Plympton Erle (UK Parliament constituency)

Plympton Erle, also spelt Plympton Earle, was a parliamentary borough in Devon. It elected two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons from 1295 until 1832, when the borough was abolished by the Great Reform Act.

Plympton Erle
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Number of membersTwo

Members of Parliament


ParliamentFirst memberSecond member
1381William Burlestone[1]Thomas Raymond[2]
1386John GoldeRichard Golde[3]
1388 (Feb)Ellis BeareJohn Boys[3]
1388 (Sep)Peter HadleyJohn Brendon[3]
1390 (Jan)John Selman IJohn Lane[3]
1390 (Nov)
1391John Selman IJohn Jaycock[3]
1393Thomas BranscombeJohn Jaycock[3]
1394John Selman IJohn Jaycock[3]
1395Thomas Norris IIJohn Jaycock[3]
1397 (Jan)Thomas Norris IIWilliam Selman I[3]
1397 (Sep)
1402Thomas Topcliffe...? More[3]
1404 (Jan)
1404 (Oct)
1406John Selman IThomas Prous[3]
1407William IsabelRichard Hurston[3]
1411John Selman IJohn Jaybien[3]
1413 (Feb)
1413 (May)Thomas BarryRoger Wyke[3]
1414 (Apr)
1414 (Nov)John Selman IIJohn Serle[3]
1416 (Mar)
1416 (Oct)
1420William Selman IIJohn Selman II[3]
1421 (May)William Selman IIJohn Selman II[3]
1421 (Dec)William Selman IIJohn Selman II[3]
1425John Selman II[3]
1427John Selman II[3]
1431John Selman II[3]
1432John Selman II[3]
1433John Selman II[3]
1435John Selman II[3]
1467Thomas Fitzwilliam[4]
1510–1523No names known[5]
1512Richard Strode I?[5]
1529Thomas GregoryJohn Martin alias Honychurch I[5]
1545Edmund StureAdam Ralegh[5]
1547Thomas DynhamEdward Darrell[5]
1553 (Mar)Sir John PollardRichard Strode II[5]
1553 (Oct)?John FosterReginald Mohum [5]
1554 (Apr)John SparkeJohn Martin alias Honychurch II[5]
1554 (Nov)Richard CalmadyWilliam Strowbridge[5]
1555Sir William CourtenaySir Arthur Champernowne[5]
1558Thomas Southcote?Christopher Perne[5]
1558/9Sir Gawain CarewRichard Strode II[6]
1562/3Nicholas OgleThomas Percy, died
and replaced 1566 by
Edmund Wiseman[6]
1571Robert GuynesRoger Hill[6]
1572Peter OsborneWilliam Strode[6]
1584John HeleHannibal Vyvyan[6]
1586Richard MoreJasper Cholmley[6]
1588Richard Grafton IIEdwin Sandys[6]
1593Edwin SandysRichard Southcote[6]
1597George SouthcoteEdward Hancock[6]
1601Sir William StrodeJohn Hele[6]
1604Sir William StrodeSir Henry Beaumont, replaced by John Hele
1614Sampson HeleSir Warwick Hele
1621–1622Sir William StrodeSir Warwick Hele
1624Sir Francis DrakeJohn Garret
1625Sir William StrodeSir Warwick Hele
1626Sir William StrodeSir Thomas Hele
1628–1629Thomas Hele BtSir James Bragge
1629–1640No Parliaments summoned


YearFirst memberFirst partySecond memberSecond party
April 1640 Sir Thomas Hele Sir Richard Strode
Sir Nicholas Slanning
(Double return)
November 1640 Michael Oldisworth[7]Parliamentarian Sir Nicholas Slanning[8]Royalist
1640 (?) Sir Thomas HeleRoyalist Hugh PotterParliamentarian
January 1644 Hele disabled from sitting – seat vacant
1646 Christopher Martyn
December 1648 Potter excluded in Pride's Purge – seat vacant
1653 Plympton Erle was unrepresented in the Barebones Parliament and the First and Second Parliaments of the Protectorate
January 1659 Christopher Martyn Captain Henry Hatsell
May 1659 Not represented in the restored Rump
April 1660 Christopher Martyn Sir William Strode
1661 Thomas Hele
1666 Sir Edmund Fortescue
1667 Sir Nicholas Slanning
1677 Sir George Treby
February 1679 Richard Hillersdon
August 1679 John Pollexfen
1685 Richard Strode Sir Christopher Wren
1689 Sir George Treby John Pollexfen
March 1690[9] Richard Strode George Parker
April 1690 Sir George Treby John Pollexfen
1692 Sir Thomas Trevor
1695 Courtenay Croker
1698 Martin Ryder
1701 Richard Hele
1702 Richard Edgcumbe[10] Whig Thomas Jervoise[11]
1703 Richard Hele
1705 Sir John Cope
1708 George Treby[12]
1728 John Fuller
1734 Thomas Clutterbuck
1735 Thomas Walker
1741 Richard Edgcumbe Whig
May 1742 The Lord Sundon
December 1742 Hon. Richard Edgcumbe[13]
July 1747 Hon. George Edgcumbe[14]
December 1747 (Sir) William Baker[15] George Treby
1761 George Hele Treby
1763 Paul Henry Ourry
1768 William Baker
1774 Sir Richard Philipps, Bt
1775 John Durand
1779 William Fullarton
September 1780 Viscount Cranborne Sir Ralph Payne
November 1780 Hon. James Stuart
April 1784 Paul Treby Ourry John Stephenson
August 1784 John Pardoe
1790 The Earl of Carhampton Tory Philip Metcalfe
1794 William Manning
1796 William Adams William Mitchell
1799 Richard Hankey
1801 Sylvester Douglas, Lord Glenbervie
1802 Edward Golding Philip Metcalfe
1806 Viscount Castlereagh Sir Stephen Lushington
1807 Hon. William Harbord
1810 Henry Drummond
October 1812 Ranald George Macdonald George Duckett
December 1812 William Douglas
1816 Alexander Boswell Tory
1821 William Gill Paxton Independent
1824 John Henry North Tory
June 1826 George Edgcumbe Tory Gibbs Antrobus Tory
December 1826 Sir Charles Wetherell Tory
August 1830 Viscount Valletort Tory
December 1830 Sir Compton Domvile Tory
1832 Constituency abolished


Elections in Plympton Erle were normally uncontested. The only contest between the Union of England and Scotland in 1707 and the abolition of the borough in 1832 was at the general election of 1802.

General election 1802: Plympton Erle (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
N/A Edward Golding 12 60% N/A
N/A Philip Metcalfe 12 60% N/A
N/A Captain Palmer 8 40% N/A


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  7. Oldisworth was also elected for Salisbury, which he chose to represent, and never sat for Plympton Erle
  8. Slanning was also elected for Penryn, which he chose to represent, and never sat for Plympton Erle
  9. The election of 1690 was declared void by the House of Commons, and a writ for a by-election was issued
  10. Edgcumbe was re-elected in 1734, but had also been elected for Lostwithiel, which he chose to represent, and did not sit in this Parliament for Plympton Erle
  11. Jervoise was originally declared elected, but on petition (in a dispute over the franchise) his opponent Hele was declared to have been duly elected
  12. Treby was re-elected in 1727, but had also been elected for Dartmouth, which he chose to represent, and did not sit again for Plympton Erle
  13. Richard Edgcumbe was re-elected in 1747, but had also been elected for Lostwithiel, which he chose to represent, and did not sit again for Plympton Erle
  14. George Edgcumbe was also elected for Fowey, which he chose to represent, and never sat for Plympton Erle
  15. Knighted November 1760


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