 Sir John Augustus Hope,16th baronet  7 Jul 1869 17 Apr 1924 54
15 Nov 1922 George Aitken Clark Hutchison  [kt 1928] 6 Jul 1873 22 Dec 1928 55
 6 Dec 1923 Andrew Bathgate Clarke  5 Feb 1868  1 Feb 1940 71
29 Oct 1924 George Aitken Clark Hutchison  [kt 1928] 6 Jul 1873 22 Dec 1928 55
29 Jan 1929 Andrew Bathgate Clarke  5 Feb 1868  1 Feb 1940 71
30 May 1929 David John Colville,later [1948] 1st Baron
Clydesmuir 13 Feb 1894 31 Oct 1954 60
11 Feb 1943 Sir Thomas David King Murray 29 Mar 1884  5 Jun 1955 71
26 Jul 1945 Lord John Adrian Hope,later [1964] 1st Baron
Glendevon  7 Apr 1912 18 Jan 1996 83
NAME ALTERED TO "MIDLOTHIAN 
& PEEBLES" 1950
  MILBORNE PORT (SOMERSET)
 3 Apr 1660 William Milborne c 1633 12 Jul 1660
Michael Malet  (to 1679) c 1632 after 1683
21 Aug 1660 Francis Wyndham,later [1673] 1st baronet  c 1610 15 Jul 1676
(to 1677)
3 Apr 1661 Michael Malet  (to 1679) c 1632 after 1683
Sir Francis Wyndham,1st baronet  (to 1677) c 1610 15 Jul 1676
Henry Milborne
Double return between Wyndham and
Milborne. Wyndham seated 17 May 1661
26 Feb 1677 John Hunt  (to 1690) c 1639 26 Apr 1721
12 Feb 1679 William Lacy c 1648 1695
27 Aug 1679 Henry Bull 8 Oct 1630 28 Jan 1692 61
 9 Jan 1689 Thomas Saunders 9 Jun 1641 after 1690
26 Feb 1690 Sir Thomas Travell  (to 1715) c 1657 24 Feb 1724
Sir Charles Carteret 24 Jul 1667 Jul 1719 51
7 Jan 1701 Sir Richard Newman,1st baronet c 1675 30 Dec 1721
26 Dec 1701 Henry Thynne  [he was also returned for 8 Feb 1675 20 Dec 1708 33
Tamworth,for which he chose to sit]
5 Feb 1702 John Hunt c 1639 26 Apr 1721
21 Jul 1702 Sir Thomas Travell  (to 1715) c 1657 24 Feb 1724
John Hunt c 1639 26 Apr 1721
John Henley
Double return. Travell and Hunt declared
elected 8 Dec 1702
16 May 1705 Thomas Medlycott  [at the general election 22 May 1662 c Aug 1738 76
in May 1708,Medlycott was also returned
for Westminster,for which he chose to sit]
7 May 1709 Thomas Smith 1686 3 Aug 1728 42
12 Oct 1710 James Medlycott  (to 1722)  c 1658  2 May 1731
31 Jan 1715 John Cox 10 May 1717
10 Jun 1717 Michael Harvey  [he was unseated on petition 10 May 1694  3 Oct 1748 54
in favour of Charles Stanhope 6 Jul 1717]
 6 Jul 1717 Charles Stanhope        1673 16 Mar 1760
22 Mar 1722 Michael Harvey  (to 1741) 10 May 1694  3 Oct 1748 54
George Speke     c 1686  2 Jan 1753
19 Aug 1727 Thomas Medlycott 22 May 1662 c Aug 1738 76
29 Apr 1734 Thomas Medlycott  (to 1742) 22 Oct 1697 21 Jul 1763 65
12 May 1741 Jeffrey French  (to 1747)     c 1701 14 May 1754
 
