Carmarthen (UK Parliament constituency)

Carmarthen was the name of a parliamentary constituency in Wales which returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom between 1542 and 1997. Until 1832 it was a borough constituency consisting of the town of Carmarthen, and between 1832 and 1918 it was a district of boroughs constituency, consisting of Carmarthen itself and Llanelli, and was sometimes called The Carmarthen Boroughs. In 1918 the borough was abolished but the name was transferred to one of the divisions of the county of Carmarthenshire.

After its abolition in 1997, it was partly replaced by the new Carmarthen East and Dinefwr constituency, and partly by Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire


Members of Parliament



Year Member Party
November 1640 Francis Lloyd Royalist
February 1644 Lloyd disabled from sitting - seat vacant
1646 William Davies
December 1648 Davies not recorded as sitting after Pride's Purge
1653 Carmarthen was not represented in the Barebones Parliament
or the First or Second Parliaments of the Protectorate
January 1659 David Morgan
May 1659 Not represented in the restored Rump
April 1660 Arthur Annesley
1661 Hon. John Vaughan
1679 Altham Vaughan
1685 Richard Vaughan
1725 James Phillips
1727 Arthur Bevan
1741 Sir John Philipps
1747 Thomas Mathews
1751 Griffith Philipps
1761 The Earl Verney
1768 Griffith Philipps
1774 John Adams
1780 George Philipps
1784 John George Philipps
May 1796 Magens Dorrien Magens
November 1796 John George Philipps
1803 Sir William Paxton
1806 Vice-Admiral George Campbell
1813 John Frederick Campbell
1821 John Jones
1832 Hon. William Yelverton Whig
1835 David Lewis Conservative
1837 David Morris Whig
1859 Liberal
1864 William Morris Liberal
1868 (Sir) John Cowell-Stepney Liberal
1874 Charles William Nevill Conservative
1876 (Sir) Emile Cowell-Stepney Liberal
1878 Benjamin Thomas Williams Liberal

1882 by-election John Jones Jenkins Liberal

1886 Sir Emile Cowell-Stepney Liberal

1892 Evan Rowland Jones Liberal

1895 Sir John Jones Jenkins Liberal Unionist

1900 Alfred Davies Liberal

1906 William Llewelyn Williams Liberal

1918 John Hinds Coalition Liberal

1923 Sir Ellis Ellis-Griffith Liberal

1924 by-election Alfred Mond Liberal

1928 by-election William Nathaniel Jones Liberal

1929 Daniel Hopkin Labour

1931 Richard Thomas Evans Liberal

1935 Daniel Hopkin Labour

1941 by-election Ronw Moelwyn Hughes Labour

1945 Rhys Hopkin Morris Liberal

1957 by-election Megan Lloyd-George Labour

1966 by-election Gwynfor Evans Plaid Cymru

1970 Gwynoro Jones Labour

Oct. 1974 Gwynfor Evans Plaid Cymru

1979 Roger Thomas Labour

1987 Alan Wynne Williams Labour

1997 constituency abolished. See Carmarthen East & Dinefwr and
Carmarthen West & South Pembrokeshire


Election results


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  • Cobbett's Parliamentary history of England, from the Norman Conquest in 1066 to the year 1803 (London: Thomas Hansard, 1808)
  • The Constitutional Year Book for 1913 (London: National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations, 1913)
  • F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (2nd edition, Aldershot: Parliamentary Research Services, 1989)
  • J Holladay Philbin, Parliamentary Representation 1832 - England and Wales (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1965)

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