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East Cornwall (UK Parliament constituency)

East Cornwall was a county constituency in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom It elected two Members of Parliament MPs by the bloc vote system of election


  • 1 Boundaries
  • 2 History
  • 3 Members of Parliament
  • 4 Election results
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References


In 1832 the county of Cornwall, in south west England, was split for parliamentary purposes into two county divisions These were the East division with a place of election at Bodmin and West Cornwall where voting took place at Truro Each division returned two members to Parliament1

The parliamentary boroughs included in the East division, from 1832 to 1885 whose non-resident 40 shilling freeholders voted in the county constituency, were Bodmin, Launceston and Liskeard2


In 1885 this division was abolished, when the East and West Cornwall county divisions were replaced by six new single-member county constituencies These were Bodmin the South-Eastern division, Camborne North-Western division, Launceston North-Eastern division, St Austell Mid division, St Ives the Western division and Truro In addition the last remaining Cornish borough constituency was Penryn and Falmouth

Members of Parliamentedit

Election First member First party Second member Second party
1832 Sir William Molesworth, Bt Liberal Sir William Salusbury-Trelawny, Bt Liberal
1837 Lord Eliot Conservative Sir Hussey Vivian, Bt Liberal
1841 William Rashleigh Conservative
1845 by-election William Pole-Carew Conservative
1847 Thomas Agar-Robartes Liberal
1852 Nicholas Kendall Conservative
1868 Sir John Salusbury-Trelawney, Bt Liberal Edward Brydges Willyams Liberal
1874 Sir Colman Rashleigh, Bt Liberal John Tremayne Conservative
1880 Hon Thomas Agar-Robartes Liberal William Copeland Borlase Liberal
1882 by-election Charles Dyke Acland Liberal
1885 Constituency abolished

Election resultsedit

This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it General Election 1837: East Cornwall 2 seats
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Edward Eliot 2,430 348%
Whig Hussey Vivian 2,294 329%
Whig John Trelawny 2,250 323%
Turnout 6,974
Conservative gain from Whig Swing
Whig hold Swing
General Election 1841: East Cornwall 2 seats
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Edward Eliot 3,006 403%
Conservative William Rashleigh 2,807 376%
Whig John Trelawny 1,647 221%
Turnout 7,460
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative gain from Whig Swing
General Election 1852: East Cornwall 2 seats
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig Thomas Agar-Robartes 2,609 396%
Conservative Nicholas Kendall 1,996 303%
Conservative William Pole-Carew 1,979 301%
Turnout 6,584
Whig hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1874: East Cornwall 2 seats
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Colman Rashleigh 3,396 266%
Conservative John Tremayne 3,276 257%
Conservative William Pole-Carew 3,099 243%
Liberal Reginald Kelly 2,976 233%
Turnout 12,747
Liberal hold Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1880: East Cornwall 2 seats
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Thomas Agar-Robartes 4,018 301%
Liberal William Copeland Borlase 3,883 291%
Conservative John Tremayne 3,033 227%
Conservative Collins 2,403 180%
Turnout 13,337
Liberal hold Swing
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

See alsoedit

  • List of former United Kingdom Parliamentary constituencies


  1. ^ Writing about differences in dialects within Cornwall Thomas Q Couch wrote in 1880: "If asked to define roughly a boundary, I know none better than the Parliamentary line from Crantock Bay, on St George's Channel, to Veryan Bay, on the English Channel, which bisects the county"
  2. ^ Smith 1844 The Parliaments of England
  3. ^ a b c d e "East Cornwall Election" The Cornishman 92 15 April 1880 p 6 
  • Boundaries of Parliamentary Constituencies 1885-1972, compiled and edited by FWS Craig Parliamentary Reference Publications 1972
  • British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885, compiled and edited by FWS Craig Macmillan Press 1977
  • The Parliaments of England by Henry Stooks Smith 1st edition published in three volumes 1844-50, second edition edited in one volume by FWS Craig Political Reference Publications 1973
  • Who's Who of British Members of Parliament: Volume I 1832-1885, edited by M Stenton The Harvester Press 1976
  • Who's Who of British Members of Parliament, Volume II 1886-1918, edited by M Stenton and S Lees Harvester Press 1978
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" part 6self-published sourcebetter source needed

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