 2 Feb 1742 Michael Harvey 10 May 1694  3 Oct 1748 54
29 Jun 1747 Thomas Medlycott   (to 1763) 22 Oct 1697 21 Jul 1763 65
Charles Churchill     c 1720 13 Apr 1812
Jeffrey French      c 1701 14 May 1754
Michael Harvey 10 May 1694  3 Oct 1748 54
Double return. Medlycott and Churchill
declared elected 2 Dec 1747
15 Apr 1754 Edward Walter  (to 1774)        1727        1780 53
22 Nov 1763 Thomas Hutchings-Medlycott     c 1728 15 May 1795
25 May 1770 Robert Knight,1st Earl of Catherlough [I] 17 Dec 1702 30 Mar 1772 69
 7 Apr 1772 Richard Combe   [he was unseated on petition     c 1728 18 Sep 1780
in favour of George Prescott 22 May 1772]
22 May 1772 George Prescott     c 1711 20 Apr 1790
10 Oct 1774 Temple Simon Luttrell     c 1738 14 Jan 1803
Charles Wolseley 25 Oct 1741 10 Apr 1808 66
Edward Walter         1727        1780 53
Isaac Hawkins Browne  7 Dec 1745 30 May 1818 72
Triple return - two returns for Luttrell and
Wolseley and one for Walter and Browne. 
The return for Walter and Browne and one of
the returns for Luttrell and Wolseley were
removed from the file on 10 Feb 1775
 9 Sep 1780 Thomas Hutchings-Medlycott     c 1728 15 May 1795
John Townson  (to 1787)     c 1725  3 Mar 1797
 4 Dec 1781 John Pennington,later [1783] 1st Baron
Muncaster [I]  (to 1796) 22 May 1741  8 Oct 1813 72
29 Jan 1787 William Popham 11 Jun 1740 20 Feb 1821 80
16 Jun 1790 William Coles Medlycott,later [1808] 1st
baronet 22 Oct 1767 25 May 1835 67
14 Jun 1791 Richard Johnson 1753 19 Aug 1807 54
15 Feb 1794 Mark Wood,later [1808] 1st baronet 16 Mar 1750  6 Feb 1829 78
27 May 1796 Henry William Paget,styled Baron Paget,later
[1815] 1st Marquess of Anglesey  (to 1804) 17 May 1768 29 Apr 1854 85
Sir Robert Ainslie,later [1804] 1st baronet     c 1730 21 Jul 1812
 5 Jul 1802 Hugh Leycester  (to 1812) 2 Oct 1748 2 Jan 1836 87
12 Jun 1804 Charles Paget  [kt 1819]  7 Oct 1778 27 Jan 1839 60
31 Oct 1806 Henry William Paget,styled Baron Paget,later
[1815] 1st Marquess of Anglesey  17 May 1768 29 Apr 1854 85
31 Jan 1810 William Legge,styled Viscount Lewisham,later
[Nov 1810] 4th Earl of Dartmouth 29 Nov 1784 22 Nov 1853 68
 5 Dec 1810 Edward Paget  [kt 1812]   (to 1820)  3 Nov 1775 13 May 1849 73
 5 Oct 1812 Robert Matthew Casberd 19 Jan 1772  3 Jan 1842 69
8 Mar 1820 Thomas North Graves,2nd Baron Graves [I]
(to 1827) 28 May 1775  7 Feb 1830 54
Berkeley Thomas Paget  2 Jan 1780 26 Oct 1842 62
9 Jun 1826 Arthur Chichester,later [1831] 1st Baron 
Templemore  (to 1830) 8 Jan 1797 26 Sep 1837 40
9 Jul 1827 John Henry North c 1788 30 Sep 1831
5 Aug 1830 George Stevens Byng,later [1860] 2nd Earl
of Strafford  8 Jun 1806 29 Oct 1886 80
William Sturges-Bourne  (to 14 Mar 1831)  7 Nov 1769  1 Feb 1845 75
4 Mar 1831 Richard Lalor Sheil  (to Jul 1831)  [at the 17 Aug 1791 25 May 1851 59
general election in Apr 1831,he was also
returned for co.Louth,for which he chose 
to sit]
14 Mar 1831 George Stevens Byng,later [1860] 2nd Earl
of Strafford  (to 1832)  8 Jun 1806 29 Oct 1886 80
15 Jul 1831 Philip Cecil Crampton May 1782 29 Dec 1862 80
 CONSTITUENCY DISENFRANCHISED 1832 
  MILE END (TOWER HAMLETS)
26 Nov 1885 Spencer Charrington 24 May 1818 11 Dec 1904 86
12 Jan 1905 Harry Lawson Webster Lawson,later [1916] 2nd
Baron Burnham and [1919] 1st Viscount Burnham 18 Dec 1862 20 Jul 1933 71
17 Jan 1906 Bertram Stuart Straus 17 Mar 1867 26 Aug 1933 66
18 Jan 1910 Harry Lawson Webster Lawson,later [1916] 2nd
Baron Burnham and [1919] 1st Viscount Burnham 18 Dec 1862 20 Jul 1933 71
25 Jan 1916 Warwick Brookes        1875    Aug 1935 60
14 Dec 1918 Walter Reuben Preston  [kt 1921] 20 Sep 1875  6 Jul 1946 70
 6 Dec 1923 John Scurr  6 Apr 1876 10 Jul 1932 56
27 Oct 1931 William James O'Donovan        1886 13 Jan 1955 68
14 Nov 1935 Daniel Frankel 18 Aug 1900 16 May 1988 87
26 Jul 1945 Philip Piratin 15 May 1907 10 Dec 1995 88
 CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 1950
MILTON KEYNES (BUCKINGHAMSHIRE)
 9 Jun 1983 William Richard Benyon (born Shelley)  [kt 1994] 17 Jan 1930 2 May 2014 84
CONSTITUENCY SPLIT INTO "MILTON KEYNES
NORTH EAST" AND "MILTON KEYNES SOUTH
WEST" 1992
 
