THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
CONSTITUENCIES BEGINNING WITH "R"
Last updated 09/09/2012
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
RADCLIFFE-CUM-FARNWORTH (LANCS)
3 Dec 1885 Robert Leake 1824 1 May 1901 76
17 Jul 1895 John James Mellor 12 Aug 1830 12 Jan 1916 85
8 Oct 1900 Theodore Cooke Taylor 3 Aug 1850 19 Oct 1952 102
NAME ALTERED TO "FARNWORTH" 1918
RADNOR (RADNORSHIRE)
c Apr 1660 Robert Harley 6 Apr 1626 6 Nov 1673 47
29 Apr 1661 Sir Edward Harley 21 Oct 1624 8 Dec 1700 76
14 Oct 1679 Griffith Jones (sen) c 1630 Feb 1680
15 Nov 1680 Griffith Jones (jnr)
Marmaduke Gwynne
Double return
14 Mar 1681 Sir John Morgan,2nd baronet c 1650 10 Jan 1693
30 Mar 1685 Owen Wynne c 1638 c Nov 1688
14 Jan 1689 Richard Williams c 1654 4 Sep 1692
17 Mar 1690 Sir Rowland Gwynne [he was unseated on c 1659 24 Jan 1726
petition in favour of Robert Harley 12 Nov 1690]
12 Nov 1690 Robert Harley,later [1711] 1st Earl of Oxford 5 Dec 1661 21 May 1724 62
16 Jul 1711 Edward Harley,styled Baron Harley later [1724]
2nd Earl of Oxford 2 Jun 1689 16 Jun 1741 52
2 Feb 1715 Thomas Lewis 18 Oct 1690 5 Apr 1777 86
3 Apr 1761 Edward Lewis after 1790
Thomas Lewis 18 Oct 1690 5 Apr 1777 86
Double return. Thomas Lewis withdrew from
the contest, with the result that Edward
Lewis was declared elected 28 Nov 1761
26 Mar 1768 John Lewis [he was unseated on petition 14 Oct 1738 6 Nov 1797 59
in favour of Edward Lewis 7 Mar 1769]
7 Mar 1769 Edward Lewis after 1790
15 Oct 1774 John Lewis [he was unseated on petition 14 Oct 1738 6 Nov 1797 59
in favour of Edward Lewis 20 Feb 1775]
20 Feb 1775 Edward Lewis [at the general election held after 1790
on 20 Sep 1780, there was a double return
between Edward Lewis and John Lewis.
Edward Lewis was declared elected 1 Feb
1781]
24 Jun 1790 David Murray 10 May 1748 7 May 1794 45
21 May 1794 George Capel Coningsby,styled Viscount Malden,
later [1799] 5th Earl of Essex 13 Nov 1757 23 Apr 1839 81
18 Mar 1799 Richard Price 1773 10 Apr 1861 87
31 Jul 1847 Sir Thomas Frankland Lewis,1st baronet 14 May 1780 22 Jan 1855 74
8 Feb 1855 Sir George Cornewall Lewis,2nd baronet 21 Apr 1806 13 Apr 1863 56
25 Apr 1863 Richard Green-Price,later [1874] 1st baronet 18 Oct 1803 11 Aug 1887 83
25 Feb 1869 Spencer Compton Cavendish,styled Marquess of
Hartington,later [1891] 8th Duke of Devonshire 23 Jul 1833 24 Mar 1908 74
[at the general election in Apr 1880, he was
also returned for Lancashire North East, for
which he chose to sit]
14 May 1880 Samuel Charles Evan Williams 20 May 1842 2 Mar 1926 83
30 Oct 1884 Charles Coltman Coltman Rogers 12 May 1854 19 May 1929 75
CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 1885
RADNORSHIRE
27 Mar 1660 George Gwynne c 1623 1673
c Apr 1661 Sir Richard Lloyd 23 Feb 1606 5 May 1676 70
6 Mar 1677 Richard Williams c 1654 4 Sep 1692
4 Mar 1679 Rowland Gwynne [kt 1680] c 1658 24 Jan 1726
24 Mar 1685 Richard Williams c 1654 4 Sep 1692
17 Jan 1689 Sir Rowland Gwynne c 1658 24 Jan 1726
25 Feb 1690 Richard Williams c 1654 4 Sep 1692
29 Nov 1692 John Jeffreys c 1659 2 Oct 1715
2 Aug 1698 Thomas Harley c 1667 Jan 1738
22 Feb 1715 Richard Fowler 1681 1731 50
10 Apr 1722 Sir Humphrey Howorth c 1684 4 Feb 1755
11 Mar 1755 Howell Gwynne 16 Apr 1718 1780 62
11 Apr 1761 James Brydges,styled Marquess of Carnarvon,
later [1771] 3rd Duke of Chandos 16 Dec 1731 10 Oct 1789 57
7 Apr 1768 Chase Price c 1731 28 Jun 1777
29 Jul 1777 Thomas Johnes c 1721 May 1780
26 Jun 1780 Thomas Johnes 20 Aug 1748 23 Apr 1816 67
7 Jun 1796 Walter Wilkins 14 Nov 1741 17 Mar 1828 86
9 Apr 1828 Thomas Frankland Lewis,later [1846] 1st
baronet 14 May 1780 22 Jan 1855 74
19 Jan 1835 Walter Wilkins 13 Oct 1809 May 1840 30
10 Jun 1840 Sir John Benn Walsh,2nd baronet,later
[1868] 1st Baron Ormathwaite 9 Dec 1798 3 Feb 1881 82
29 Apr 1868 Arthur Walsh,later [1881] 2nd Baron
Ormathwaite 14 Apr 1827 27 Mar 1920 92
8 Apr 1880 Sir Richard Green-Price,1st baronet 18 Oct 1803 11 Aug 1887 83
5 Dec 1885 Arthur Henry John Walsh,later [1920] 3rd
Baron Ormathwaite 10 Apr 1859 13 Mar 1937 77
Jul 1892 Francis Edwards,later [1907] 1st baronet 28 Apr 1852 10 May 1927 75
24 Jul 1895 Powlett Charles John Milbank,later [1898] 2nd
baronet 1 May 1852 30 Jan 1918 65
10 Oct 1900 Sir Francis Edwards,1st baronet 28 Apr 1852 10 May 1927 75
19 Jan 1910 Charles Leyshon Dillwyn Venables-
Llewelyn,later [1927] 2nd baronet 29 Jun 1870 24 Jun 1951 80
Dec 1910 Sir Francis Edwards,1st baronet 28 Apr 1852 10 May 1927 75
CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 1918
RAMSEY (HUNTINGDONSHIRE)
3 Dec 1885 William Henry Fellowes,later [1887] 2nd
Baron de Ramsey 16 May 1848 8 May 1925 76
30 Aug 1887 Ailwyn Edward Fellowes,later [1921] 1st
Baron Ailwyn 10 Nov 1855 23 Sep 1924 68
17 Jan 1906 Alexander Claude Forster Boulton 1862 12 Mar 1949 86
28 Jan 1910 Oliver Stillingfleet Locker-Lampson 1880 8 Oct 1954 74
CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 1918
RATHMINES (DUBLIN COUNTY)
14 Dec 1918 Sir Maurice Edward Dockrell 21 Dec 1850 5 Aug 1929 78
CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 1922
RAVENSBOURNE
28 Feb 1974 John Leonard Hunt [kt 1989] 27 Oct 1929
CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 1997
RAYLEIGH (ESSEX)
1 May 1997 Michael Clark 8 Aug 1935
7 Jun 2001 Mark Gino Francois 14 Aug 1965
CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 2010
RAYLEIGH AND WICKFORD (ESSEX)
6 May 2010 Mark Gino Francois 14 Aug 1965
READING (BERKSHIRE)
10 Apr 1660 Thomas Rich,later [1661] 1st baronet c 1601 15 Oct 1667
John Blagrave 12 Aug 1630 9 Mar 1704 73
9 Apr 1661 Sir Thomas Dolman 13 Jan 1622 18 Jul 1697 75
Richard Aldworth c 1614 5 Oct 1680
6 Feb 1679 John Blagrave 12 Aug 1630 9 Mar 1704 73
Nathan Knight 4 Jan 1643 c Jun 1694 51
13 Mar 1685 Thomas Coates c Jun 1686
John Breedon c 1622 16 Aug 1685
Election declared void 23 Jun 1685
27 Jun 1685 Thomas Coates (to 1689) c Jun 1686
John Breedon c 1622 16 Aug 1685
17 Nov 1685 William Aldworth c 1655 26 Aug 1700
9 Jan 1689 Sir Henry Fane c 1650 12 Jan 1706
Sir William Rich,2nd baronet c 1654 3 Jul 1711
25 Jul 1698 Sir Owen Buckingham (to Nov 1701) c 1649 20 Mar 1713
John Dalby c 1651 by Oct 1720
4 Jan 1701 Francis Knollys 8 Feb 1673 23 Jul 1701 28
22 Nov 1701 Anthony Blagrave 21 Sep 1680 19 Dec 1744 64
Tanfield Vachell (to 1705) 14 Apr 1668 19 Oct 1705 37
21 Jul 1702 Sir Owen Buckingham (to 1708) c 1649 20 Mar 1713
26 Nov 1705 Sir William Rich,2nd baronet c 1654 3 Jul 1711
4 May 1708 Owen Buckingham (to 1713) 16 Dec 1674 5 Mar 1720 45
