Leitrim (UK Parliament constituency)

Leitrim was a Parliamentary constituency in Ireland, represented in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. It returned two Members of Parliament (MPs) from 1801 to 1885 and one from 1918 to 1922.

Leitrim
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
18011885
Replaced byNorth Leitrim, South Leitrim
19181922
Created fromNorth Leitrim, South Leitrim

BoundariesEdit

This constituency comprised the whole of County Leitrim.

Members of ParliamentEdit

MPs 1801–85Edit

Election 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1801 Nathaniel Clements, Viscount Clements, later Earl of Leitrim Whig[1] Theophilus Jones Tory[1]
1802 Peter La Touche Whig[1]
1805 by-election Henry John Clements Tory[1]
1806 William Gore
1807 John La Touche Whig[1]
1818 Luke White Tory[1]
1820 John Marcus Clements Tory[1]
1824 by-election Samuel White Whig[1][2]
1826 Robert Clements, Viscount Clements Whig[1][2]
1830 John Marcus Clements Tory[1][3]
1832 Robert Clements, Viscount Clements Whig[1][4]
1839 by-election William Clements, Viscount Clements, later Earl of Leitrim Whig
1847 Edward King-Tenison Whig[5][6][7] Charles Skeffington Clements Whig[7][5]
1852 Hugh Lyons-Montgomery Conservative[3] John Brady Ind. Irish[3]
1858 by-election William Ormsby-Gore, later Baron Harlech Conservative[3]
1859 Liberal[3]
1865
1868
1874 Home Rule[3]
1876 by-election Francis O'Beirne Home Rule[3]
1880 Arthur Loftus Tottenham Conservative[3]
1885 Constituency divided: see North Leitrim and South Leitrim

MPs 1918–22Edit

Election Member Party Note
1918 Single member constituency created
1918, December 14[8] James Dolan Sinn Féin Did not take his seat at Westminster
1922, October 26 UK constituency abolished

ElectionsEdit

Elections in the 1840sEdit

General election 1841: Leitrim (2 seats)[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig Samuel White Unopposed
Whig William Clements Unopposed
Registered electors 1,488
Whig hold
Whig hold
General election 1847: Leitrim (2 seats)[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig Edward King-Tenison 389 34.5 N/A
Whig Charles Skeffington Clements 376 33.4 N/A
Conservative John Robert Godley 329 29.2 N/A
Independent John Reynolds Dickson 32 2.8 N/A
Majority 47 4.3 N/A
Turnout 563 (est) 41.5 (est) N/A
Registered electors 1,357
Whig hold Swing N/A
Whig hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1850sEdit

General election 1852: Leitrim (2 seats)[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Hugh Lyons-Montgomery 617 36.1 +6.9
Independent Irish John Brady 551 32.3 N/A
Whig Charles Skeffington Clements 540 31.6 −1.8
Turnout 854 (est) 67.5 (est) +26.0
Registered electors 1,265
Majority 66 3.9 N/A
Conservative gain from Whig Swing +3.9
Majority 11 0.6 N/A
Independent Irish gain from Whig Swing N/A
General election 1857: Leitrim (2 seats)[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Hugh Lyons-Montgomery 1,577 49.7 +13.6
Independent Irish John Brady 1,006 31.7 −0.6
Whig Edward King-Tenison 591 18.6 −13.0
Turnout 1,587 (est) 60.4 (est) −7.1
Registered electors 2,628
Majority 571 18.0 +14.1
Conservative hold Swing +7.0
Majority 415 13.1 +12.5
Independent Irish hold Swing −3.7

Montgomery resigned by accepting the office of Steward of the Manor of Hempholme, causing a by-election.

By-election, 17 May 1858: Leitrim[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Ormsby-Gore Unopposed
Conservative hold
General election 1859: Leitrim (2 seats)[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Ormsby-Gore Unopposed
Liberal John Brady Unopposed
Registered electors 2,404
Conservative hold
Liberal hold

Elections in the 1860sEdit

General election 1865: Leitrim (2 seats)[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Ormsby-Gore 1,383 42.1 N/A
Liberal John Brady 1,011 30.8 N/A
Liberal Edward King-Tenison 892 27.1 N/A
Majority 372 11.3 N/A
Turnout 2,335 (est) 97.7 (est) N/A
Registered electors 2,389
Conservative hold Swing N/A
Liberal hold Swing N/A
General election 1868: Leitrim (2 seats)[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Ormsby-Gore Unopposed
Liberal John Brady Unopposed
Registered electors 2,637
Conservative hold
Liberal hold

Elections in the 1870sEdit

General election 1874: Leitrim (2 seats)[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Home Rule John Brady 1,313 37.9 N/A
Conservative William Ormsby-Gore 1,098 31.7 N/A
Home Rule Francis O'Beirne 1,055 30.4 N/A
Turnout 2,282 (est) 88.8 (est) N/A
Registered electors 2,571
Majority 215 6.2 N/A
Home Rule gain from Liberal Swing N/A
Majority 43 1.2 N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A

Gore succeeded to the peerage, becoming Lord Harlech, and causing a by-election.

1876 Leitrim by-election (1 seat)[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Home Rule Francis O'Beirne 1,276 58.9 -9.4
Conservative Arthur Loftus Tottenham 885 40.8 +9.1
Home Rule Charles McGowan 7 0.3 N/A
Majority 391 18.0 +11.8
Turnout 2,168 85.4 -3.4
Registered electors 2,383
Home Rule gain from Conservative Swing +9.3

Elections in the 1880sEdit

General election 1880: Leitrim (2 seats)[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Arthur Loftus Tottenham 1,038 33.1 +1.4
Home Rule Francis O'Beirne 837 26.7 -10.2
Home Rule Thomas Quinn 668 21.3 -10.4
Home Rule Isaac Nelson 593 18.9 N/A
Majority 201 6.4 +0.2
Turnout 2,087 (est) 87.6 (est) -1.2
Registered electors 2,383
Conservative hold Swing +5.6
Home Rule hold Swing -5.5

Elections in the 1910sEdit

General election 1918: Leitrim[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Sinn Féin James Dolan 17,711 85.1 N/A
Irish Parliamentary Gerald Farrell 3,096 14.9 N/A
Majority 14,615 70.2 N/A
Turnout 20,807 69.2 N/A
Registered electors 30,079
Sinn Féin win (new seat)

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Smith, Henry Stooks (1842). The Register of Parliamentary Contested Elections (Second ed.). Simpkin, Marshall & Company. pp. 231–232. Retrieved 4 October 2018 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b Farrell, Stephen. Fisher, D. R.. (ed.). "WHITE, Samuel (c.1784–1854), of Killakee, co. Dublin". The History of Parliament. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Walker, B.M., ed. (1978). Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801–1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0901714127.
  4. ^ Churton, Edward (1838). The Assembled Commons or Parliamentary Biographer. p. 57. Retrieved 24 August 2019 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ a b "Leitrim (Country)". Bell's Weekly Messenger. 14 August 1847. p. 2. Retrieved 24 February 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ "MP of the Month: Edward King Tenison". The Victorian Commons. June 27, 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Leitrim". Dublin Weekly Nation. 21 August 1847. pp. 4–5. Retrieved 4 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  8. ^ December 14 was the date of polling day. The result was declared on 28 December 1918, to allow time for votes cast by members of the armed forces to be included in the count.

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