Dublin County (UK Parliament constituency)

Dublin County was a parliamentary constituency in Ireland, which returned two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Dublin County
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Map of constituency
Local government in IrelandCounty Dublin
Major settlementsBlanchardstown, Swords, Balbriggan
18011885
Replaced byNorth Dublin and South Dublin
Created fromDublin County constituency

The constituency was created under the Act of Union 1800, replacing the Dublin County constituency in the Parliament of Ireland. For the 1885 general election, it was replaced with two new county divisions, Dublin County South and Dublin County North.

BoundariesEdit

This constituency comprised the whole of County Dublin, except for the Dublin borough constituency (which was separately represented). The borough comprised the whole of the county of the city of Dublin and the portion of the county at large within the Circular Road (see Dublin City (UK Parliament constituency) for further details.

A Topographical Directory of Ireland, published in 1837, describes some aspects of the Parliamentary history of the county.

Two knights of the shire are returned to the Imperial parliament, who are elected at the county court-house at Kilmainham : the number of electors registered under the 2d of William IV., c. 88, up to Feb. 1st, 1837, is 2728, of which 788 were £50, 407 £20, and 622 £10, freeholders; 18 £50, 427 £20, and 423 £10, leaseholders; and 12 £50, 30 £20, and 1 £10, rent-chargers : the number that voted at the last general election was 1480. Prior to the Union, the boroughs of Swords and Newcastle sent each two members to the Irish House of Commons.

Members of ParliamentEdit

Year 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1801, 1 January Hans Hamilton Tory[1] Sir Frederick Falkiner, Bt Tory[1]
1807, 26 May Richard Talbot Whig[1]
1823, 11 February Henry White Whig[1]
1830, 16 August William Brabazon Whig[1][2]
1832, 22 December Christopher Fitzsimon Repeal Association George Hampden Evans Whig[1]
1837, 7 August William Brabazon Whig[2]
1841, 16 July James Hans Hamilton Conservative[1] Thomas Edward Taylor Conservative[1]
1863, 22 April Ion Hamilton Conservative
1883, 27 February Edward King-Harman Conservative
1885 Constituency divided: see Dublin County South and Dublin County North

ElectionsEdit

Elections in the 1880sEdit

By-election, 27 Feb 1883: County Dublin[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Conservative Edward King-Harman 2,514 63.6 N/A
Irish Parliamentary Edward MacMahon 1,428 36.1 N/A
Irish Conservative Thomas Hosea Guinness[4] 13 0.3 N/A
Majority 1,086 27.5 N/A
Turnout 3,955 79.0 N/A
Registered electors 5,008
Irish Conservative hold Swing N/A
General election 1880: County Dublin[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Conservative 'Thomas Edward Taylor' Unopposed
Irish Conservative 'Ion Hamilton' Unopposed
Registered electors 3,539
Irish Conservative hold
Irish Conservative hold

Elections in the 1870sEdit

By-election, 18 Mar 1874: Dublin County[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Conservative Thomas Edward Taylor 2,183 63.9 N/A
Home Rule Charles Stewart Parnell 1,235 36.1 N/A
Majority 948 27.8 N/A
Turnout 3,418 81.5 N/A
Registered electors 4,193
Irish Conservative hold Swing N/A
General election 1874: County Dublin[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Conservative 'Thomas Edward Taylor' Unopposed
Irish Conservative 'Ion Hamilton' Unopposed
Registered electors 4,193
Irish Conservative hold
Irish Conservative hold

Elections in the 1860sEdit

General election 1868: County Dublin[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Conservative Ion Hamilton 2,174 39.4 +3.7
Irish Conservative Thomas Edward Taylor 2,163 39.2 +3.2
Liberal Peter Paul McSwiney 1,183 21.4 −6.8
Majority 980 17.8 +10.3
Turnout 3,352 (est) 75.1 (est) −3.7
Registered electors 4,465
Irish Conservative hold Swing +3.6
Irish Conservative hold Swing +3.3
General election 1865: County Dublin[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Conservative Thomas Edward Taylor 2,100 36.0 N/A
Irish Conservative Ion Hamilton 2,083 35.7 N/A
Liberal Charles William White 1,646 28.2 N/A
Majority 437 7.5 N/A
Turnout 3,738 (est) 78.8 (est) N/A
Registered electors 4,744
Irish Conservative hold Swing N/A
Irish Conservative hold Swing N/A
By-election, 22 April 1863: County Dublin[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Conservative 'Ion Hamilton' Unopposed
Registered electors 4,894
Irish Conservative hold
  • Caused by Hamilton's resignation.

Elections in the 1850sEdit

General election 1859: County Dublin[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Conservative 'James Hans Hamilton' Unopposed
Irish Conservative 'Thomas Edward Taylor' Unopposed
Registered electors 6,251
Conservative hold
Conservative hold
By-election, 11 March 1858: County Dublin[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Conservative 'Thomas Edward Taylor' Unopposed
Conservative hold
General election 1857: County Dublin[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Conservative James Hans Hamilton 2,451 38.0 +8.8
Irish Conservative Thomas Edward Taylor 2,338 36.3 +7.3
Whig Charles Compton William Domvile[5] 1,659 25.7 −16.1
Majority 679 10.5 +2.5
Turnout 4,054 (est) 66.2 (est) −2.8
Registered electors 6,123
Conservative hold Swing +8.4
Conservative hold Swing +7.7
General election 1852: County Dublin[3][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Conservative James Hans Hamilton 1,962 29.2 N/A
Irish Conservative Thomas Edward Taylor 1,946 29.0 N/A
Whig Augustus Craven 1,410 21.0 N/A
Whig John Lentaigne 1,396 20.8 N/A
Majority 536 8.0 N/A
Turnout 3,357 (est) 69.0 (est) N/A
Registered electors 4,864
Conservative hold Swing N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1840sEdit

General election 1847: County Dublin[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Conservative James Hans Hamilton Unopposed
Irish Conservative Thomas Edward Taylor Unopposed
Registered electors 3,278
Conservative hold
Conservative hold
General election 1841: County Dublin[3][1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Conservative James Hans Hamilton 1,051 25.6 N/A
Irish Conservative Thomas Edward Taylor 1,042 25.4 N/A
Whig William Brabazon 1,009 24.6 N/A
Whig George Hampden Evans 1,006 24.5 N/A
Majority 33 0.8 N/A
Turnout 2,054 (est) 72.8 (est) N/A
Registered electors 2,820
Conservative gain from Whig Swing N/A
Conservative gain from Whig Swing N/A

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Stooks Smith, Henry (1842). The Register of Parliamentary Contested Elections: Containing the Uncontested Elections Since 1830. London: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co. pp. 223–224. Retrieved 21 August 2019 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b Churton, Edward (1838). The Assembled Commons or Parliamentary Biographer. p. 36–37. Retrieved 21 August 2019 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Walker, B.M., ed. (1978). Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801-1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0901714127.
  4. ^ "County Dublin Election". Gloucester Citizen. 22 February 1883. p. 4. Retrieved 19 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ "Ireland". London Evening Standard. 16 April 1857. p. 3. Retrieved 30 September 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ "State of Polls". Kilkenny Journal, and Leinster Commercial and Literary Advertiser. 31 July 1852. p. 3. Retrieved 30 September 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.