Anthony Blagrave 21 Sep 1680 19 Dec 1744 64
4 Oct 1710 John Dalby c 1651 by Oct 1720
26 Aug 1713 Robert Clarges c 1693 c Feb 1726
Felix Calvert 9 May 1664 29 Dec 1736 72
[Both members were again returned at the
general election on 1 Feb 1715,but their
elections were subsequently declared void on
30 May 1716]
6 Jun 1716 Charles Cadogan,later [1726] 2nd Baron Cadogan
(to 1722) 1685 24 Sep 1776 91
Owen Buckingham 16 Dec 1674 5 Mar 1720 45
15 Mar 1720 Richard Thompson c 1735
24 Mar 1722 Anthony Blagrave 21 Sep 1680 19 Dec 1744 64
Clement Kent 18 Apr 1683 25 Dec 1746 63
16 Aug 1727 Richard Potenger (to 1739) c 1690 26 Nov 1739
Richard Thompson c 1735
23 Apr 1734 Henry Grey (to 1740) 17 Aug 1683 9 Sep 1740 57
6 Dec 1739 John Blagrave (to 1747) 11 Feb 1713 9 Dec 1787 74
26 Nov 1740 William Strode [he was unseated on petition c 1712 29 Apr 1755
in favour of John Dodd 17 Feb 1741]
17 Feb 1741 John Dodd 24 Sep 1717 9 Feb 1782 64
4 May 1741 William Strode c 1712 29 Apr 1755
29 Jun 1747 John Conyers 13 Dec 1717 8 Sep 1775 57
Richard Neville Aldworth (Neville from 1762) 3 Sep 1717 17 Jul 1793 75
18 Apr 1754 William Strode c 1712 29 Apr 1755
Charles Fane,2nd Viscount Fane [I] (to 1761) after 1708 24 Jan 1766
19 Nov 1755 John Dodd (to 1782) 24 Sep 1717 9 Feb 1782 64
25 Mar 1761 Sir Francis Knollys,1st baronet c 1722 29 Jun 1772
16 Mar 1768 Henry Vansittart 3 Jun 1732 c Jan 1770 37
For further information on this MP,see the
note at the foot of this page
7 Oct 1774 Francis Annesley (to 1806) 2 May 1734 17 Apr 1812 77
21 Feb 1782 Richard Aldworth-Neville (Griffin from 1797),
later [1797] 2nd Baron Braybrooke 29 Jun 1750 28 Feb 1825 74
5 Jun 1797 John Simeon 18 Mar 1756 4 Feb 1824 67
5 Jul 1802 Charles Shaw Lefevre (to 1820) 20 Sep 1759 27 Apr 1823 63
29 Oct 1806 John Simeon 18 Mar 1756 4 Feb 1824 67
19 Jun 1818 Charles Fyshe Palmer (to 1826) c 1771 24 Jan 1843
16 Mar 1820 John Berkeley Monck (to 1830) 19 Sep 1769 13 Dec 1834 65
20 Jun 1826 George Spence [his name was erased from 1787 12 Dec 1850 63
the return and that of Charles Fyshe
Palmer substituted 26 Mar 1827]
For further information on the death of this MP,
see the note at the foot of the page
26 Mar 1827 Charles Fyshe Palmer (to 1835) c 1770 24 Jan 1843
12 Aug 1830 Charles Russell (to 1837) 22 Jul 1786 15 May 1856 69
For further information on the death of this MP,
see the note at the foot of the page
8 Jan 1835 Thomas Noon Talfourd [kt 1850] (to 1841) 26 May 1795 13 Mar 1854 58
25 Jul 1837 Charles Fyshe Palmer c 1770 24 Jan 1843
30 Jun 1841 Charles Russell 22 Jul 1786 15 May 1856 69
Henry Charles Cadogan,styled Viscount Chelsea,
later [1864] 4th Earl Cadogan 15 Feb 1812 8 Jun 1873 61
31 Jul 1847 Francis Pigott (to Nov 1860) 1809 21 Jan 1863 53
Thomas Noon Talfourd [kt 1850] 26 May 1795 13 Mar 1854 58
8 Aug 1849 John Frederick Stanford 1815 2 Dec 1880 65
8 Jul 1852 Henry Singer Keating [kt 1857] 1804 1 Oct 1888 84
11 Jan 1860 Sir Francis Henry Goldsmid,2nd baronet 1 May 1808 2 May 1878 70
(to 1878)
21 Nov 1860 Gillery Pigott [kt 1863] 1813 28 Apr 1875 61
17 Oct 1863 George John Shaw-Lefevre,later [1906] 1st
Baron Eversley (to 1885) 12 Jun 1831 19 Apr 1928 96
19 May 1878 George Palmer 18 Jan 1818 19 Aug 1897 79
REPRESENTATION REDUCED
TO ONE MEMBER 1885
25 Nov 1885 Charles Townshend Murdoch 1837 8 Jul 1898 61
Jul 1892 George William Palmer 23 May 1851 8 Oct 1913 62
15 Jul 1895 Charles Townshend Murdoch 1837 8 Jul 1898 61
25 Jul 1898 George William Palmer 23 May 1851 8 Oct 1913 62
6 Aug 1904 Rufus Daniel Isaacs,later [1926] 1st Marquess
of Reading 10 Oct 1860 30 Dec 1935 75
8 Nov 1913 Leslie Orme Wilson [kt 1929] 1 Aug 1876 29 Sep 1955 79
15 Nov 1922 Edward Cecil George Cadogan [kt 1939] 15 Nov 1880 13 Sep 1962 81
6 Dec 1923 Somerville Hastings 4 Mar 1878 7 Jul 1967 89
29 Oct 1924 Herbert Geraint Williams [kt 1939],later [1953]
1st baronet 2 Dec 1884 25 Jul 1954 69
30 May 1929 Somerville Hastings 4 Mar 1878 7 Jul 1967 89
27 Oct 1931 Alfred Bakewell Howitt [kt 1945] 11 Feb 1879 8 Dec 1954 75
26 Jul 1945 Ian Mikardo 9 Jul 1908 6 May 1993 84
SPLIT INTO NTH & STH DIVISIONS 1950,
BUT RE-UNITED 1955
26 May 1955 Ian Mikardo 9 Jul 1908 6 May 1993 84
8 Oct 1959 Peter Frank Hannibal Emery [kt 1982] 27 Feb 1926 9 Dec 2004 78
31 Mar 1966 John Michael Hubert Lee 13 Aug 1927
18 Jun 1970 Gerard Folliott Vaughan [kt 1984] 11 Jun 1923 29 Jul 2003 80
AGAIN SPLIT INTO NORTH &
SOUTH DIVISIONS FEB 1974
READING EAST
9 Jun 1983 Gerard Folliott Vaughan [kt 1984] 11 Jun 1923 29 Jul 2003 80
1 May 1997 Jane Patricia Griffiths 17 Apr 1954
5 May 2005 Robert Wilson 4 Jan 1965
READING NORTH
23 Feb 1950 Ronald William Gordon Mackay 3 Sep 1902 15 Jan 1960 57
25 Oct 1951 Frederic Mackarness Bennett [kt 1964] 2 Dec 1918 14 Sep 2002 83
CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 1955,
BUT REVIVED 1974
28 Feb 1974 Robert Anthony Bevis Durant [kt 1991] 9 Jan 1928
CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 1983
READING SOUTH
23 Feb 1950 Ian Mikardo 9 Jul 1908 6 May 1993 84
CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 1955,
BUT REVIVED 1974
28 Feb 1974 Gerard Folliott Vaughan [kt 1984] 11 Jun 1923 29 Jul 2003 80
CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 1983
READING WEST
9 Jun 1983 Robert Anthony Bevis Durant [kt 1991] 9 Jan 1928
1 May 1997 Martin John Salter 19 Apr 1954
6 May 2010 Alok Sharma 7 Sep 1967
REDCAR (CLEVELAND)
28 Feb 1974 James Tinn 23 Aug 1922 18 Nov 1999 77
11 Jun 1987 Marjorie Mowlam 18 Sep 1949 19 Aug 2005 55
7 Jun 2001 Vera Baird 13 Feb 1951
6 May 2010 Ian Cameron Swales 5 Apr 1953
REDDITCH
1 May 1997 Jacqueline Jill Smith 3 Nov 1962
6 May 2010 Karen Jane Elizabeth Lumley 28 Mar 1964
REGENT'S PARK AND KENSINGTON NORTH
1 May 1997 Karen Patricia Buck 30 Aug 1958
CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 2010
REIGATE (SURREY)
9 Apr 1660 John Hele 3 Mar 1626 25 Jan 1661 34
Edward Thurland (to 1673) 22 Feb 1607 14 Jan 1683 75
22 Mar 1661 Roger James (to 1681) c 1620 25 Jul 1700
31 Jan 1673 Sir John Werden,1st baronet 25 Mar 1640 29 Oct 1716 76
Election declared void 6 Feb 1673. At the
subsequent by-election held on 11 Feb 1673,
Werden was again elected
10 Feb 1679 Deane Goodwin 14 Jan 1658 13 May 1692 34
10 Oct 1679 Ralph Freeman [he was unseated on petition c 1655 Aug 1686
in favour of Deane Goodwin 9 Dec 1680]
9 Dec 1680 Deane Goodwin (to 1685) 14 Jan 1658 13 May 1692 34
9 Feb 1681 Ralph Freeman c 1655 Aug 1686
27 Mar 1685 Sir John Werden,1st baronet 25 Mar 1640 29 Oct 1716 76
Sir John Parsons [kt 1687] [following the 28 Aug 1639 25 Jan 1717 77