 
 
MILTON KEYNES NORTH
 
6 May 2010 John Mark Lancaster 12 May 1970
 
 
 
 
MILTON KEYNES NORTH EAST
 
9 Apr 1992 Peter Butler 10 Jun 1951
 
1 May 1997 Brian Arthur Roberts White 5 May 1957
 
5 May 2005 John Mark Lancaster 12 May 1970
 
 
NAME ALTERED TO "MILTON KEYNES 
NORTH" 2010
 
 
 
MILTON KEYNES SOUTH
 
6 May 2010 Iain Aitken Stewart 18 Sep 1972
 
 
 
 
MILTON KEYNES SOUTH WEST
 
9 Apr 1992 Barry Charles Legg 30 May 1949
 
1 May 1997 Phyllis Margaret Starkey 4 Jan 1947
 
 
NAME ALTERED TO "MILTON KEYNES 
SOUTH" 2010
 
 
  MINEHEAD (SOMERSET)
31 Mar 1660 Francis Luttrell  (to 1666) 1 Nov 1628 14 Mar 1666 37
Charles Pym c 1615 1671
 4 Apr 1661 Sir Hugh Wyndham  (to 1673) 1624 20 Jul 1671 47
25 Aug 1666 Sir John Malet  (to Sep 1679) c 1623 8 Apr 1686
17 Feb 1673 Thomas Wyndham c 1628 May 1713
13 Feb 1679 Francis Luttrell  (to Oct 1690) 16 Jun 1659 25 Jul 1690 31
 1 Sep 1679 Thomas Palmer 6 Jan 1658 1681 23
26 Mar 1685 Nathaniel Palmer  [at the general election 1 Sep 1660 16 Jan 1718 57
in Mar 1690,Palmer was also returned for
Somerset,for which he chose to sit]
25 Sep 1690 John Sanford  (to 1698) 2 Jan 1640 1711 71
18 Oct 1690 Alexander Luttrell  (to 1708) 20 Oct 1663 22 Sep 1711 47
27 Jul 1698 Sir Jacob Banks  (to 1715) 22 Aug 1662 22 Dec 1724 62
5 May 1708 Sir John Trevelyan,2nd baronet   9 Apr 1670 25 Sep 1755 85
(to Sep 1715)
 1 Feb 1715 Sir William Wyndham       c 1688 17 Jun 1740
Sir John Trevelyan,2nd baronet   9 Apr 1670 25 Sep 1755 85
Election declared void 10 Sep 1715
11 Apr 1717 Samuel Edwin 12 Mar 1671 27 Sep 1722 51
Thomas Gage,later [1720] 1st Viscount Gage [I]     c 1695 21 Dec 1754
Sir John Trevelyan,2nd baronet  (to Mar 1722) 9 Apr 1670 25 Sep 1755 85
James Milner  after 1658 24 Nov 1721
Double return. On petition, Trevelyan and 
Milner were declared elected 23 May 1717]
 
18 Dec 1721 Sir Richard Lane   [he was unseated on      c 1667 29 Mar 1756
petition in favour of Robert Mansel 9 Jan 1722]
 9 Jan 1722 Robert Mansel  (to 1723)  2 Nov 1695 29 Apr 1723 27
22 Mar 1722 Thomas Hales,later [1748] 3rd baronet     c 1694  6 Oct 1762
(to 1727)
24 May 1723 Francis Whitworth  (to 1742)  9 May 1684  6 Mar 1742 57
17 Aug 1727 Alexander Luttrell 10 May 1705  4 Jun 1737 32
28 Jun 1737 Sir William Codrington,1st baronet 17 Dec 1738
 9 Feb 1739 Thomas Carew  (to 1747)        1702 13 Mar 1766 63
19 Mar 1742 John Periam     c 1701        1788
30 Jun 1747 Percy Wyndham-O'Brien,later [1756] 1st 
Earl of Thomond [I]     c 1723 21 Jul 1774
Charles Whitworth  [kt 1768]  (to 1761)     c 1721 22 Aug 1778
20 Apr 1754 Daniel Boone    Nov 1710 20 May 1770 59
28 Mar 1761 Henry Shiffner        1721 30 May 1795 73
Percy Wyndham-O'Brien,1st Earl of Thomond [I]     c 1723 21 Jul 1774
 
