|Former borough constituency |
for the House of Commons
|County||West Riding of Yorkshire|
|Replaced by||West Riding of Yorkshire|
Aldborough was a parliamentary borough located in the West Riding of Yorkshire, abolished in the Great Reform Act of 1832.
Aldborough was a small borough (not even including the whole parish of Aldborough, since Boroughbridge, also within the boundaries, was also a borough with its own two MPs). By the time of the Reform Act it had a population only just over 500 and an electorate of less than 100. This made it a pocket borough and easy for the local landowner to dominate.
Aldborough returned two Members of Parliament (MPs) from 1558 until 1832.           It was a "scot and lot" borough, meaning that any man paying the poor rate was eligible to vote.
In the 18th century, Aldborough was controlled by the Duke of Newcastle. In April 1754 Newcastle, who had just become Prime Minister, selected his junior colleague and future Prime Minister, William Pitt (Pitt the Elder), to sit as its MP. Pitt represented Aldborough for two-and-a-half years, but having fallen out with Newcastle and been dismissed from his ministry, he was forced to find a new constituency when he next needed to be re-elected to the Commons in 1756.
|Parliament||First member||Second member|
|1558||John Gascoigne II||John Browne II |
|1559||Richard Onslow||Richard Assheton |
|1563||William Lambarde||Anthony Tailboyes |
|1571||Thomas Eynns||Barnaby Googe |
|1572||Richard Bunny II||Richard Tempest |
|1584||William Waad||David Waterhouse |
|1586||George Horsey||Ralph Hurleston |
|1588||Thomas Fairfax, 1st Lord Fairfax of Cameron||David Waterhouse |
|1593||Andrew Fisher||Edward Hancock |
|1597||Henry Bellasis||Richard Gargrave  >|
|1601||Sir Edward Cecil||Richard Theakston |
|1604–1611||Sir Henry Savile||Sir Edmund Sheffield|
|1614||Sir Henry Savile||George Wetherid|
|1621||Christopher Wandesford||John Carvile|
|1624||Christopher Wandesford||John Carvile|
|1625||Richard Aldborough||John Carvile|
|1626||Richard Aldborough||John Carvile|
|1628||Henry Darley||Robert Stapleton|
|1629–1640||No Parliaments summoned|
|Year||First member||First party||Second member||Second party|
|April 1640||Richard Aldeburgh||Royalist||Brian Palmes||Royalist|
|November 1640||Richard Aldeburgh||Royalist||Robert Strickland||Royalist|
|September 1642||Strickland disabled to sit – seat vacant|
|January 1643||Aldeburgh disabled to sit – seat vacant|
|1645||Thomas Scott (died January 1648)||Brian Stapylton|
|March (?) 1648||James Chaloner|
|December 1648||Stapylton not recorded as having sat after Pride's Purge|
|1653||Aldborough was unrepresented in the Barebones Parliament and the First and Second Parliaments of the Protectorate|
|January 1659||Francis Goodricke||John Lambert [n 1]|
|May 1659||No representatives in the restored Rump|
|1660||Sir Solomon Swale, Bt||Francis Goodricke|
|1673||Sir John Reresby, Bt [n 2]|
|February 1679||Henry Arthington|
|May 1679||Sir Godfrey Copley, Bt [n 3]|
|August 1679||Sir Brian Stapylton, Bt|
|1681||Sir John Reresby, Bt|
|1685||Sir Michael Wentworth||Sir Roger Strickland|
|1696||Henry Fairfax [n 4]|
|January 1698||William Wentworth|
|July 1698||Sir George Cooke||Sir Abstrupus Danby|
|1701||Robert Monckton||Whig||Cyril Arthington|
|1713||John Dawnay [n 5]||Paul Foley|
|February 1715||James Stanhope [n 6]||Whig||William Jessop||Whig|
|April 1715 by-election||William Monson|
|1734||Henry Pelham [n 7]||Whig|
|1735 by-election||John Jewkes||Whig||Andrew Wilkinson||Whig|
|1743 by-election||Nathaniel Newnham|
|1756 by-election||Nathaniel Cholmley|
|1765 by-election||Viscount Villiers|
|1768||Hon. Aubrey Beauclerk||Andrew Wilkinson||Whig|
|1772 by-election||Earl of Lincoln||Tory|
|1774||Charles Wilkinson||Abel Smith||Tory|
|1777 by-election||William Baker|
|1778 by-election||Hon. William Hanger|
|September 1780||Sir Richard Sutton, Bt [n 8]||Charles Mellish|
|November 1780 by-election||Edward Onslow|
|1781 by-election||Sir Samuel Fludyer, Bt|
|January 1784 by-election||John Gally Knight|
|March 1784||Richard Arden [n 9]||Whig|
|1797 by-election||John Blackburn|
|1806||Henry Fynes||Tory||Gilbert Jones||Tory|
|1814 by-election||Henry Gally Knight||Tory|
|1815 by-election||Granville Harcourt-Vernon||Tory|
|1826||Clinton James Fynes Clinton||Tory ||Sir Alexander Grant, Bt||Tory |
|1830||Viscount Stormont||Ultra-Tory |
|1831||Michael Thomas Sadler||Tory |
|Tory||Clinton James Fynes Clinton||Unopposed|
|Tory||Michael Thomas Sadler||Unopposed|
|Registered electors||c. 80|
|Tory||Clinton James Fynes Clinton||Unopposed|
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