Yarmouth (Isle of Wight) (UK Parliament constituency)

Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County Isle of Wight
Major settlements Yarmouth
Number of members Two
Replaced by Isle of Wight
Created from Hampshire

Yarmouth was a borough constituency of the House of Commons of England then of the House of Commons of Great Britain from 1707 to 1800 and of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom from 1801 to 1832. It was represented by two members of parliament (MPs), elected by the bloc vote system.

The constituency was abolished by the Reform Act 1832, and from the 1832 general election its territory was included in the new county constituency of Isle of Wight.


The constituency was a Parliamentary borough on the Isle of Wight, part of the historic county of Hampshire. Its boundaries were coterminous with the parish of Yarmouth. At the time that it was disfranchised, there were 114 houses in the borough and town, and a population of only 586.

Members of Parliament

MPs 1584–1640

ParliamentFirst memberSecond member
1584 Arthur Gorges William Stubbs
1586 Thomas West John Duncombe
1588 Daniel Hills John Howe
1593 Robert Dillington Robert Crosse
1597 Benedict Barnham John Snow
1601 William Cotton Stephen Theobald
1604 Thomas Cheeke Arthur Bromfield
1614 Arthur Bromfield Sir Thomas Cheeke
1621–1622 Arthur Bromfield Thomas Risley
1624 Thomas Risley William Beeston
1625 Edward Clarke
sat for Hythe
replaced by Sir John Suckling
John Oglander
1626 Sir Edward ConwaySir John Oglander
1628–1629 Edward Dennis Sir John Oglander
1629–1640 No Parliaments summoned

MPs 1640–1832

Year1st Member1st Party2nd Member2nd Party
April 1640 William Oglander John Bulkeley
November 1640 Viscount L'IsleParliamentarian Sir John LeighParliamentarian
December 1648 Leigh excluded in Pride's Purge – seat vacant
1653 Yarmouth was unrepresented in the Barebones Parliament and the First and Second Parliaments of the Protectorate
January 1659 John Sadler Richard Lucy
May 1659 Viscount L'Isle One seat vacant in the restored Rump
February 1660 Sir John Leigh
April 1660 Richard Lucy
1661 Edward Smith
1678 Thomas Lucy
February 1679 Sir Richard Mason
August 1679 Thomas Wyndham
1681 Lemuel Kingdon Sir Thomas Littleton[1]
1685 Thomas Wyndham William Hewer
1689 Sir Robert Holmes Hon. Fitton Gerard
1690 Sir John Trevor[2] Tory Charles Duncombe Tory
April 1695 Henry Holmes
November 1695 Anthony Morgan
1710 Sir Gilbert Dolben, 1st Baronet
1715[3] Sir Robert Raymond Tory
1717[3] Colonel Anthony Morgan Sir Theodore Janssen[4]
1721 by-election William Plumer
1722 Thomas Stanwix
1725 by-election Colonel Maurice Morgan
1727 Paul Burrard
1733 by-election Maurice Bocland
1734 Lord Harry Powlett[5] Whig
1736 by-election Thomas Gibson
1737 by-election Anthony Chute
1741 by-election Colonel Maurice Bocland
1744 by-election Robert Carteret
1747 Thomas Holmes[6] Whig Colonel Henry Holmes[7]
1762 by-election Jeremiah Dyson Tory
1765 by-election John Eames
1768[8] William Strode Jervoise Clarke Whig
1769[8] Thomas Dummer Major General the Hon. George Lane Parker
1774 Edward Meux Worsley Jervoise Clarke Jervoise Whig
1775 by-election James Worsley
1779 by-election Captain Robert Kingsmill
1780 Edward Morant Edward Rushworth
1781 by-election Sir Thomas Rumbold
1784 Philip Francis
1787 by-election Thomas Clarke Jervoise
1790 Edward Rushworth
1791 by-election Jervoise Clarke Jervoise Whig Sir John Leicester, Bt
1796 Edward Rushworth
1797 by-election William Peachy
1802 James Patrick Murray
February 1803 by-election Colonel Charles Macdonnell
October 1803 by-election Henry Swann Tory
February 1804 by-election John Delgarno
March 1804 by-election Captain Sir Home Riggs Popham
January 1806 by-election David Scott
November 1806 Thomas William Plummer
May 1807 Hon. William Orde-Powlett
August 1807 by-election Admiral Sir John Orde
January 1808 by-election Benjamin Cooke Griffinhoofe
April 1808 by-election John Delgarno
June 1808 by-election Viscount Valentia
1810 by-election Thomas Myers
1812 Richard Wellesley Sir Henry Conyngham Montgomery, Bt
1816 by-election John Leslie Foster Tory
1817 by-election Alexander Maconochie Tory
March 1818 by-election John Singleton Copley Tory
June 1818 John Taylor Tory William Mount Tory
1819 by-election Sir Peter Pole Tory John Wilson Croker Tory
1820 Theodore Henry Broadhead Tory
1821 by-election Theodore Henry Lavington Broadhead[9] Tory
1826 Lord Binning Tory Joseph Phillimore Tory
1827 by-election Thomas Wallace Tory
1830 William Yates Peel Tory George Lowther Thompson Tory
1831 Sir Henry Willoughby Whig Charles Compton Cavendish Whig
1832 Constituency abolished


  1. Sir Thomas Littleton died April 1681
  2. Sir John Trevor was expelled from the House of Commons for accepting a bribe
  3. 1 2 At the election of 1715, Raymond and Holmes were declared to have defeated Morgan and Janssen, but on petition the result was reversed in 1717
  4. Sir Theodore Janssen was expelled from the House of Commons on 30 January 1721 for his role in the South Sea Bubble
  5. Powlett was also elected for Hampshire in a disputed election. He sat for Yarmouth until 1737 when the petition against the Hampshire result was withdrawn, then chose to represent Hampshire rather than Yarmouth for the remainder of the Parliament
  6. Thomas Holmes was created The Lord Holmes (in the peerage of Ireland) in 1760
  7. Major General from 1756, Lieutenant General from 1759
  8. 1 2 At the election of 1768, Strode and Clarke were declared to have defeated Dummer and Parker, but on petition the result was reversed in 1769
  9. Theodore Henry Lavington Broadhead later adopted the surname Brinckman


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