general election in Jan 1689,he was unseated
on petition in favour of Thomas Vincent on
1 Mar 1689]
11 Jan 1689 Roger James (to 1690) c 1620 25 Jul 1700
1 Mar 1689 Thomas Vincent c 1660 31 Aug 1700
27 Feb 1690 Sir John Parsons 28 Aug 1639 25 Jan 1717 77
John Parsons 18 Nov 1667 by May 1706
22 Jul 1698 Stephen Hervey (to 1707) 20 Oct 1655 24 May 1707 51
Edward Thurland c 1669 Dec 1731
3 Jan 1701 Sir John Parsons (to 1717) 28 Aug 1639 25 Jan 1717 77
29 Nov 1707 James Cocks c 1685 26 May 1750
6 Oct 1710 John Ward 26 Jun 1682 30 Jul 1755 73
26 Aug 1713 James Cocks (to 1747) c 1685 26 May 1750
15 Mar 1717 William Jordan c 1665 7 Apr 1720
21 Apr 1720 Thomas Jordan c 1689 20 Jul 1750
28 Mar 1722 Sir Joseph Jekyll c 1662 19 Aug 1738
16 Feb 1739 John Hervey 25 Jun 1696 30 Jul 1764 68
2 May 1741 Philip Yorke,later [1764] 2nd Earl of Hardwicke
(to Dec 1747) [at the general election in 9 Dec 1720 16 May 1790 69
Jun 1747,Yorke was also returned for
Cambridgeshire,for which he chose to sit]
26 Jun 1747 Charles Cocks,later [1772] 1st baronet and
[1784] 1st Baron Somers (to 1784) 29 Jun 1725 30 Jan 1806 80
7 Dec 1747 Charles Yorke 30 Dec 1722 20 Jan 1770 47
16 Mar 1768 John Yorke 27 Aug 1728 4 Sep 1801 73
31 Mar 1784 William Bellingham,later [1796] 1st baronet c 1755 27 Oct 1826
(to 1789)
Edward Leeds 30 Nov 1728 22 Mar 1803 74
4 Jun 1787 Reginald Pole-Carew (to 1790) 28 Jul 1753 3 Jan 1835 81
18 Aug 1789 Samuel Hood,Baron Hood [I],later [1796] 1st
Viscount Hood 12 Dec 1724 27 Jan 1816 91
19 Jun 1790 John Sommers Cocks,later [1821] 1st Earl Somers 6 May 1760 5 Jan 1841 80
Joseph Sydney Yorke [kt 1805] (to Nov 1806) 6 Jun 1768 5 May 1831 62
For further information on the death of this
MP, see the note at the foot of this page
17 Feb 1806 Philip James Cocks 2 Dec 1774 1 Apr 1857 82
1 Nov 1806 Edward Charles Cocks (to 1812) 27 Jul 1786 8 Oct 1812 26
Philip Yorke,styled Viscount Royston 7 May 1784 7 Apr 1808 23
For further information on the death of this
MP, see the note at the foot of this page
28 May 1808 James Cocks (to 1818) 14 Aug 1773 16 Jan 1854 80
6 Oct 1812 John Somers Cocks,later [1841] 2nd Earl Somers 19 Mar 1788 5 Oct 1852 64
16 Jun 1818 Sir Joseph Sydney Yorke (to Jul 1831) 6 Jun 1768 5 May 1831 62
For further information on the death of this
MP, see the note at the foot of this page
James Somers Cocks 9 Jan 1790 5 Jul 1856 66
28 Feb 1823 James Cocks 14 Aug 1773 16 Jan 1854 80
30 Apr 1831 Joseph Yorke (to 1832) 11 Jan 1807 4 Feb 1889 82
13 Jul 1831 Charles Philip Yorke,later [1834] 4th Earl of
Hardwicke 2 Apr 1799 17 Sep 1873 74
REPRESENTATION REDUCED
TO ONE MEMBER 1832
10 Dec 1832 John Somers-Cocks,styled Viscount Eastnor,
later [1841] 2nd Earl Somers 19 Mar 1788 5 Oct 1852 64
3 Feb 1841 Charles Somers-Cocks,styled Viscount Eastnor,
later [1852] 3rd Earl Somers 14 Jul 1819 26 Sep 1883 64
28 Jul 1847 Thomas Somers-Cocks 1815 30 Aug 1899 84
28 Mar 1857 William Hackblock 1805 2 Jan 1858 52
6 Feb 1858 Sir Henry Creswicke Rawlinson,later [1891]
1st baronet 11 Apr 1810 5 Mar 1895 84
23 Oct 1858 William John Monson,later [1862] 7th Baron
Monson and [1886] 1st Viscount Oxenbridge 18 Feb 1829 16 Apr 1898 69
6 Feb 1863 Granville William Gresham Leveson-Gower 25 Feb 1838 30 May 1895 57
[following the general election in Jul 1865,
his election was declared void 16 Apr 1866.
No writ was issued to replace him and the
seat was disenfranchised under the Reform
Act 1867]
CONSTITUENCY DISENFRANCHISED 1867,
BUT REVIVED 1885
2 Dec 1885 Sir James John Trevor Lawrence,2nd
baronet 30 Dec 1831 22 Dec 1913 81
Jul 1892 Henry Cubitt,later [1917] 2nd Baron Ashcombe 14 Mar 1867 27 Oct 1947 80
20 Jan 1906 Harry Cunningham Brodie 18 Jan 1875 27 Feb 1956 81
24 Jan 1910 Richard Hamilton Rawson 21 Feb 1863 18 Oct 1918 55
14 Dec 1918 George Kynaston Cockerill [kt 1926] 13 Aug 1867 19 Apr 1957 89
27 Oct 1931 Gordon Cosmo Touche,later [1962] 1st
baronet 8 Jul 1895 19 May 1972 76
23 Feb 1950 John Kenyon Vaughan-Morgan,later [1960] 1st
baronet and [1970] Baron Reigate [L] 2 Feb 1905 26 Jan 1995 89
18 Jun 1970 Sir Richard Edward Geoffrey Howe,later [1992]
Baron Howe of Aberavon [L] 20 Dec 1926
28 Feb 1974 George Arthur Gardiner [kt 1990] 3 Mar 1935 16 Nov 2002 67
1 May 1997 Crispin Jeremy Rupert Blunt 15 Jul 1960
RENFREWSHIRE
15 Jun 1708 Sir John Shaw,3rd baronet c 1679 5 Apr 1752
23 Oct 1710 Sir Robert Pollock,1st baronet c 1665 22 Aug 1735
25 Apr 1722 Thomas Cochrane 23 Jul 1691 27 Jun 1778 86
21 Sep 1727 Sir John Shaw,3rd baronet c 1679 5 Apr 1752
30 May 1734 Alexander Cuninghame c 1689 1 Sep 1742
23 Dec 1742 William Mure late 1718 25 Mar 1776 57
16 Apr 1761 Patrick Crauford c 1704 10 Jan 1778
7 Apr 1768 William McDowall c 1719 29 Nov 1784
24 Oct 1774 John Crauford c 1742 26 May 1814
30 Sep 1780 John Shaw-Stewart,later [1796] 4th baronet 1739 7 Aug 1812 73
21 Aug 1783 William McDowall c 1749 3 Apr 1810
19 Oct 1786 John Shaw-Stewart,later [1796] 4th baronet 1739 7 Aug 1812 73
13 Jun 1796 Boyd Alexander Jan 1758 15 Jul 1825 67
23 Jul 1802 William McDowall c 1749 3 Apr 1810
2 May 1810 Archibald Speirs 10 Feb 1758 2 Nov 1832 74
4 Jul 1818 John Maxwell,later [1844] 8th baronet 12 May 1791 6 Jun 1865 74
9 Aug 1830 Sir Michael Shaw-Stewart,6th baronet 4 Oct 1788 19 Dec 1836 48
30 Jan 1837 George Houstoun 31 Jul 1810 14 Sep 1843 33
12 Jul 1841 Patrick Maxwell Stewart 1795 30 Oct 1846 51
9 Dec 1846 William Mure 9 Jul 1799 1 Apr 1860 60
14 May 1855 Sir Michael Robert Shaw Stewart,7th
baronet 26 Nov 1826 10 Dec 1903 77
19 Jul 1865 Archibald Alexander Speirs 1840 30 Dec 1868 28
25 Jan 1869 Henry Austin Bruce,later [1873] 1st
Baron Aberdare 16 Apr 1815 25 Feb 1895 79
13 Sep 1873 Archibald Campbell Campbell,later [1880] 1st
baronet and [1892] 1st Baron Blythswood 22 Feb 1837 8 Jul 1908 71
7 Feb 1874 William Mure 9 May 1830 9 Nov 1880 50
29 Jul 1880 Alexander Crum 1828 23 Aug 1893 65
COUNTY SPLIT INTO EAST &
WEST DIVISIONS 1885
RENFREWSHIRE EAST
5 Dec 1885 James Finlayson 1823 17 Feb 1903 79
14 Jul 1886 Michael Hugh Shaw-Stewart,later [1903] 8th
baronet 11 Jul 1854 29 Jun 1942 87
25 Jan 1906 Robert Laidlaw [kt 1909] 15 Jan 1856 3 Nov 1915 59
25 Jan 1910 John Gilmour,later [1920] 2nd baronet 27 May 1876 30 Mar 1940 63
14 Dec 1918 Joseph Johnstone 1860 13 Jan 1931 70
15 Nov 1922 Robert Nichol 12 Feb 1890 16 Apr 1925 35
29 Oct 1924 Alexander Munro MacRobert 5 Mar 1873 18 Oct 1930 57
In late 1925 MacRobert was appointed Solicitor-
General for Scotland. As a result of being
appointed to an office of profit under the Crown,
he was required to seek re-election in his seat.
