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Plympton Erle (UK Parliament constituency)


Plympton Erle (UK Parliament constituency)

Plympton Erle
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Number of members Two

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.

Members of Parliament


Parliament First member Second member
1381 William Burlestone[1] Thomas Raymond[2]
1386 John Golde Richard Golde[3]
1388 (Feb) Ellis Beare John Boys[3]
1388 (Sep) Peter Hadley John Brendon[3]
1390 (Jan) John Selman I John Lane[3]
1390 (Nov)
1391 John Selman I John Jaycock[3]
1393 Thomas Branscombe John Jaycock[3]
1394 John Selman I John Jaycock[3]
1395 Thomas Norris II John Jaycock[3]
1397 (Jan) Thomas Norris II William Selman I[3]
1397 (Sep)
1402 Thomas Topcliffe ...? More[3]
1404 (Jan)
1404 (Oct)
1406 John Selman I Thomas Prous[3]
1407 William Isabel Richard Hurston[3]
1411 John Selman I John Jaybien[3]
1413 (Feb)
1413 (May) Thomas Barry Roger Wyke[3]
1414 (Apr)
1414 (Nov) John Selman II John Serle[3]
1416 (Mar)
1416 (Oct)
1420 William Selman II John Selman II[3]
1421 (May) William Selman II John Selman II[3]
1421 (Dec) William Selman II John Selman II[3]
1425 John Selman II[3]
1427 John Selman II[3]
1431 John Selman II[3]
1432 John Selman II[3]
1433 John Selman II[3]
1435 John Selman II[3]
1467 Thomas Fitzwilliam[4]
1510–1523 No names known[5]
1512 Richard Strode I ?[5]
1515 ?
1523 ?
1529 Thomas Gregory John Martin alias Honychurch I[5]
1536 ?
1539 ?
1542 ?
1545 Edmund Sture Adam Ralegh[5]
1547 Thomas Dynham Edward Darrell[5]
1553 (Mar) Sir John Pollard Richard Strode II[5]
1553 (Oct) ?John Foster Reginald Mohum [5]
1554 (Apr) John Sparke John Martin alias Honychurch II[5]
1554 (Nov) Richard Calmady William Strowbridge[5]
1555 Sir William Courtenay Sir Arthur Champernowne[5]
1558 Thomas Southcote ?Christopher Perne[5]
1558/9 Sir Gawain Carew Richard Strode II[6]
1562/3 Nicholas Ogle Thomas Percy, died
and replaced 1566 by
Edmund Wiseman[6]
1571 Robert Guynes Roger Hill[6]
1572 Peter Osborne William Strode[6]
1584 John Hele Hannibal Vyvyan[6]
1586 Richard More Jasper Cholmley[6]
1588 Richard Grafton II Edwin Sandys[6]
1593 Edwin Sandys Richard Southcote[6]
1597 George Southcote Edward Hancock[6]
1601 Sir William Strode John Hele[6]
1604 Sir William Strode Sir Henry Beaumont, replaced by John Hele
1614 Sampson Hele Sir Warwick Hele
1621–1622 Sir William Strode Sir Warwick Hele
1624 Sir Francis Drake John Garret
1625 Sir William Strode Sir Warwick Hele
1626 Sir William Strode Sir Thomas Hele
1628–1629 Thomas Hele Bt Sir James Bragge
1629–1640 No Parliaments summoned


Year First member First party Second member Second 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 Hele Royalist Hugh Potter Parliamentarian
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 Assheton 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 Crawfurd 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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  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x "History of Parliament". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 2004-11-20. 
  4. ^ "Fitzwillam, Sir Thomas, speaker of the House of Commons". Oxford DNB. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "History of Parliament". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 2004-11-20. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "History of Parliament". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 2004-11-20. 
  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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  • Cobbett's Parliamentary history of England, from the Norman Conquest in 1066 to the year 1803 (London: Thomas Hansard, 1808) [2]
  • Maija Jansson (ed.), Proceedings in Parliament, 1614 (House of Commons) (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1988)
  • 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)
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 2)
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