Ennis (Parliament of Ireland constituency)

Ennis was a constituency represented in the Irish House of Commons until 1800, the lower house in the Irish Parliament of the Kingdom of Ireland. In the Patriot Parliament summoned by King James II in 1689, Ennis was represented with two members.[1] Following the Acts of Union 1800, it was succeeded by the Ennis constituency in the United Kingdom House of Commons.

Former borough constituency
for the Irish House of Commons
CountyCounty Clare
Former constituency
Created1613 (1613)
Replaced byEnnis

Notable members include Sir Edward O'Brien, 4th Baronet. When his son, the Tory turned Irish rebel, William Smith O'Brien, became MP for the then UK Parliamentary seat of Ennis, The Times described the constituency as "his father's borough".[2]

Members of Parliament, 1613–1801Edit

  • 1613 John Thornton of Doonass and Edmond Blood of Bohersallagh
  • 1634–1635 Sir Barnaby O’Brien (sat for Carlow-replaced by Francis Windebank) and Sir Richard Sudwell
  • 1639–1649 Simon Thorogood (replaced 1641 by Robert Casey) and Ralph Leventhorpe
  • 1661–1666 William Purefoy of King’s County and Isaac Granier of Kilrush


Election First member First party Second member Second party
1689 Patriot Parliament Florence MacCarthy Sir Theobald Butler
1692 Francis Burton John Gore
1695 Francis Gore
1703 Simon Purdon
1713 David Bindon[a]
1713 Francis Gore
1715 David Bindon Samuel Bindon
1727 Arthur Gore
1731 David Bindon
1761 Thomas Burton Lucius Henry O'Brien[b]
1768 Charles McDonnell Crofton Vandeleur
1776 William Burton[c] Sir Lucius O'Brien, 3rd Bt
1778 Francis Bernard
1783 Stewart Weldon John Thomas Foster
1790 Sir Lucius O'Brien, 3rd Bt William Burton Conyngham
1795 Sir Edward O'Brien, 4th Bt
1796 Lodge Evans Morres
1798 Nathaniel Sneyd[d]
1798 John Ormsby Vandeleur
1801 Succeeded by the Westminster constituency Ennis
  1. ^ Declared not duly elected in 1713.
  2. ^ Succeeded as 3rd Baronet in 1765.
  3. ^ Changed surname to Conyngham in 1781.
  4. ^ Also elected for Carrick in 1798, for which he chose to sit.


  1. ^ O'Hart 2007, p. 501.
  2. ^ General Election. The Times London, Wednesday 4 May 1831


  • O'Hart, John (2007). The Irish and Anglo-Irish Landed Gentry: When Cromwell came to Ireland. Vol. vol. II. Heritage Books. ISBN 978-0-7884-1927-0. {{cite book}}: |volume= has extra text (help)
  • James Frost,The History and Topography of the County of Clare
  • 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.