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

Background Information

Number of voters:

about 800


2 Mar. 1715LEWIS PRYSE 
 Thomas Johnes 
29 Jan. 1717OWEN BRIGSTOCKE vice Pryse expelled the House 
27 Sept. 1727JOHN VAUGHN, Visct. Lisburne404
 Thomas Powell340
29 May 1734WALTER LLOYD 
9 June 1741WALTER LLOYD344
 Thomas Powell340
 POWELL vice Lloyd, on petition, 22 Mar. 1742 
23 July 1747JOHN LLOYD 

Main Article

The Cardiganshire Whigs were headed by the Lisburnes of Crosswood and Thomas Johnes of Llanfair; the Tories by the Pryses of Gogerddan and the Powells of Nanteos. In 1715 Lewis Pryse defeated the sitting Member, Johnes, but was expelled for contempt in 1716. At the ensuing by-election and in 1722 Tories were returned with the support of the Gogerddan and Nanteos interests.1 A Gogerddan minority enabled the Whigs to recover the seat in 1727, when Lord Lisburne defeated Thomas Powell, and again in 1734, when there was no opposition to Walter Lloyd of Peterwell,2 whose return marked the rise of a third important Whig family in the county. Lloyd was returned again in 1741 by the partisan conduct of a Whig sheriff but on petition the seat was awarded by the anti-Walpole majority in the House of Commons to his Tory opponent, Thomas Powell. Lloyd’s son John was returned unopposed in 1747, another minority having occurred in the Gogerddan family, whose trustees were inclined to support him ‘for the peace of the county’.3

Author: Peter D.G. Thomas


  • 1. Lewis Pryse to Wm. Powell, 30 Oct. 1714; O. Brigstocke to Wm. Powell, 6 Jan. 1717; F. Cornwallis to Wm. Powell, 7 Apr. and 23 Nov. 1720, Nanteos mss, NLW.
  • 2. Rich. Lloyd to Walpole, 12 June 1734, Chomondeley (Houghton) mss.
  • 3. Rev. J. Lloyd to Thos. Lloyd, 20 June 1747, Gogerddan mss, NLW.