18 Mar 1768 Henry Fownes-Luttrell  (to Dec 1774)     c 1722 30 Oct 1780
Charles Whitworth  [kt Aug 1768]     c 1721 22 Aug 1778
 8 Oct 1774 John Fownes-Luttrell  (to 1806) 24 Jun 1752    Feb 1816 63
31 Dec 1774 Thomas Pownall  4 Sep 1722 25 Feb 1805 82
 9 Sep 1780 Francis Fownes-Luttrell  9 Feb 1756 24 Apr 1823 67
11 Mar 1783 Henry Beaufoy   [at the general election in    Nov 1750 17 May 1795 44
Apr 1784,he was also returned for Great
Yarmouth,for which he chose to sit]
19 Jun 1784 Charles Phipps 10 Dec 1753 20 Oct 1786 32
15 Dec 1786 Robert Wood     c 1762  after 1803
19 Jun 1790 George Parker,styled Viscount Parker,
later [1795] 4th Earl of Macclesfield 24 Feb 1755 20 May 1842 87
 9 Mar 1795 Thomas Fownes Luttrell 10 Feb 1763 19 Jan 1811 47
30 May 1796 John Langston c 1758 11 Feb 1812
13 Jul 1802 John Patteson 19 Nov 1755  3 Oct 1833 77
 1 Nov 1806 Sir John Lethbridge,1st baronet 12 Mar 1746 15 Dec 1815 69
George Augustus Henry Anne Parkyns,
2nd Baron Rancliffe [I]   (to May 1807) 10 Jun 1785  1 Nov 1850 65
14 Jan 1807 John Fownes Luttrell  (to 1816) 24 Jun 1752 16 Feb 1816 63
 9 May 1807 John Denison c 1758 6 May 1820
 6 Oct 1812 John Fownes-Luttrell  (to 1832) 26 Aug 1787 11 Jan 1857 69
12 Mar 1816 Henry Fownes-Luttrell 7 Feb 1790 6 Oct 1867 77
12 Apr 1822 John Douglas 1 Feb 1774 31 Jul 1838 64
10 Jun 1826 James Blair     c 1788  9 Sep 1841
31 Jul 1830 William Edward Tomline 27 Feb 1787 28 May 1836 49
30 Apr 1831 George Augustus Frederick Child-Villiers,styled
Viscount Villiers,later [1859] 6th Earl of Jersey  4 Apr 1808 24 Oct 1859 51
 CONSTITUENCY DISENFRANCHISED 1832 
James Francis Xavier O'Brien, MP for Mayo South 1885-1895 and Cork City 1895-1905
O'Brien's life prior to his entering Parliament was largely devoted to the cause of Irish 
nationalism, during which period he took part in the Fenian Rising of 1867. This led to him being
found guilty of high treason, with the result that he became the last person in British history
to be sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered before this form of punishment was
abolished in 1870. The following obituary was published in "The Times" of 29 May 1905:-
'Mr. James Francis Xavier O'Brien, M.P., one of the Nationalist representatives of the city of 
Cork, died somewhat suddenly yesterday afternoon at his house, 39, Gauden-road, Clapham.
He was the general secretary of the United Irish League, and, having just resigned the 
position, was in the offices of the organisation last Thursday making arrangements for handing
over the post to his successor. He was also in his place in the House of Commons for the 
debate on the Chief Secretary's salary that evening, but, feeling unwell, was unable to wait 
for the division. He was suffering from pleurisy, but no immediate danger was apprehended.
Yesterday, however, he succumbed to heart failure. He leaves a widow and several children.
Two of his sons are Roman Catholic priests in Ireland. Tomorrow evening the body will be
brought to Dublin for burial in Glasnevin Cemetery.
'Mr. O'Brien was in Parliament for 20 years, but he rarely took part in the Irish debates. He 
was, however, a conspicuous figure at Westminster, and at least a personality interesting to
members and visitors, for he had been sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered. This
occurred at Cork 38 years ago [i.e. in 1867], when he was tried and convicted on a charge
of high treason for complicity in the Fenian Insurrection of 1867. Mr. O'Brien was born in Cork
in 1831 [sic - 1828]. At an early age he went to America and fought for the South in a 
Louisiana regiment in the Civil War. At the conclusion of the war he was sent to Ireland with
many of his countrymen who had served on both sides in the long campaign, by the Fenian
organization to act as organizers. He settled in Cork, where he obtained employment as a 
commercial traveller, a position which enabled him to act as a valuable agent of the 
conspiracy. In 1865 the Government seized the Irish People - the newspaper of the moment -
and arrested its most conspicuous leaders in Dublin, including the Head Centre, James 
Stephens [1825-1901], John O'Leary [1830-1907], the editor of the newspaper, and its
manager, O'Donovan Rossa [see his note under Tipperary]. Stephens escaped from Richmond
Gaol, with the aid of the two chief warders, who were Fenians, and, still eluding the 
authorities, crossed to Scotland in a coasting vessel, travelled to London, thence to France,
and from there to America. He announced that he intended to return to Ireland in 1866, to
head the insurrection; but the year passed and he was still in the United States. He was 
consequently deposed from his position as Head Centre, and General Massey, a soldier of
fortune, who had seen service in the civil war, was sent to Ireland. Massey arrived in Ireland
early in 1867, and after a tour of the country fixed the insurrection for March 5 of that year.
'Mr. O'Brien was appointed to command the Fenians of Cork, a city which was regarded as one
of the strongest cities of the conspiracy. But only about 1,500 men turned up at the 
appointed place of meeting on the outskirts of the city, and not more than half of them were
armed. The plan of campaign was that they should march to the Limerick Junction - a well
known railway centre in the south of Ireland - where the various contingents from various
points of the country were to be led by General Massey. On the night of March 4 Massey was
arrested at the Limerick Junction. O'Brien's party marched to Blarney - the site of the famous
castle and kissing stone. Here they halted, tore up the rails of the Great Southern and 
