Montgomeryshire

County

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
Available from Boydell and Brewer

Elections

DateCandidate
28 Jan. 1559EDWARD HERBERT I
1562/3EDWARD HERBERT I
1571EDWARD HERBERT I
1572JOHN PRICE II
31 Oct. 1584RICHARD HERBERT I
1 Oct. 1586OLIVER LLOYD
26 Oct. 1588EDWARD HERBERT I
 Arthur Price
1593REGINALD WILLIAMS
17 Sept. 1597WILLIAM HERBERT III
10 Oct. 1601EDWARD HERBERT III

Main Article

Edward Herbert I of Montgomery castle was unquestionably the most powerful figure in the county at the beginning of the reign and the representation of the shire was entirely in his hands. He himself monopolized the county seat in the first three Parliaments and then nominated his fellow deputy lieutenant and brother-in-law, John Price II, in 1572, his son and heir, Richard Herbert I, in 1584 and a close associate, Oliver Lloyd of Leighton, in 1586.

By 1588 Edward Herbert I was 75 years of age and nobody can have expected him to stand again for election. Indeed, at first he did not intend to do so. The original candidate was Arthur Price, younger brother of John Price II of Newtown, who had enjoyed Herbert support in earlier years. However, the ties between the two houses had been loosened by the death of Edward Herbert I’s wife, Elizabeth née Price, and new all