Glamorganshire (UK Parliament constituency)

Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Number of members two
Replaced by East Glamorganshire, South Glamorganshire, Mid Glamorganshire, Gower and Rhondda

Glamorganshire was a parliamentary constituency in Wales, returning two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the British House of Commons. The Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 divided it into five new constituencies: East Glamorganshire, South Glamorganshire, Mid Glamorganshire, Gower and Rhondda.


This constituency comprised the whole of Glamorganshire.


For most of its history, the county constituency was represented by landowners from a small number of aristocratic families and this pattern continued until the nineteenth century. Following the Great Reform Act of 1832 a second county seat was created.

By the 1850s it had become virtually impossible for a Tory candidate to be elected as a county member since the industrial and urban vote could be rallied against him. This was proved in 1857 when Nash Vaughan Edwards-Vaughan failed in his attempt to dislodge one of the sitting members.[1] Thereafter, until redistribution in 1885 led to the abolition of the constituency, the representation was shared by C.R.M. Talbot and Hussey Vivian. In line with Liberal party policy in two-member constituencies to run candidates from both wings of the party, the Whig aristocrat Talbot collaborated well with the more Radical Vivian.[1]

Members of Parliament

MPs 1541-1832

1541Sir George Herbert
1545 not known
1547 John Thomas Bassett
1553 (Mar) George Mathew
1553 (Oct) Anthony Mansell
1554 (Apr) Edward Mansell
1554 (Nov) Sir Edward Carne
1555not known
1558 William Herbert I
1559 William Herbert I
1562/3 William Bassett
1571 William Bassett
1572 William Herbert II, died
and replaced 1577 by William Mathew
1584 Robert Sidney
1586 Thomas Carne
1588 Thomas Carne
1593 Sir Robert Sidney
1597 Sir Thomas Mansell
1601 Sir John Herbert
1604 Philip Herbert, ennobled
and replaced 1505 by
Sir Thomas Mansell
1614 Sir Thomas Mansell
1621 William Price
1624 Sir Robert Mansell
1625 Sir Robert Mansell
1626 Sir John Stradling
1628 Sir Robert Mansell
1640 (Apr) Sir Edward Stradling
1640 (Nov) Philip, Lord Herbert (inherited peerage 1649)
1653 Not represented in Barebones Parliament
1654 Philip Jones
Edmund Thomas
1656 Philip Jones
Edmund Thomas
1659 Evan Seys
1660 Sir Edward Mansel
1661William Herbert, later Earl of Pembroke
1670Sir Edward Mansel
1679Bussy Mansel
1681Sir Edward Mansel
1689Bussy Mansel
1699Thomas Mansel, later Baron Mansel
1712Robert Jones
1716Sir Charles Kemeys
1734William Talbot, later Earl Talbot
1737Bussy Mansel, later Baron Mansel
1745Thomas Mathews
1747Charles Edwin
1756Thomas William Mathews
1761Sir Edmund Thomas
1767Richard Turbervill
1768George Venables-Vernon, later Baron Vernon
1780Charles Edwin
1789–1814Thomas Wyndham
1814Benjamin Hall
1817Sir Christopher Cole
1818John Edwards
1820Sir Christopher Cole
1830Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot

MPs 1832-1885

ElectionFirst member1st Party2nd member2nd Party
1832 representation increased to two members under the Reform Act 1832
1832 Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot Liberal Lewis Weston Dillwyn
1837 Edwin Wyndham-Quin, Viscount Adare
1851 George Tyler
1857 Sir Henry Hussey Vivian
1885 constituency abolished: see East Glamorganshire, South Glamorganshire, Mid Glamorganshire, Gower and Rhondda

Election results

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