Western Railway, and cut the telegraph wires. They then marched to the nearest police 
quarters at Ballynockane and demanded its surrender in the name of the Irish Republic. The 
station - or "barrack," as the quarters of the Royal Irish Constabulary are called - was 
occupied by a head constable and six men, and they refused to surrender. Ultimately the 
Fenians succeeded in setting fire to the barrack. The police, to save themselves from being 
burnt to death, surrendered, and with the aid of ladders they were taken out of the building by 
the Fenians. Just then news was brought that the military were coming out from Cork, and the
Fenians dispersed. A few days later Mr. O'Brien was arrested. He was tried at Cork for high 
treason before Mr. Justice Keogh, and was convicted and sentenced to be hanged, with the 
addition, which the law enjoins in the case of high treason, of being drawn and quartered. In
any event this sentence would not have been carried out, but in the case of Mr. O'Brien the 
judge who tried him represented that there was a special ground for the clemency of the 
Crown, as during the attack on Ballynockane police barrack he had displayed great humanity in
rescuing from the burning building, before the police surrendered, the wife and children of the
head constable at the risk of his life. The sentence was accordingly commuted to penal 
servitude for life, and after a few years' imprisonment in the old Millbank Gaol - on the site of 
which the Tate Gallery now stands [now the Chelsea College of Art and Design] - he was 
released. Mr.O'Brien was an agent for wines and spirits in Dublin when, in 1885, on the 
invitation of Mr. Parnell, he entered Parliament as member for South Mayo. At "the split" of the 
Irish Parliamentary party in 1890, Mr. O'Brien sided with the majority against the retention of 
the leadership by Mr. Parnell. In the speech which he delivered in Committee Room 15 at the 
famous meetings of the Irish party to consider the question at issue between them, Mr. O'Brien
made an interesting allusion to his trial and sentence in 1867. "For myself this is the most 
anxious moment of my political life of over 40 years. Twenty three years ago I stood face to 
face with Judge Keogh in the dock at Cork. I can tell you that on that occasion my pulse was
not stirred in the slightest. I cannot say that now. This is the most wretched moment of my 
life, for I see shattered by you, Mr. Parnell, who brought us to a splendid position, all the 
hopes of Ireland." Some years later, on the reorganization of the Nationalist movement, Mr. 
O'Brien was appointed general secretary of the United Irish League of Great Britain, which has 
its headquarters in London. At the general election of 1900 he was returned for the City of 
Cork with Mr. William O'Brien, defeating Mr. Maurice Healy, previously one of the represen-
tatives of the constituency.'
John Deasy, MP for Cork City 1884-1885 and Mayo West 1885-1893
In July 1893, Deasy was charged with assaulting a servant girl at his lodgings. The following 
report appeared in 'The Illustrated Police News' of 22 July 1893:-
'At the London County Sessions, before Sir P[eter] Edlin, John Deasy, M.P. for West Mayo,
surrendered to his bail to answer the charge of assaulting Ellen Lewis. Mr. C. F. Gill appeared
for the prosecution; while Sir Edward Clarke, Q.C., and Mr. Poland defended. Mr. Gill said the
prosecutrix, a girl between sixteen and seventeen years of age, was employed as general
servant by a Mrs. Postlethwaite, of 75, Warwick-street, where the defendant lodged, 
occupying a back room on the top floor. On the evening of Sunday, June 4th, in response to
a ring, the girl went up to the defendant's room, and it was then alleged that the offence 
was committed; but Mrs. Postlethwaite coming suddenly into the room prevented anything
further occurring, and the defendant left the house that evening. The girl was in a nervous
and excited state, but Mrs. Postlethwaite appeared to have taken no steps in the matter,
and it was not until the girl had spoken to her sister, the wife of a plumber, that any steps
were taken. Ellen Lewis, the prosecutrix, was then called. She said that when she took a
candle and tumbler to Mr. Deasy's room on the evening in question he took hold of her and 
said he wanted to kiss her, and at the same time pulled her on the bed and put one hand
over her face. Just then Mrs. Postlethwaite entered and told him she would want his room
at the end of the week. On the following Tuesday the prosecutrix saw her sister and told 
her what had occurred. Mrs. Kate Edith Postlethwaite having been examined, Mr. Deasy was
sworn, and, examined by Mr. Poland, repeated the version of the incident which he gave
before the magistrate. [In a previous hearing Deasy said the girl had tripped over one of his
legs and had fallen on the bed from where he was pulling her up when Mrs.Postlethwaite
entered the room. He did admit to offering to kiss her.] Evidence as to character was called,
the witnesses being Sir Thomas Gratton Esmonde, Bart.,M.P., Sir George Penrose, formerly
High Sheriff and Mayor of Cork, and Mr. Justin McCarthy. Sir Edward Clarke addressed the
jury on behalf of the defendant. Mr. Gill having addressed the jury for the prosecution, the
judge summed up. The jury, upon their return, found a verdict of not guilty of indecent
assault, but guilty of common assault against the defendant, who was ordered to pay a
fine of £25 and costs.'
A few days after the completion of his trial, Deasy resigned his seat. He died of consumption
(i.e. tuberculosis) in February 1896, aged only 39.
Kevin Izod O'Doherty, MP for Meath North 1885-1886
 