Voting took place on 29 Jan 1926 and he was
again returned. This by-election is notable as
being the last occasion upon which a ministerial
appointment caused a by-election
28 Nov 1930 Douglas Douglas-Hamilton,styled Marquess of
Douglas and Clydesdale,later [1940] 14th Duke
of Hamilton and 11th Duke of Brandon 3 Feb 1903 30 Mar 1973 70
9 May 1940 Ernest Guy Richard Lloyd [kt 1953],later [1960]
1st baronet 7 Aug 1890 22 Sep 1987 97
8 Oct 1959 Margaret Betty Harvie-Anderson,later [1979]
Baroness Skrimshire of Quarter [L] 12 Aug 1913 7 Nov 1979 66
3 May 1979 John Allan Stewart 1 Jun 1942
CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 1983
BUT REVIVED 2005
5 May 2005 James Murphy 23 Aug 1967
RENFREWSHIRE WEST
2 Dec 1885 Sir Archibald Campbell Campbell,later [1892] 1st
Baron Blythswood 22 Feb 1837 8 Jul 1908 71
Jul 1892 Charles Bine Renshaw,later [1903] 1st baronet 9 Dec 1848 6 Mar 1918 69
19 Jan 1906 Sir Thomas Glen Glen-Coats,1st baronet 19 Feb 1846 12 Jul 1922 76
21 Jan 1910 James William Greig [kt 1921] 31 Jan 1859 10 Jun 1934 75
15 Nov 1922 Robert Murray 30 Jun 1869 9 Aug 1950 81
29 Oct 1924 Archibald Douglas MacInnes Shaw [kt 1953] 15 Mar 1895 10 Jun 1957 62
30 May 1929 Robert Forgan 10 Mar 1891 8 Jan 1976 84
27 Oct 1931 Henry James Scrymgeour-Wedderburn,
later [1953] 11th Earl of Dundee 3 May 1902 29 Jun 1983 81
26 Jul 1945 Thomas Scollan 1882 c 1974
23 Feb 1950 John Scott Maclay,later [1964] 1st Viscount
Muirshiel 26 Oct 1905 17 Aug 1992 86
15 Oct 1964 Norman Findlay Buchan 27 Oct 1922 23 Oct 1990 67
NAME ALTERED TO "RENFREWSHIRE WEST
& INVERCLYDE" 1983,BUT REVERTED 1997
1 May 1997 Thomas Graham 5 Dec 1943
7 Jun 2001 James Sheridan 24 Nov 1952
CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 2005
RENFREWSHIRE WEST & INVERCLYDE
9 Jun 1983 Anna Anderson McCurley 18 Jan 1943
11 Jun 1987 Thomas Graham 5 Dec 1943
NAME ALTERED TO "RENFREWSHIRE
WEST" 1997
RHONDDA (GLAMORGANSHIRE)
3 Dec 1885 William Abraham 14 Jun 1842 14 May 1922 79
CONSTITUENCY SPLIT INTO EAST &
WEST DIVISIONS 1918,RE-UNITED 1974
28 Feb 1974 Trevor Alec Jones 12 Aug 1924
9 Jun 1983 Allan Ralph Rogers 24 Oct 1932
7 Jun 2001 Christopher John Bryant 11 Jan 1962
RHONDDA EAST (GLAMORGANSHIRE)
14 Dec 1918 David Watts Morgan 18 Dec 1867 23 Feb 1933 65
28 Mar 1933 William Henry Mainwaring 14 Apr 1884 18 May 1971 87
8 Oct 1959 Gwilym Elfed Davies,later [1974] Baron Davies
of Penrhys [L] 9 Oct 1913 28 Apr 1992 78
CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED FEB 1974
RHONDDA WEST (GLAMORGANSHIRE)
14 Dec 1918 William Abraham 14 Jun 1842 14 May 1922 79
21 Dec 1920 William John 6 Oct 1878 27 Aug 1955 76
23 Feb 1950 Iorwerth Rhys Thomas 22 Jan 1895 3 Dec 1966 71
9 Mar 1967 Trevor Alec Jones 12 Aug 1924
CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED FEB 1974
RIBBLE VALLEY (LANCASHIRE)
9 Jun 1983 David Charles Waddington,later [1990]
Baron Waddington [L] 2 Aug 1929
7 Mar 1991 Michael Carr 31 Jan 1946
9 Apr 1992 Nigel Martin Evans 10 Nov 1957
RICHMOND (SURREY)
14 Dec 1918 Clifford Blackburn Edgar 1857 20 Mar 1931 73
15 Nov 1922 Harry Thomas Alfred Becker 16 Jun 1892 6 Mar 1980 87
29 Oct 1924 Sir Newton James Moore 17 May 1870 28 Oct 1936 66
13 Apr 1932 Sir William Ray 17 Feb 1876 30 Sep 1937 61
25 Feb 1937 George Steven Harvie-Watt,later [1945]
1st baronet 23 Aug 1903 18 Dec 1989 86
8 Oct 1959 Anthony Henry Fanshawe Royle [kt 1974],later
[1983] Baron Fanshaw of Richmond [L] 27 Mar 1927 28 Dec 2001 74
NAME ALTERED TO "RICHMOND
& BARNES" 1983
RICHMOND (YORKSHIRE)
3 Apr 1660 James Darcy 30 Nov 1617 late 1673 56
Sir Christopher Wyvill,3rd baronet 6 Dec 1614 8 Feb 1681 66
9 Apr 1661 Sir John Yorke (to 1664) c 1634 1 Apr 1663
Joseph Cradock [he was unseated on c 1605 6 Apr 1686
petition in favour of John Wandesford
17 Jan 1662]
17 Jan 1662 John Wandesford (to 1665) c 1632 2 Dec 1664
9 Apr 1664 Sir William Killigrew (to 1679) 28 May 1606 17 Oct 1695 89
9 Feb 1665 Marmaduke Darcy 4 Jun 1615 3 Jul 1687 72
13 Feb 1679 Thomas Cradock 8 Apr 1633 25 Feb 1690 56
Humphrey Wharton (to 1685) Feb 1626 24 Aug 1694 68
11 Feb 1681 John Darcy (to Feb 1689) [at the general 5 Nov 1659 6 Jan 1689 29
election held on 10 Jan 1689,Darcy was again
returned,notwithstanding that he had died
four days earlier]
25 Mar 1685 Thomas Cradock 8 Apr 1633 25 Feb 1690 56
10 Jan 1689 Thomas Yorke (to 1690) 29 Jun 1658 16 Nov 1716 58
15 Feb 1689 Philip Darcy 1 May 1661 mid 1694 33
25 Feb 1690 Sir Mark Milbanke,2nd baronet by 1660 May 1698
Theodore Bathurst c 1646 early 1697
25 Oct 1695 Thomas Yorke (to 1710) 29 Jun 1658 16 Nov 1716 58
Sir Marmaduke Wyvill,5th baronet c 1666 2 Nov 1722
27 Jul 1698 James Darcy,later [1721] 1st Baron Darcy
of Navan [I] 21 Aug 1650 19 Jul 1731 80
25 Nov 1701 John Hutton 14 Jul 1659 2 Mar 1731 71
21 Jul 1702 James Darcy,later [1721] 1st Baron Darcy
of Navan [I] 21 Aug 1650 19 Jul 1731 80
14 May 1705 Wharton Dunch by 1679 22 Sep 1705
6 Dec 1705 William Walsh 6 Oct 1662 16 Mar 1708 45
10 May 1708 Harry Mordaunt (to 1720) 29 Mar 1663 4 Jan 1720 56
11 Oct 1710 John Yorke 16 Dec 1685 14 Jul 1757 71
3 Sep 1713 Thomas Yorke 29 Jun 1658 16 Nov 1716 58
5 Mar 1717 John Yorke (to 1727) 16 Dec 1685 14 Jul 1757 71
25 Jan 1720 Richard Abell c 1688 after 1744
17 Mar 1722 Conyers Darcy [kt 1725] c 1685 1 Dec 1758
24 Aug 1727 Charles Bathurst c 1703 24 Sep 1743
Sir Marmaduke Wyvill,6th baronet 1692 27 Dec 1754 62
[Both members were unseated on petition in
favour of Sir Conyers Darcy and John Yorke
14 Mar 1728]
14 Mar 1728 Sir Conyers Darcy [at the general election in c 1685 1 Dec 1758
Jun 1747,Darcy was also returned for
Yorkshire,for which he chose to sit]
John Yorke (to 1757) 16 Dec 1685 14 Jul 1757 71
11 Dec 1747 William Henry Kerr,styled Earl of Ancram,
later [1767] 4th Marquess of Lothian (to 1763) c 1710 12 Apr 1775
14 Dec 1757 Thomas Yorke 19 May 1688 26 Mar 1768 79
