Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
Available from Boydell and Brewer

Background Information

Right of Election:

after 1727 in the resident freemen

Number of voters:

about 180 in 1723 and 1727; 69 in 1744


3 Feb. 1715ROGER JONES 
24 May 1723THOMAS MORGAN vice William Morgan, chose to sit for Monmouthshire113
 John Pratt69
28 Aug. 1727THOMAS MORGAN1051
 John Jeffreys61
1 May 1734JOHN TALBOT 
10 Apr. 1740JOHN TALBOT re-elected after appointment to office31
 William Scourfield28
12 May 1741JOHN TALBOT 
2 July 1747JOHN TALBOT 

Main Article

The control of Brecon was disputed between two local Whig families, Morgan of Tredegar and Jeffreys of the Priory. In 1715 the sitting Member, supported by the Tredegar interest, was returned unopposed. In 1722 William Morgan of Tredegar was returned without a contest, but made his election for Monmouthshire, putting up his younger brother, Thomas, who was returned both on this occasion and in 1727 against Priory candidates. On both occasions petitions were presented against his return on the ground that the Priory candidates had a majority of legal voters, but that the returning officer had refused to poll many of them and had also accepted unqualified, i.e. non-resident, voters for Morgan, 60 in 1723 and 39 in 1727.2 No decision was reached on either petition. In 1727 Morgan’s opponents brought an action in the court of King’s bench, who ruled that residence was a necessary qualification for the franchise. On appeal the ruling was upheld by the House of Lords. Nevertheless the Morgans continued to return their candidates, though at a by-election in 1740 by only 3 votes. A list of voters in 1744 shows 44 for Tredegar and 25 for the Priory.3

Author: Peter D.G. Thomas


  • 1. NLW Tredegar mss 33/38.
  • 2. CJ, xx. 232; xxi. 26.
  • 3. Tredegar mss 124/430.