 
The following biography appeared in the July 1973 issue of the Australian monthly magazine
"Parade":-
 
Mary Anne [other sources say Eva, which makes more sense, considering her pen-name] Kelly, 
the Irish poet whose love of country was matched only by her hatred of Britain, sat in the
Newgate Prison cell facing her fiancé Kevin O'Doherty, medical student and master of sedition.
The young woman listened calmly as O'Doherty outlined the offer made to him - he would be
pardoned if he pleaded guilty to the treason-felony charges levelled against him. But such
action would involve his friends. O'Doherty asked the lovely, raven-haired Mary: "I don't want
to lose you - ever. But I hate the idea of pleading guilty. What should I do?" It never occurred
to Mary Kelly that there could be an alternative. "Do?" she exclaimed. "Why, be a man and 
face the worst. I'll wait for you no matter how long."
'And Mary Kelly did wait, for seven long years while Kevin O'Doherty served his term of
transportation in Tasmania which included a short stretch in the soul-destroying penitentiary
at Port Arthur. In 1855, following his release, O'Doherty, although still banned from the United
Kingdom, secretly visited Ireland and took Mary just as secretly to London where they were
married by Cardinal Wiseman. After that, they fled to France. It was one of the great love
stories of the time, this match between a couple whose bonds were forged in Ireland's tragic
and bloody struggles to break her links with Britain. Having married despite the obstacles
placed in their path, the O'Dohertys returned to Australia where the former convict became a
member of the Queensland Legislative Council.
Kevin O'Doherty was born in Dublin in 1823 and after excelling in secondary studies entered 
the medical faculty of Dublin University. It was the era of that great rebel and fighter for
independence, Daniel O'Connell, who even then had thousands of Irishmen drilling to be ready
for the day when Ireland would rise against her British overlords. Spearhead of the 
independence movement was the newspaper Nation, one of whose co-founders was Charles
Gavan Duffy, who later migrated to Australia, entered politics and became Premier of Victoria.
Among those literate rebels who contributed to the Nation were young Kevin O'Doherty and
Mary Anne Kelly, a teenager whose patriotic poetry, under the pen-name of Eva, tugged at
the heart strings of her countrymen. 
'Then came the potato blight which leapt the Atlantic from America, and spreading through 
Europe, took Ireland in its grip. The potato was the staff of life in Ireland - and every crop in
the country began rotting in the ground. In five years a million Irishmen died while nearly twice
that number fled overseas from the misery and death of their native land. And out of Ireland's
torments rose the Young Ireland Party which included in its membership hot-blooded rebels
such as the Member of the House of Commons, Smith O'Brien, who led an insurrection in
Tipperary. 
'During the clash police opened fire, killing several rebels and wounding more. For his part in 
the uprising Smith O'Brien was sentenced to transportation to Tasmania. And Kevin O'Doherty
continued contributing his seditious outpourings to the Nation, at the same time writing for his
friend John Mitchel (qv) who, in 1847, founded the United Irishmen to fight for independence 
and rouse the country to armed resistance.
'When, inevitably, Mitchel too was sent off to Tasmania, O'Doherty with Richard Dalton 
Williams [1822-1862] founded the Irish Tribune which blasted England with all the seditious
vituperation at the editor's command. It ran for five hate-filled editions before the British
authorities closed it down and hauled the co-founders off to London where they were locked
up with the city's most vicious criminals in Newgate Prison. Not that the men's fires of 
patriotism were quenched, for from their cells they published a prospectus for a new weekly
to be known as the Newgate Calendar.
 