30 Mar 1761 Sir Ralph Milbanke,5th baronet (to 1768) c 1721 8 Jan 1798
16 Mar 1763 Thomas Dundas,later [1781] 2nd baronet
and [1794] 1st Baron Dundas 16 Feb 1741 14 Jun 1820 79
21 Mar 1768 Sir Lawrence Dundas [he was also returned c 1710 21 Sep 1781
for Edinburgh,for which he chose to sit]
Alexander Wedderburn,later [1801] 1st
Earl of Rosslyn (to 1769) 13 Feb 1733 2 Jan 1805 71
21 Nov 1768 William Norton,later [1789] 2nd Baron
Grantley (to 1774) 19 Feb 1742 12 Nov 1822 80
26 May 1769 Charles John Crowle c 1738 7 Mar 1811
12 Oct 1774 Sir Lawrence Dundas (to Dec 1775) [he was c 1710 21 Sep 1781
also returned for Edinburgh,for which he
chose to sit]
Thomas Dundas,later [1781] 2nd baronet
and [1794] 1st Baron Dundas [he was 16 Feb 1741 14 Jun 1820 79
also returned for Stirlingshire,for which he
chose to sit]
6 Jan 1775 Charles Dundas,later [1832] 1st Baron Amesbury
(to 1780) 5 Aug 1751 30 Jun 1832 80
19 Dec 1775 William Norton,later [1789] 2nd Baron
Grantley 19 Feb 1742 12 Nov 1822 80
11 Sep 1780 Sir Lawrence Dundas [he was also returned c 1710 21 Sep 1781
for Edinburgh,for which he chose to sit]
James Graham,styled Marquess of Graham,later
[1790] 3rd Duke of Montrose (to 1784) 8 Sep 1755 30 Dec 1836 81
9 Apr 1781 George Fitzwilliam 28 Feb 1757 6 May 1786 29
2 Apr 1784 Murrough O'Brien,5th Earl of Inchiquin [I],
later [1800] 1st Marquess of Thomond 1726 10 Feb 1808 81
(to 1796)
Charles Dundas,later [1832] 1st Baron Amesbury 5 Aug 1751 30 Jun 1832 80
7 Feb 1786 Grey Cooper c 1726 30 Jul 1801
22 Jun 1790 Lawrence Dundas,later [1820] 2nd Baron
Dundas and [1838] 1st Earl of Zetland 10 Apr 1766 19 Feb 1839 72
(to 1802) 10 Apr 1766 19 Feb 1839 72
30 May 1796 Charles George Beauclerk 20 Jan 1774 25 Dec 1845 71
3 Dec 1798 Arthur Shakespeare (to 1808) c 1748 12 Jun 1818
7 Jul 1802 George Heneage Lawrence Dundas 8 Sep 1778 7 Oct 1834 56
24 Feb 1806 Charles Lawrence Dundas (to 1810) 18 Jul 1771 25 Jan 1810 38
13 Jul 1808 Lawrence Dundas,later [1820] 2nd Baron
Dundas and [1838] 1st Earl of Zetland 10 Apr 1766 19 Feb 1839 72
(to Jan 1812) 10 Apr 1766 19 Feb 1839 72
16 Feb 1810 Robert Chaloner (to 1818) 23 Sep 1776 7 Oct 1842 66
21 Jan 1812 George Heneage Lawrence Dundas 8 Sep 1778 7 Oct 1834 56
9 Oct 1812 Dudley North (Long-North from Dec 1812) 14 Mar 1748 21 Feb 1829 80
19 Jun 1818 James Maitland,styled Viscount Maitland,
later [1839] 9th Earl of Lauderdale [S] 12 Feb 1784 22 Aug 1860 76
Thomas Dundas,later [1839] 2nd Earl
of Zetland (to 1830) 5 Feb 1795 6 May 1873 78
10 Mar 1820 Samuel Barrett Moulton-Barrett 31 Mar 1787 23 Dec 1837 50
8 Feb 1828 Sir Robert Lawrence Dundas (to 1835) 27 Jul 1780 23 Nov 1844 64
2 Aug 1830 John Charles Dundas 21 Aug 1808 14 Feb 1866 57
6 Jan 1835 Thomas Dundas,later [1839] 2nd Earl
of Zetland 5 Feb 1795 6 May 1873 78
Alexander Speirs (to Feb 1841)
12 Mar 1839 Sir Robert Lawrence Dundas
(to Jun 1841) 27 Jul 1780 23 Nov 1844 64
16 Feb 1841 George Wentworth Fitzwilliam 3 May 1817 4 Mar 1874 56
30 Jun 1841 John Charles Dundas (to 1847) 21 Aug 1808 14 Feb 1866 57
William Nicholas Ridley Colborne 24 Jul 1814 23 Mar 1846 31
8 Apr 1846 Henry Rich.later [1863] 1st baronet
(to 1861) 1797 5 Nov 1869 72
29 Jul 1847 Marmaduke Wyvill (to 1865) 22 Dec 1815 25 Jun 1896 80
9 Jul 1861 Sir Roundell Palmer,later [1872] 1st Baron
Selborne and [1882] 1st Earl of Selborne 27 Nov 1812 6 May 1895 82
(to 1872)
11 Jul 1865 John Charles Dundas 21 Aug 1808 14 Feb 1866 57
6 Mar 1866 Marmaduke Wyvill 22 Dec 1815 25 Jun 1896 80
REPRESENTATION REDUCED
TO ONE MEMBER 1868
7 Nov 1872 Lawrence Dundas,later [1873] 3rd Earl of
Zetland and [1892] 1st Marquess of Zetland 16 Aug 1844 11 Mar 1929 84
27 May 1873 John Charles Dundas 21 Sep 1845 13 Sep 1892 46
5 Dec 1885 Sir Frederick Acclom Milbank,1st baronet 21 Apr 1820 28 Apr 1898 78
15 Jul 1886 George William Elliot,later [1893] 2nd baronet 13 May 1844 15 Nov 1895 51
23 Jul 1895 John Hutton 10 Jan 1847 19 Dec 1921 74
25 Jan 1906 Francis Dyke Acland,later [1926] 14th
baronet 7 Mar 1874 9 Jun 1939 65
21 Jan 1910 William George Algar Orde-Powlett,
later [1922] 5th Baron Bolton 21 Aug 1869 11 Dec 1944 75
14 Dec 1918 Murrough John Wilson [kt 1927] 14 Sep 1875 30 Apr 1946 70
30 May 1929 Thomas Lionel Dugdale,later [1945] 1st baronet
and [1959] 1st Baron Crathorne 20 Jul 1897 26 Mar 1977 79
8 Oct 1959 Timothy Peter Geoffrey Kitson [kt 1974] 28 Jan 1931
9 Jun 1983 Leon Brittan,later [2000] Baron Brittan
of Spennithorne [L] 25 Sep 1939
23 Feb 1989 William Jefferson Hague 26 Mar 1961
RICHMOND & BARNES (LONDON)
9 Jun 1983 Jeremy James Hanley [kt 1997] 17 Nov 1945
CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 1997
RICHMOND PARK
1 May 1997 Jennifer Louise Tonge,later [2005]
Baroness Tonge [L] 19 Feb 1941
5 May 2005 Susan Veronica Kramer,later [2010] Baroness
Kramer [L] 22 Jul 1950
6 May 2010 Frank Zacharias Robin Goldsmith 20 Jan 1975
RIPON (YORKSHIRE)
2 Apr 1660 Henry Arthington 1 Jan 1616 19 Jun 1671 55
Sir Edmund Jennings 30 Nov 1626 Sep 1691 64
John Lambert
Double return. Arthington and Jennings
seated 3 May 1660
c Apr 1661 Sir John Nicholas (to Feb 1679) 19 Jan 1624 9 Jan 1705 80
Thomas Burwell c 1603 25 Mar 1673
27 Mar 1673 Sir Edmund Jennings (to Aug 1679) 30 Nov 1626 Sep 1691 64
11 Feb 1679 Richard Sterne (to 1685) c 1641 29 Jan 1716
26 Aug 1679 Christopher Wandesford,later [1707] 1st
Viscount Castlecomer 19 Aug 1656 15 Sep 1707 51
20 Mar 1685 Gilbert Dolben,later [1704] 1st baronet c 1658 22 Oct 1722
Sir Edmund Jennings 30 Nov 1626 Sep 1691 64
11 Jan 1689 Sir Edward Blackett,2nd baronet 25 Oct 1649 22 Apr 1718 68
Sir Jonathan Jennings (to 1695) 25 Apr 1633 27 Jan 1707 73
28 Feb 1690 Sir Edmund Jennings 30 Nov 1626 Sep 1691 64
30 Oct 1691 Jonathan Jennings (to 1701) c 1655 Jun 1701
26 Oct 1695 John Aislabie (to 1702) 4 Dec 1670 18 Jun 1742 71
24 Nov 1701 John Sharp (to 1715) 18 Jun 1678 9 Mar 1727 48
