|Former County constituency|
for the House of Commons
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||Parts of Totnes, South Molton and Tiverton|
|Created from||East Devon|
|Number of members||Two (1640–1832); One (1832–1868)|
|Type of constituency||Borough constituency|
|Replaced by||East Devon|
Ashburton was a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament at Westminster, for one Parliament in 1298 and regularly from 1640 until it was abolished for the 1868 general election. It was one of three Devon borough constituencies newly enfranchised (or re-enfranchised after a gap of centuries) in the Long Parliament. It returned two Members of Parliament until the 1832 general election when the number was reduced to one MP.
Members of Parliament
Ashburton borough 1398–1868
- 1407 Richard Hurston, Walter Denys
Ashburton re-enfranchised by Parliament in Nov 1640
Mid or Ashburton division of Devon 1885–1918
|1904 by-election||Harry Eve||Liberal|
|1908 by-election||Ernest Morrison-Bell||Liberal Unionist|
|January 1910||Charles Buxton||Liberal|
|December 1910||Ernest Morrison-Bell||Conservative|
Elections in the 1830s
|Tory||Lawrence Vaughan Palk||Unopposed|
Arbuthnot resigned by accepting the office of Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds, causing a by-election.
|Whig||William Stephen Poyntz||Unopposed|
|Whig gain from Tory|
|Whig||William Stephen Poyntz||74||45.7||N/A|
|Tory||Lawrence Vaughan Palk||41||25.3||N/A|
|Turnout||81 (est)||80.2 (est)||N/A|
|Whig gain from Tory||Swing||N/A|
|Whig gain from Tory||Swing||N/A|
|Whig||William Stephen Poyntz||Unopposed|
|Conservative||John Horsley Palmer||71||44.4||New|
|Conservative||William John Utten Browne||87||47.0||+2.6|
Elections in the 1840s
Jardine's death caused a by-election.
|Conservative||John Horsley Palmer||96||40.5||New|
Elections in the 1850s
|Radical gain from Whig|
|Conservative||John Harvey Astell||91||50.3||New|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||N/A|
Elections in the 1860s
|Liberal gain from Conservative|
Elections in the 1880s
|Conservative||William James Harris||3,182||41.8||N/A|
|Liberal win (new seat)|
|Liberal Unionist||Richard Martin||3,007||46.8||+5.0|
Elections in the 1890s
|Conservative||Charles Robert Collins||3,650||45.6||-1.2|
|Conservative||John A Nix||3,976||47.6||+2.0|
Elections in the 1900s
|Conservative||John A Nix||3,716||45.3||−2.3|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+10.1|
Elections in the 1910s
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+2.7|
General Election 1914/15:
Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;
- Unionist: Ernest Morrison-Bell
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