'The ambitious project, however, was quickly nipped in the bud, so the frustrated O'Doherty
and Williams decided to escape. Not that the plan succeeded, for a guard in whom they had
put their trust betrayed them and a search by prison officials uncovered a rope ladder in 
O'Doherty's cell. To the charge of treason was now added that of felony. Twice O'Doherty
was placed on trial and twice his impassioned defence on his own behalf caused the juries to
disagree. Before his third trial the Irish patriot was quietly told that if he pleaded guilty (which
would mean involving some of his friends) his pardon would be automatic.
So it came about that on August 10, 1848, O'Doherty was visited in his cell by his fiancé Mary
Anne Kelly. The lovely young poet told him to let his captors do to him what they wished. "I'll
wait for you, always," she said. So Kevin O'Doherty pleaded not guilty, a plea that was 
rejected by the third jury although it did make a recommendation for mercy. The "mercy"
consisted of being sentenced to 10 years' transportation to Tasmania.
 
'Not long before he sailed, Mary Kelly visited him, told him to be steadfast and reassured him 
that no matter how long they were parted she would still be waiting when he returned home.
Thus, as Kevin O'Doherty set out on a long voyage to Hobart [where he arrived in November 
1849], his bride-to-be returned to Ireland where her sentimental verse lamenting the fate of 
her lover aroused in her countrymen not only grief but a deep hatred of Britain.
'For a while life was kind to Kevin O'Doherty in Tasmania. He was sent to the Oatlands district
where a hero-worshipping fellow Irishman, Patrick Smith, took him into his house. O'Doherty
was even able to continue his medical studies under the direction of Dr. Edward Hall. O'Doherty
led an exemplary life, looking only to the day when he could rejoin Mary. Indeed, he set such
an example of moral character that those who knew him dubbed him St. Kevin.
'In 1850, when he was transferred to Hobart, he decided to breach regulations by visiting his 
old comrade Smith O'Brien, then a ticket-of-leave convict at New Norfolk, about 20 miles 
away. At the time O'Brien was scarcely in the good graces of Governor William Denison. When 
O'Brien had arrived in the colony the governor, as a friendly gesture, had offered him an 
immediate ticket-of-leave, but the rebel MP had rejected the offer and instead had gone to 
work stirring up other Irishmen in his community. Later, O'Brien had tried to escape but had 
been captured and promptly sent to the notorious Port Arthur penal settlement. After a taste 
of Port Arthur, he accepted his friends' advice and took the ticket-of-leave which was still on 
offer.
'So when Governor Denison heard that O'Doherty had broken parole to visit O'Brien he 
suspected the two were plotting some intrigue (which they probably were) and sentenced 
O'Doherty to three months in Port Arthur. There, O'Doherty was chained with a gang of the
toughest lags and worked at hard labour from 6 am to sunset. His treatment was exactly the 
same as that meted out to the most vicious prisoner. At the end of two weeks, Denison,
believing O'Doherty had learned his lesson, released him and even allowed him to associate 
with his old colleague of the United Irishman, John Mitchel. It was Mitchel who became
concerned with O'Doherty's deep despondency. Mitchel wrote to a friend: "There is in Ireland
a dark-eyed lady with hair like blackest midnight. In the tangle of those silken tresses she has
bound my poor friend's soul." 
'In 1854 the British Government granted an amnesty to most of the rebels of the Young Ireland
party and O'Brien and O'Doherty were given their freedom on condition they did not enter the 
the United Kingdom, which included Ireland. Kevin O'Doherty took a house near Paris and
corresponded daily with Mary Kelly. But by 1855 he knew he could wait no longer for his
marriage day. So he secretly entered Ireland and, with Mary, just as secretly crossed to 
London, where they were married by Cardinal Wiseman. The couple then fled back to France. 
There O'Doherty graduated in medicine and, when his pardon was made unconditional, he 
returned to Dublin where he set up in practice. Yet all the time his heart was in Australia. He 
never tired of talking of the wonderful country and in the end Mary agreed to migrate with him.
'After arriving in Sydney in 1862 the couple moved to the new colony of Queensland and 
settled in Brisbane. Here, O'Doherty hung his medical plate while Mary's poetic pen spoke
warmly about the land of her adoption. In 1867, O'Doherty became a member of the 
Queensland Legislative Assembly and ten years later accepted a Legislative Council seat.
 
'And then another wave of anti-Union violence rocked Ireland, caused by the inhuman 
evictions and tyranny of landlords domiciled in Britain. The new troubles came to a head with
the murder in Dublin's Phoenix Park of Lord [Frederick] Cavendish, chief secretary to Lord
Spencer, the new viceroy. Cavendish's companion, Burke, was also shot to death. The leader
of the Irish attack in the House of Commons was Charles Stewart Parnell who, aided by his
Irish supporters, was able to block the business of the House.
 