20 Jul 1702 Sir William Hustler c 1658 20 Aug 1730
14 May 1705 John Aislabie (to 1721) [expelled 8 Mar 1721] 4 Dec 1670 18 Jun 1742 71
4 Feb 1715 Christopher Wandesford,2nd Viscount
Castlecomer [I] 2 Mar 1684 23 Jun 1719 35
5 Dec 1719 William Aislabie (to 1722) 3 Dec 1671 10 Nov 1725
1 Apr 1721 William Aislabie (to 1781) c 1699 17 May 1781
28 Mar 1722 John Scrope c 1662 9 Apr 1752
16 Aug 1727 William Aislabie by 1706 11 Apr 1773
29 Apr 1734 Thomas Duncombe c 1683 23 Mar 1746
8 May 1741 Henry Vane,later [1754] 1st Earl of Darlington c 1705 6 Mar 1758
1 Jul 1747 Sir Charles Vernon c 1683 4 Apr 1762
28 Mar 1761 William Lawrence c 1723 2 Sep 1798
19 Mar 1768 Charles Allanson c 1720 17 Sep 1775
30 Oct 1775 William Lawrence c 1723 2 Sep 1798
11 Sep 1780 Frederick Robinson (to 1787) 11 Oct 1746 28 Dec 1792 46
5 Jun 1781 William Lawrence (to Oct 1798) c 1723 2 Sep 1798
21 Dec 1787 Sir John Goodricke,5th baronet 20 May 1708 3 Aug 1789 81
1 Sep 1789 Sir George Allanson-Winn,1st baronet,later
[1797] 1st Baron Headley [I] (to Apr 1798) 1725 9 Apr 1798 72
28 Apr 1798 John Heathcote (to 1806) 14 Nov 1767 3 May 1838 70
27 Oct 1798 Sir James Graham,1st baronet (to 1807) 22 Apr 1761 13 Apr 1824 62
4 Nov 1806 Charles Winn Allanson,2nd Baron Headley [I] 25 Jun 1784 9 Apr 1840 55
9 May 1807 Frederick John Robinson,later [1827] 1st Viscount
Goderich and [1833] 1st Earl of Ripon (to 1827) 1 Nov 1782 28 Jan 1859 76
George Gipps 18 Dec 1783 26 Apr 1869 85
12 Jun 1826 Lancelot Shadwell (to 1828) 3 May 1779 10 Aug 1850 71
15 May 1827 Louis Hayes Petit (to 1832) 9 Nov 1774 13 Nov 1849 75
8 Feb 1828 Sir Robert Harry Inglis,2nd baronet 12 Jan 1786 5 May 1855 69
2 Mar 1829 George Spence 1787 12 Dec 1850 63
For further information on the death of this MP,
see the note at the foot of the page
10 Dec 1832 Thomas Kitchenham Staveley 20 Feb 1860
Joshua Samuel Crompton 17 Jun 1881
8 Jan 1835 Sir Charles James Dalbiac 1775 8 Dec 1847 72
Thomas Pemberton,later [1858] 1st Baron
Kingsdown (to 1843) 11 Feb 1793 7 Oct 1867 74
24 Jul 1837 Sir Edward Burtenshaw Sugden,later [1852] 1st
Baron St.Leonards 12 Feb 1781 29 Jan 1875 93
27 Sep 1841 Sir George Cockburn,later [1852] 10th baronet 22 Apr 1772 19 Aug 1853 81
(to 1847)
18 Mar 1843 Thomas Berry Cusack-Smith 1795 13 Aug 1866 71
2 Feb 1846 Edwin Lascelles (to 1857) 25 Dec 1799 25 Apr 1865 65
28 Jul 1847 Sir James Robert George Graham,2nd
baronet 1 Jun 1792 25 Oct 1861 69
7 Jul 1852 William Beckett 1784 26 Jan 1863 78
27 Mar 1857 John Greenwood (to 1865) 20 Feb 1829 21 Feb 1874 45
John Ashley Warre 5 Oct 1787 18 Nov 1860 73
22 Dec 1860 Reginald Arthur Vyner 1839 28 Sep 1870 31
12 Jul 1865 Sir Charles Wood,later [1866] 1st Viscount
Halifax 20 Dec 1800 8 Aug 1885 84
Robert Kearsley (to 1868) 1822 22 Oct 1892 70
26 Feb 1866 Lord John Hay 23 Aug 1827 4 May 1916 88
REPRESENTATION REDUCED
TO ONE MEMBER 1868
15 Feb 1871 Sir Henry Knight Storks 1811 6 Sep 1874 63
3 Feb 1874 Frederick Oliver Robinson,styled Earl de Grey,
later [1909] 2nd Marquess of Ripon 29 Jan 1852 23 Sep 1923 71
2 Apr 1880 George Joachim Goschen,later [1900]
1st Viscount Goschen 10 Aug 1831 7 Feb 1907 75
2 Dec 1885 William Harker 23 Jun 1819 18 Sep 1905 86
10 Jul 1886 John Lloyd Wharton 18 Apr 1837 11 Jul 1912 75
26 Jan 1906 Henry Finnis Blosse Lynch 18 Apr 1862 24 Nov 1913 51
21 Jan 1910 Edward Frederick Lindley Wood,later [1934] 3rd
Viscount Halifax and [1944] 1st Earl of Halifax 16 Apr 1881 23 Dec 1959 78
5 Dec 1925 John Waller Hills 1867 24 Dec 1938 71
23 Feb 1939 Christopher York 27 Jul 1909 13 Mar 1999 89
23 Feb 1950 Malcolm Stoddart-Scott [kt 1957] 23 Sep 1901 15 Jun 1973 71
26 Jul 1973 David Austick 8 Mar 1920 9 Feb 1997 76
28 Feb 1974 Keith Hampson 14 Aug 1943
CONSTITUENCY ABOLISHED 1983
RIVERSIDE (LIVERPOOL)
9 Jun 1983 Robert Parry 8 Jan 1933 9 Mar 2000 67
1 May 1997 Louise Joyce Ellman 14 Nov 1945
ROCHDALE (LANCASHIRE)
14 Dec 1832 John Fenton 25 Jul 1863
9 Jan 1835 John Entwistle 16 Aug 1784 5 Apr 1837 52
19 Apr 1837 John Fenton 25 Jul 1863
2 Jul 1841 William Sharman Crawford 3 Sep 1780 17 Oct 1861 80
10 Jul 1852 Edward Miall 8 May 1809 29 Apr 1881 71
30 Mar 1857 Sir Alexander Ramsay,3rd baronet 26 May 1813 3 Mar 1875 61
29 Apr 1859 Richard Cobden 3 Jun 1804 2 Apr 1865 60
15 Apr 1865 Thomas Bayley Potter 29 Nov 1817 6 Nov 1898 80
15 Jul 1895 Clement Molyneux Royds [kt 1906] 3 Apr 1842 28 Jan 1916 73
13 Jan 1906 Alexander Gordon Cummins Harvey 31 Dec 1858 6 Nov 1922 63
14 Dec 1918 Alfred Joseph Law [kt 1927] 31 May 1860 18 Jul 1939 79
15 Nov 1922 Stanley Burgess 1889 2 Jun 1972 82
6 Dec 1923 John Ramsay Bryce Muir 30 Sep 1872 4 May 1941 70
29 Oct 1924 William Thomas Kelly 21 Jun 1874 13 Mar 1940 65
27 Oct 1931 Thomas Edward Jesson 28 Jul 1882 23 Jul 1958 76
14 Nov 1935 William Thomas Kelly 21 Jun 1874 13 Mar 1940 65
20 Jul 1940 Hyacinth Bernard Wenceslaus Morgan 11 Sep 1885 7 May 1956 70
23 Feb 1950 Joseph Hale 28 Oct 1913 7 Feb 1985 71
25 Oct 1951 Wentworth Schofield 17 Apr 1891 16 Dec 1957 66
12 Feb 1958 John McCann 4 Dec 1910 16 Jul 1972 61
26 Oct 1972 Cyril Smith [kt 1988] 28 Jun 1928 3 Sep 2010 82
9 Apr 1992 Elizabeth Lynne 22 Jan 1948
1 May 1997 Lorna Fitzsimons 6 Aug 1967
5 May 2005 Paul John Rowen 11 May 1955
6 May 2010 Simon Christopher Danczuk 24 Oct 1966
Henry Vansittart, MP for Reading 1768-1770
Vansittart was employed by the East India Company from the age of 14 until his death. In
1760 he was appointed Governor of Bengal where he ruled for a turbulent four years before
he returned to England, where, in 1768, he was elected to the House of Commons for the
constituency of Reading. In April 1769, he was elected to the Board of the East India
Company, and in the following October, he was one of three commissioners sent out to
reform abuses in India. On 24 December 1769, he left Cape Town aboard the frigate
'Aurora' but shortly thereafter the ship was lost with all hands.
