Cork City (Parliament of Ireland constituency)

Cork City (also known as Cork Borough) was a constituency represented in the Irish House of Commons to 1800.

Cork City
Former borough constituency
for the Irish House of Commons
Former constituency
Created1264 (1264)
Replaced byCork City

Boundaries and boundary changesEdit

This constituency was the Parliamentary borough of Cork in County Cork. It comprised the whole of the County of the City of Cork. Cork had the status of a county of itself, although it remained connected with County Cork for certain purposes.

A Topographical Directory of Ireland, published in 1837, describes the area covered. This seems to be the same area used, for the Parliament of Ireland constituency, in previous centuries.

The county of the city comprises a populous rural district of great beauty and fertility, watered by several small rivulets and intersected by the river Lee and its noble estuary: it is bounded on the north by the barony of Fermoy, on the east by that of Barrymore, on the south by Kerricurrihy, and on the west by Muskerry: it comprehends the parishes of St. Finbarr, Christ-Church or the Holy Trinity, St. Peter, St. Mary Shandon, St. Anne Shandon, St. Paul and St. Nicholas, all, except part of St. Finbarr's, within the city and suburbs, and those of Curricuppane, Carrigrohanemore, Kilcully, and Rathcoony, together with parts of the parishes of Killanully or Killingly, Carrigaline, Dunbullogue or Carrignavar, Ballinaboy, Inniskenny, Kilnaglory, White-church, and Templemichael, without those limits; and contains, according to the Ordnance survey, an area of 44,463 statute acres, of which, 2396 are occupied by the city and suburbs.

The Directory also has a passage on the representative history, which includes some information that applies to the pre-1801 constituency.

The right of election was vested in the freemen of the city, and in the 40s. freeholders and £50 leaseholders of the county of the city, of whom the freemen, in 1831, amounted in number to 2331, and the freeholders to 1545, making a total of 3876; but by the act of the 2nd of Wm. IV., cap. 88 (under which the city, from its distinguished importance, retains its privilege of returning two representatives to the Imperial parliament, and the limits of the franchise, comprising the entire county of the city, remain unaltered), the non-resident freemen, except within seven miles, have been disfranchised, and the privilege of voting at elections has been extended to the £10 householders, and the £20 and £10 leaseholders for the respective terms of 14 and 20 years. The number of voters registered up to Jan. 2nd, 1836, amounted to 4791, of whom 1065 were freemen; 2727 £10 householders; 105 £50, 152 £20, and 608 forty-shilling freeholders; 3 £50, 7 £20, and 2 £10 rent-chargers; and 1 £50, 26 £20, and 95 £10 leaseholders: the sheriffs are the returning officers.

Thus, before the Union, the electorate comprised the freemen of the city (including non-residents), and the Forty Shilling Freeholders of the county of the city. It returned two members to the Parliament of Ireland to 1800.


In the Patriot Parliament of 1689 summoned by King James II, Cork City was represented with two members.[1] Following the Act of Union 1800 the borough retained two parliamentary seats in the United Kingdom House of Commons.

Members of Parliament, 1264–1801Edit

Election First member First party Second member Second party
1559 John Meade Stephen Coppinger
1585 John Meade Thomas Sarsfield
1613 Edmund Terry David Terry
1634 Dominick Coppinger Sir William Sarsfield
1639 Sir Andrew Barrett Dominick Roche
1661 Sir Peter Courthorpe Sir Richard Kyrle
1689 Patriot Parliament Sir James Fitz Edmond Cotter John Galway
1692 Alan Brodrick Whig Robert Rogers
1703 Thomas Erle
1710 Edward Hoare
1713 St John Brodrick
1715 Edmond Knapp
1727 Hugh Dickson Edward Webber
1731 Jonas Morris
1735 Emanuel Pigott
1739 Matthew Deane[note 1]
1751 Thomas Newenham
1761 John Hely-Hutchinson Administration Sir John Freke, 3rd Bt
1764 William Brabazon Ponsonby
1776 Richard Longfield[note 2]
1783 Augustus Louis Carre Warren
1790 Hon. John Hely-Hutchinson Richard Longfield
1796 William Hare
1797 Mountifort Longfield
1801 Succeeded by the Westminster constituency Cork City


  1. ^ Succeeded as 4th Baronet in 1747
  2. ^ Declared not duly elected in 1783


  1. ^ O'Hart 2007, p. 501.


  • O'Hart, John (2007). The Irish and Anglo-Irish Landed Gentry: When Cromwell came to Ireland. vol. II. Heritage Books. ISBN 0-7884-1927-7. |volume= has extra text (help)
  • Johnston-Liik, E. M. (2002). History of the Irish Parliament, 1692–1800., Publisher: Ulster Historical Foundation (28 February 2002), ISBN 1-903688-09-4
  • Tim Cadogan and Jeremiah Falvey, A Biographical Dictionary of Cork, 2006, Four Courts Press ISBN 1-84682-030-8
  • T. W. Moody, F. X. Martin, F. J. Byrne, A New History of Ireland 1534–1691, Oxford University Press, 1978
  • Leigh Rayment's historical List of Members of the Irish House of Commons. Cites: Johnston-Liik, Edith Mary (2002). The History of the Irish Parliament 1692-1800 (6 volumes). Ulster Historical Foundation.