'Far away in Australia the old Irish nationalism in Kevin and Mary O'Doherty blazed anew. They
sailed immediately for their homeland and there Kevin was elected a member of the House of
Commons. He threw himself into the battle to wreck the business of the Commons and helped
Parnell fight off the libellous accusations in the forged letter of the traitor Piggott that Parnell
had condoned the Phoenix Park killings. Then the revelations of the passionate association
between Parnell and Kitty O'Shea smashed Irish hopes of independence for decades. British
puritans in the House demanded Parnell's resignation. He refused and his party split into
factions. So Kevin O'Doherty, his heart heavy, resigned his seat [not so - he simply did not
stand again at the next election], and with Mary returned to Brisbane. The old warhorse died
there on July 20, 1905. Mary joined him in death in May 1910.'
 
William James (Liam) Mellowes, MP for Meath North 1918-1922 (and also for 
Galway East)
Mellowes was a fervent Irish nationalist who was an active member of the Irish Republican 
Brotherhood and one of the founder members of the Irish Volunteers. He was arrested and
imprisoned a number of times but, after escaping from Reading Jail, he returned to Ireland
to become one of the leading commanders of the Irish forces in the 1916 Easter Rebellion.
After the failure of this rebellion, Mellowes fled to America, where he was arrested and
imprisoned without trial in the belief that he was attempting to aid the Germans during WW1.
Released at war's end, he returned to Ireland where he had in his absence been elected to
the House of Commons for both Meath North and Galway East as a Sinn Féin candidate,
although, in common with other Sinn Féin members, he never took up either of his seats at
Westminster.
Back in Ireland, his role was "Director of Supplies" (i.e. he was responsible for obtaining 
weapons) of the IRA. When the Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed in December 1921, Mellowes
considered this to be a betrayal of Ireland, and he soon became the implacable enemy of
the Treaty's supporters.
In June 1922, the Irish Civil War broke out. During the previous April, anti-Treaty forces had
occupied the Four Courts, the main court complex of Ireland, situated in Dublin. In June the
Courts were attacked by pro-Treaty forces, precipitating a week of street fighting that 
became known as the Battle of Dublin. Armed with cannons supplied by the British, the pro-
Treaty forces soon pounded the rebels into surrender, and Mellowes was captured and
imprisoned.
On 6 December 1922, a pro-Treaty member of the Dáil Éireann (the Irish Parliament) named
Sean Hales was assassinated. According to a report in "The Times" on 7 December 1922:-
'Dublin was profoundly shocked today at the news that one of the members of the new Free
State Parliament had been murdered in the city's streets, while another had been seriously
wounded.
'Mr. Sean Hales, member for West Cork, the late Michael Collins's constituency, and Mr.
Padraig O'Maille, member for Galway, who yesterday was elected Deputy-Speaker of the
new House, had luncheon together at the Ormond Hotel, Ormond Quay. At about 2.30 they
left the hotel to attend the meeting of Parliament and, having called a jaunting car, were
shaking hands with the proprietor, who is a relative of one of them, when they were 
attacked by a band of armed men who were lying in wait for them along the quays. Several
shots were fired, and Mr. Hales fell immediately, shot through the temple and the lungs. Mr.
O'Maille was wounded in the back and side, but fortunately his wounds are unlikely to prove
fatal. Both men were taken to Jervis-street Hospital, where Mr. Hales was found to be 
dead.'
Two days later, in a reprisal for the murder of Hales, Liam Mellowes and three other men 
who had been captured with him at the Four Courts, were executed by firing squad at
Mountjoy Gaol. The order for the execution was signed by Kevin O'Higgins, the Minister for 
Justice and former MP for Queen's County 1918-1922. As an indication of the bitterness 
which pervaded Ireland at that time, one of the other men executed, Rory O'Connor, had 
been best man at O'Higgins's wedding. O'Higgins was himself assassinated in 1927 - see the 
note under the page containing details of the MPs for Queen's County.
Robert Edward Dudley Ryder VC, MP for Merton and Morden 1950-1955
Ryder was a Commander in the Royal Navy when he won the Victoria Cross for his actions
in the raid on St. Nazaire on 28 March 1942. The award was gazetted on 21 May 1942, the
citation reading as follows:-
"For great gallantry in the attack on St. Nazaire.  He commanded a force of small 
unprotected ships in an attack on a heavily defended port and led H.M.S. Campbelltown in
under intense fire from short range weapons at point blank range. Though the main object
of the expedition had been accomplished in the beaching of Campbelltown, he remained on
the spot conducting operations, evacuating men from Campbelltown and dealing with strong
points and close range weapons while exposed to heavy fire for one hour and sixteen
minutes, and did not withdraw till it was certain that his ship could be of no use in rescuing
any of the Commando Troops who were still ashore. That his Motor Gun Boat, now full of
dead and wounded, should have survived and should have been able to withdraw through
an intense barrage of close range fire was almost a miracle."
Ryder was elected at the 1950 general election for Merton and Morden as a Conservative 
and sat until he retired in 1955.
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