Vansittart was legally presumed to be dead in 1772, but, notwithstanding, the House of
Commons refused to issue a new writ for his seat at Reading. On 2 March 1772, the other
member for Reading, John Dodd, "moved for the issuing of a writ for the election of a burgess
for Reading, at the desire of that corporation, in the room of Mr. Henry Vansittart, who was
supposed to be lost in the Aurora. This motion was opposed, and the House was of opinion
that it was not mere probability that ought to have weight with it, but that matter of fact
was the only ground for them to proceed upon. In such a case was a new writ to be granted,
if Mr. Vansittart should be alive and return, it would throw the House into a difficulty they
would not know how to get rid of. In the case of general Stanwix [who had been lost at sea
after leaving Dublin for Holyhead in October 1766], the distance between Ireland and England
was so short that there was no probability of such a vessel being thrown upon any coast
thereabouts, but must be heard of in a few days. The case of captain Cheap, who went out
with commodore Byron, was mentioned, as having been missing four years, and afterwards
returned; and several other strong cases, sufficient for the House to form their judgment
upon, and as no fact of Mr. Vansittart's decease appeared, the House refused to grant a
writ." (Cobbett's "Parliamentary History of England")
Vansittart's son Nicholas also entered Parliament, rising to Chancellor of the Exchequer
between 1812 and 1823, in which latter year he was created a peer as Baron Bexley.
George Spence, MP for Reading 1826-1827 and Ripon 1829-1832
Spence committed suicide on 12 December 1850 by cutting his throat. The following
account of the subsequent inquest appeared in 'The Times' of 17 December 1850:-
'Yesterday, at 11 o'clock, Mr. Wakley, M.P., coroner for Middlesex, and a jury of highly
respectable inhabitants of the parish of Paddington, assembled at the late residence of Mr.
George Spence, Q.C., 42, Hyde-park-square, for the purpose of inquiring into the
circumstances attending the death of that gentleman, which took place on Thursday last
under the melancholy circumstances disclosed in the following evidence:-
'The jury having viewed the remains of the unfortunate gentleman, Henry Payne was first
called. - He said he was a footman in the service of the deceased and was present at his
death, which took place about 20 minutes past 2 o'clock on Thursday last. Witness was
roused up about a quarter past 2 on the morning of the Tuesday [sic - Thursday] previous
by the lady's maid, who came to the door of his room and said that something had happened
to her master. Witness got up directly and went to Mr. Spence's bedroom, at the door of
which he was met by Mrs. Spence, who desired him to go immediately for medical assistance.
Witness went for Dr. Mackenzie and Mr. Squibb the family medical attendant. Dr. Mackenzie
arrived first, and Mr. Squibb came very shortly afterwards. Witness had lived with the
deceased two years and eight months; was aware that his master suffered from spasms for
a long time, and that he had not slept well lately. The deceased slept in a room by himself,
Mrs. Spence occupying the adjoining apartment. Mr. Squibb had attended the deceased
every day for the last month, and had sometimes seen him twice a day. During that period
the deceased slept worse and worse, was constantly low-spirited, and frequently said that
he should never get over his complaint. Witness went into his master's bedroom about 5
o'clock on Tuesday [sic] morning, and then saw the bedclothes deluged with blood. Witness
had never observed anything extraordinary or strange in his master's manner except the
lowness of spirits to which he had already alluded, and this he always supposed to have
arisen from the deceased's sufferings. Mr. Spence was 63 years of age.
'Anne Lancaster, lady's maid, said she had lived in the service of the family for 14 years. On
Tuesday [sic - Thursday] morning, shortly after 2 o'clock, Mrs. Spence came into witness's
room and told her that Mr. Spence had destroyed himself. Witness went immediately to the
deceased's room, and saw her master lying upon the bed, which was covered with blood. The
deceased was sensible, and addressing witness said, "Anne, my sufferings were greater than I
could bear." Medical assistance was sent for directly, as described by the footman. Witness
had never seen her master do anything which could induce her to think him of unsound mind.
She was, however, aware that he had been very low-spirited lately, and that he had
complained more than he was accustomed to do of internal pain and palpitation of the heart.
'In reply to a question from one of the jury as to how Mrs. Spence became aware of what had
happened to her husband, the witness explained that the deceased had knocked against the
wall, which was his usual signal when he wanted Mrs. Spence.
'Mr. F.W. Mackenzie, of Chester-place, Hyde-park, said he was called in to see the deceased
shortly after 2 o'clock on Tuesday morning. He found the unfortunate gentleman in a state of
collapse, with wounds of an incised character on both sides of the neck, on the thigh, and on
both wrists. The chief haemorrhage was from the wounds in the neck. The deceased was
rational and collected when witness saw him. He said he had been in a very desponding state
previously, and had inflicted the wounds upon himself while in a fit of despondency. He added
that is was useless to adopt means to save him, as he felt that his life could not be preserved.
Witness did all that was necessary, and remained with the deceased until Mr. Squibb arrived.
'Mr, George James Squibb, surgeon, of Orchard-street said - He saw the deceased between 3
and 4 on Tuesday morning. He was then in a state extreme depression arising from excessive
haemorrhage. Dr. Mackenzie was present when witness arrived. On seeing witness the
deceased said, "You see what a dreadful thing I have done. I am pleased I have been punished
in this world, and I hope I shall escape hereafter." The deceased never rallied, and died on
Thursday from exhaustion and loss of blood. Witness saw the deceased on the Monday, and
he had then appeared more calm than usual. He had long been labouring under the delusion
that he had a disease of the urethra or bladder. He had none whatever. He was perfectly
sound in those organs and had no symptoms of such a disease. The deceased had told witness
that his father had died of such a malady, and he believed such would be his own fate. This
delusion had produced great despondency of mind - a feeling which he could not surmount.
After he had inflicted the wounds upon himself this delusion continued with unabated force
and pervaded his mind to the last. It was quite clear that the death of the unfortunate
gentleman had arisen from exhaustion produced by the wounds.
'There being no other evidence, the Coroner said, the facts of the case appeared to have
been so clearly proved by the witnesses who had been called that the jury would probably
consider it unnecessary to subject the widow of the deceased to the pain and anxiety of
giving her testimony. After adverting to the delusion under which the deceased had been
labouring for a long time past, and also to his own statement when first seen after having
inflicted the wounds, that the act had been done in a fit of despondency, the Coroner said
he thought the jury would have no difficulty in arriving at the conclusion that the deceased
had destroyed himself at a moment when he was not accountable for his actions.
'The jury concurred without hesitation in the view taken by the coroner, and returned a
verdict to the following effect: - "That the death of the said George Spence was caused by
exhaustion arising from loss of blood by and from certain wounds in his neck and divers parts
of his body, and that the said wounds were inflicted by himself while in an unsound state of
mind."
Charles Russell, MP for Reading 1830-1837 and 1841-1847
To use a macabre modern expression, Charles Russell 'ate his gun' in May 1856. The following
account of the inquest appeared in 'The Times' on 17 May 1856:-
'Mr. Bedford, the coroner for Westminster, held an inquest yesterday at 2 o'clock on the body
of Mr. Charles Russell, later chairman of the Great Western Railway, at his late residence in
Argyle-street, Regent-street.
'Mr. G.L. Russell, of the Chancery bar, identified the body as that of his brother. He knew of
no cause except mental illness for his committing suicide.
'Robert Howard, valet to the deceased, deposed that he had two or three days before
complained of pains in the chest; and on Tuesday morning had called for a cup of tea - a fact
quite unusual with him, and still complained of the pain he was labouring under, and said he
had sent for medical advice. He left him at 10 o'clock at night, and went to his room at a
quarter before 7 on Thursday morning. He then found the deceased lying on the bed in his
dressing-gown, on his left side. His face was covered with blood; two pistols were lying by his
side; he was not dead at that time, but breathing hard. He (witness) ran for the nearest
medical man, and Mr. M'Oscar, of Tyler-street, attended, and a physician was sent for. He
heard no report of a pistol during the night, and no one was in the house except the
deceased, witness, and the female housekeeper. The pistols found on the bed he had never
seen before. One had been discharged, the other appeared to have missed fire. The deceased
never spoke, and died about 2 o'clock.
