Queenborough (UK Parliament constituency)
|Former Borough constituency|
for the House of Commons
|Number of members||Two|
Queenborough was a rotten borough situated on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. From 1572 until it was abolished by the great reform act of 1832, it returned two Members of Parliament. The franchise was vested in the freemen of the town, of whom there were more than 300. Its electorate was therefore one of largest of the 56 boroughs that were abolished. Most freemen, however, were non resident.
A small town in Kent, England, which grew as a port near the Thames Estuary. Formerly a municipal borough in the Faversham parliamentary division of Kent, is two miles south of Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey, nearby the westward entrance to the Swale, where it joins the River Medway. It is now in the Sittingbourne and Sheppey parliamentary constituency and governed by Swale Borough Council and Queenborough Town Council. Queenborough Harbour offers moorings between the Thames and Medway. It is possible to land at Queenborough on any tide and there are boat builders and chandlers in the marina. Admiral Lord Nelson, is reputed to have learnt much of his seafaring skills in these waters, and also shared a house near the small harbour with his mistress, the Lady Hamilton.
Members of Parliament
|Parliament||First member||Second member|
|1571||John Brooke alias Cobham||John Parker |
|1572 (May)||John Brooke alias Cobham||William Butler, died |
and replaced Dec 1580 by Sir Humphrey Gilbert 
|1584 (Nov)||John Brooke alias Cobham||William Parry, expelled from the House |
and replaced Feb 1585 by Sir Edward Hoby 
|1586 (Sep)||Sir Edward Hoby||Michael Sondes |
|1588||William Boys||Michael Sondes |
|1593||John Brooke alias Cobham||John Baynham |
|1597||Sir George Carew||Michael Sondes |
|1601||Sir Michael Sondes||Nicholas Troughton |
|1604||Sir Edward Stafford||Michael Sondes|
|1614||Roger Palmer||Robert Hatton|
|1621-1622||James Palmer||William Frowde|
|1624||Roger Palmer||Robert Pooley|
|1625||Roger Palmer||Sir Edward Hales|
|1626||Roger Palmer||Robert Pooley|
|1628||Roger Palmer||Sir John Hales|
|1629–1640||No Parliaments summoned|
- "History of Parliament". Retrieved 2011-10-12.
- Rear Admiral from 1762
- Hunt was expelled from the Commons on 23 May 1810
- At the election of 1830 Holmes and Durham were initially declared to have defeated Capel and Gladstone and took their seats, but on petition the result was reversed. Holmes had also been elected for Haslemere, and sat for that constituency for the rest of the Parliament.
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- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "Q"