Minehead (UK Parliament constituency)
Minehead was a parliamentary borough in Somerset, forming part of the town of Minehead, which elected two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons from 1563 until 1832, when the borough was abolished by the Great Reform Act.
|Former Borough constituency|
for the House of Commons
|Number of members||Two|
Members of Parliament
|Parliament||First member||Second member|
|Parliament of 1563-1567||Thomas Luttrell||Thomas Fitzwilliams|
|Parliament of 1571||John Colles||Thomas Mallett|
|Parliament of 1572-1581||Dominick Chester||Richard Cabell|
|Parliament of 1584-1585||George Luttrell||Edward Rogers|
|Parliament of 1586-1587||John Luttrell||Robert Crosse|
|Parliament of 1588-1589||Benedict Barnham|
|Parliament of 1593||Richard Hanbury||James Quirke|
|Parliament of 1597-1598||Amias Bampfield
(sat for Devon, replaced)
|Parliament of 1601||Dr Francis James||Lewis Lashbrooke|
|Parliament of 1604-1611||Sir Ambrose Turville||Sir Maurice Berkeley|
|Addled Parliament (1614)||No return made|
|Parliament of 1621-1622||Francis Pearce||Sir Robert Lloyd|
|Happy Parliament (1624-1625)||Dr Arthur Duck||Sir Arthur Lake|
|Useless Parliament (1625)||Thomas Luttrell||Charles Pyne|
|Parliament of 1625-1626||John Gill||Thomas Horner|
|Parliament of 1628-1629||Thomas Horner||Edward Wyndham|
|No Parliament summoned 1629-1640|
- Most sources date Minehead's enfranchisement from 1563, which seems clearly implied by the House of Commons Journals, but Browne Willis gives two names (Thomas Fitzwilliams and John Fowler) as the town's representatives in the 1559 Parliament. Sir John Neale notes that the names differ from those given for 1563 "which normally is a sign of reliability"
- This is the name given by Cobbett, whereas Browne Willis lists "Tho. Wentworth, Kt". There were two Thomas Wentworths in the House, but both sat for other constituencies, as Browne Willis correctly also records - "Tho. Wentworth, Kt. and Bart." for Yorkshire and "Tho. Wentworth Esq" for Oxford City. While it is possible that either of these might also have been elected for Minehead and chosen to sit for their other constituency, allowing Lloyd to be elected in their place, Browne Willis usually records this, and neither could correctly be described as "Tho. Wentworth, Kt" at that time, although of course an error is perfectly possible.
- Popham was also elected for Bath, which he chose to represent, and never sat for Minehead
- Died June 1642
- The election of 1715 was declared void on petition, and Wyndham and Trevelyan declared not duly elected. A by-election was held 1717
- The by-election of 1717 was declared void on petition (in a dispute over the franchise), and Edwin and Gage declared not duly elected. Trevelyan and Milner were declared elected in their place
- Lane was declared not to have been duly elected
- Beaufoy was re-elected in 1784, but had also been elected for Great Yarmouth, which he chose to represent, and did not sit again for Minehead
- Robert Beatson, A Chronological Register of Both Houses of Parliament (London: Longman, Hurst, Res & Orme, 1807)
- D Brunton & D H Pennington, Members of the Long Parliament (London: George Allen & Unwin, 1954)
- Cobbett's Parliamentary history of England, from the Norman Conquest in 1066 to the year 1803 (London: Thomas Hansard, 1808)
- J E Neale, The Elizabethan House of Commons (London: Jonathan Cape, 1949)
- J Holladay Philbin, Parliamentary Representation 1832 - England and Wales (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1965)
- Henry Stooks Smith, "The Parliaments of England from 1715 to 1847" (2nd edition, edited by FWS Craig — Chichester: Parliamentary Reference Publications, 1973)
- Willis, Browne (1750). Notitia Parliamentaria, Part II: A Series or Lists of the Representatives in the several Parliaments held from the Reformation 1541, to the Restoration 1660 ... London. p. 1.
- Jenkins, Terry. "Minehead". The History of Parliament. The History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 24 September 2012.