'Mr. J. M'Oscar deposed that when he was called to see the deceased he found him bleeding
from the mouth and nostrils. The blood on his face was quite hard; and, on examining the
mouth, he found a large fissure in the centre of the palate, evidently caused by a pistol shot,
the bullet, in all probability, lodging near the brain. He was perfectly unconscious and had no
power of motion, and the act might have been committed one or two hours before he was
called in. He had no doubt that death was caused by effusion of blood on the brain from the
wound, and that the deceased committed the act himself, which appeared, from the direction
of the wound, to have been done with the left hand. In his opinion, from the marks of blood
on the floor, the deceased must have fired the pistol standing, and then thrown himself on to
the bed. Both pistols had not been discharged but, one being unscrewed, the powder had
dropped out, the bullet remaining in the barrel.
'Mr. Morton, of 26, Stanhope-place, surgeon, said he had known the deceased for some years;
he had latterly been suffering from oppression on the chest, which would tend to depress the
brain and cause mental derangement.
'After some further evidence the jury returned a verdict of "Temporary insanity."
Sir Joseph Sydney Yorke, MP for Reigate 1790-1806 and 1818-1831, St. Germans
1806-1810, West Looe 1812 and Sandwich 1812-1818
Yorke joined the navy at an early age and enjoyed a distinguished career, taking part in
American Revolutionary, the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars before he
retired with the rank of Admiral in order to devote himself to politics. On 5 May 1831, the
yacht on which he was travelling sank in the English Channel. Although the following
report gives the cause of the yacht's sinking as a sudden squall, other reports state that
the yacht was struck by lightning. The report below is taken from the 'Hull Packet and
Humber Mercury' of 17 May 1831.
'An inquest was held [on 6 May 1831], by the coroner, at Hamblerice, on view of the
bodies of Admiral Sir J. Yorke, K.C.B.,Captain Matthew Barton Bradley, R.N., Captain Thomas
Young, R.N., and John Chandler, seaman, who were drowned by the upsetting of the
Catherine, a yacht of about fourteen tons burthen, near Browndown Point, between
Portsmouth and Hamble, about four o'clock on Thursday afternoon. The unfortunate
gentlemen, with poor Chandler, were returning from Spithead, under a press of canvass,
when a sudden squall took the vessel, and she immediately went down stern foremost, in
ten fathoms [of] water. The accident was seen by a fisherman half a mile off, and he
immediately hastened to their assistance. He first came to Chandler, who had not been in
the water more than five or six minutes, and was yet alive and sensible, but speechless and
quite exhausted. The next ten minutes were occupied in well-meant but injudicious and
unsuccessful attempts to preserve the poor fellow's life. Meantime the three unfortunate
gentlemen floated without attention, being so completely enveloped in their cloaks and
great coats, which so encumbered and concealed their bodies, as to be mistaken for
empty garments. As soon, however, as the fisherman discovered, to his great surprise, that
they were bodies, he took out those of Captains Bradley and Young, which had been in the
water about a quarter of an hour, but life was quite extinct. The body of Sir Jos. Yorke
floated further down, and was picked up about the same time by another boat with no sign
of life..'
Yorke's death is the central feature of a well-known ghost story. The usual version is that
his wife, Lady Yorke, was attending a concert in London, when she suddenly saw the figure
of her husband standing before her, dripping with water. Although the apparition only
lasted for a few seconds, it was so perfect that Lady Yorke became so distressed that she
had to leave the concert. As she was on her way out of the concert-hall, she met a friend
who remarked to her that "I have just seen Sir Joseph, but he was in such a hurry that I
could not speak to him." Lady Yorke returned home and the next day the news arrived of
her husband's drowning.
Philip Yorke, styled Viscount Royston (son of the 3rd Earl of Hardwicke), MP for
Reigate 1806-1808
Royston, together with George Augustus Pollen, MP for Leominster 1796-1802, was lost at
sea off Memel in April 1808. Memel at that time was situated in East Prussia - today it is the
large port city of Klaipeda in Lithuania. The following letter, dated 12 April 1808 and written by
one of the survivors, appeared in 'The Hull Packet' of 14 June 1808:-
'On Saturday, the 2d instant.....we sailed from Liebau with a fair wind, and ice for about two
hours only, after which we got into clear water, and from that time saw no more ice. This
fair wind continued for about twenty-four hours, and carried us within forty English miles of
Carlscrona. The ship began to make a little water the first night but it was a trifle; the second
night, however, it increased so such that Messrs. Bayley, Becher, Renny, Focke, and Pereyra,
who were lying upon hay, were obliged to move to a higher place; but as I lay in my kibitker,
the water never touched me till the last night, when I was obliged to remove. When we came
within forty miles of Carlscrona, the wind became direct West, and blew a gale; we were
several times close to the island of Oland, but could not land on account of the ice; but that
would not have prevented our attempting it, had not the Captain said that there was no place
for anchorage, nor was there a harbour; so we tacked about till the 6th, all the time the
pumps going; and all hands bailing the ship; but we did not gain on the leaks, and had always
four or five feet water in the hold.
'On the 6th instant, at noon, Colonel Pollen asked the Captain if he thought the ship could
stand the sea? He answered that "It was impossible," whence it would appear, that had Col. P.
not put that question, the ship must the next day foundered with us all.
'Upon receiving that answer from the Captain, Colonel Pollen ordered him immediately to put
back, and make the first port, (this was Memel) and as it blew a gale, and the wind quite fair,
we were sure of reaching it early next morning. During the whole of the day and night we were
employed in clearing the ship of water, and prevented it exceeding five feet. At two o'clock on
the morning of the 7th, we saw the coast, and at four, Memel. I immediately went into the
hold, opened my desk, and took out what money I had there, placing it in the pocket of my
kibitker, that I might secure it at a moment's warning, in case of danger; I then locked my
desk, and left my servant to put it away.
'When I came upon deck, we were close to the Bar; I had not been there five minutes, when
the ship struck with such violence, that the ladies and children in the cabin, and passengers
in the hold, had just time to reach the deck, when the ship filled with water, and immediately
after the rudder was knocked off. The women now took refuge in the sailors' cabin on deck,
where I also put the children. The sea remaining dreadfully high, we were obliged to cut away
the mast to prevent the ship upsetting; the boats were then cut loose, and launched, and
Lord Royston, with three or four others, jumped into them, but were upset in a moment. I
determined to take my chance with the women, and followed them into the round-house,
where I found eleven persons: Mrs. Pollen, and three servants, Mrs. Barnes, three children,
and maid, Pereyra and Focke. All the rest of our dear friends, except those who were lost
by getting into the boats, were immediately washed overboard.
'Shortly afterward, the life-boat came alongside, and found the Captain and three sailors
upon the bowsprit, who, telling the Captain of the life-boat that everyone else was washed
overboard, it put off, leaving us twelve in the round-house, in water up to the middle.
'In order to shew the people on shore that there were still living people on board, it was
necessary for some of us to shew ourselves occasionally. Mrs. Pollen's two servants, Anthony
and Hearn, and myself, were the only three who would venture out, and one of us did so
every quarter of an hour. During this day, the life-boat made four or five attempts to relieve
us, but could not come near, on account of the tremendous sea.
'Next morning, at nine o'clock, Anthony, who was out, gave notice that the life-boat was at
the bowsprit. I went out with Mrs. Pollen and the youngest child; Mrs. P. with great difficulty
reached the life-boat. I was twice knocked down by the sea with the child in one arm, but
succeeded in keeping fast hold with the other. Finding, however, my strength failing me, I
gave the child to Ann (Mrs. B.'s maid), desiring her to remain where she was, till I could send
one of the men from the life-boat to take the child. Whether she attempted to follow me or
not I cannot say, but just as I threw myself into the boat, the sailors called out that the
woman with a child and a man were washed overboard; this man was Hearn, Mrs. Pollen's
servant.
'The weather was too boisterous to permit the boat to remain long where it was; it therefore
put off with Mrs. Pollen, her servant Anthony, Mr. Pereyra, and myself. When we reached
the shore, I told the people there were still four living persons on board, viz. Mrs. Barnes, her
two children, and the third servant of Mrs. Pollen. They were with difficulty persuaded to
return, and succeeded in saving them.
'Mr. Focke had died during the night, from cold, in the little bed place before described; the
body is now on shore, and is to be buried tomorrow, according to directions he gave me about
half an hour before his death. Mr. Pereyra is not expected to survive this day. Mrs. Barnes is
laid up, having had her feet frozen. Mrs. Pollen is tolerable, but, as you may imagine, very low.
We were upwards of forty hours without meat or drink, and must have all perished, had we
remained six hours longer.'
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