1872 Kerry by-election

The 1872 Kerry by-election was fought on 6 February 1872[20 3]. The byelection was held due to the incumbent Liberal MP Valentine Browne succeeding to the peerage as Earl of Kenmare. It was won by the Home Rule candidate Rowland Blennerhassett.[1] The by-election was important in the decline of the Catholic Union whose candidate was defeated by Blennerhassett, who although a Home Ruler was a Protestant. The Bishop of Kerry had condemned the Home Rule campaign.


Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
Kerry by-election, 1872
Succession to peerage by Viscount Castlerosse
Home Rule gain from LiberalRowland BlennerhassettHome Rule62New
J. A. Dease Liberal38


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