South Devon (UK Parliament constituency)

South Devon
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County Devon
Number of members Two
Created from Devon

South Devon, formerly known as the Southern Division of Devon, was parliamentary constituency in the county of Devon in England. From 1832 to 1885 it returned two Knights of the Shire to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the bloc vote system.


In 1832 the county of Devon, in south western England, was divided for Parliamentary purposes between this constituency and North Devon. In 1868 the Devon county constituencies were re-arranged into North, South and East Devon divisions. Each of these divisions returned two members of Parliament.

In 1885 the three constituencies were again redrawn, so that Devon was represented by eight single member County constituencies (there were also three borough constituencies, two of which returned two members and the third one member). The county was split between the new smaller constituencies of Ashburton (alternatively the Mid Division), Barnstaple (the North-Western Division), Honiton (the Eastern Division), South Molton (the Northern Division), Tavistock (the Western Division), Tiverton (the North-Eastern Division), Torquay and Totnes (the Southern Division). The constituencies in this redistribution are normally referred to by the distinctive place name rather than the alternative compass point designation, so the South Devon division is considered to have been abolished in 1885.

Members of Parliament

ElectionFirst memberFirst partySecond memberSecond party
1832 Lord John Russell Liberal John Crocker Bulteel Liberal
1835 Sir John Buller Yarde-Buller, Bt Conservative
May 1835 by-election Montague Edmund Newcombe Parker of Whiteway House Conservative
1841 Lord Courtenay Conservative
1849 by-election Sir Ralph Lopes, Bt Conservative
1854 by-election Sir Lawrence Palk, Bt Conservative
1858 by-election Samuel Trehawke Kekewich Conservative
1868 Sir Massey Lopes, Bt Conservative
1873 by-election John Carpenter Garnier Conservative
1884 by-election John Tremayne Conservative
1885 Constituency abolished


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