Kilbeggan (Parliament of Ireland constituency)

Kilbeggan was a constituency represented in the Irish House of Commons from 1612 to 1800.

Former borough constituency
for the Irish House of Commons
CountyCounty Westmeath
1612 (1612) (1612 (1612))–1801 (1801)
Replaced byDisfranchised



The borough was incorporated by James I by a Charter dated 27 February 1612. The charter conferred upon the elected portreeve and burgesses the right to return two Members to Parliament. In the Patriot Parliament of 1689 summoned by James II, Kilbeggan was represented by two members.[1] Between 1725 and 1793 Catholics and those married to Catholics could not vote.

A sum of £15,000 was paid at the 1801 Union, to Gustavus Lambart as compensation for the loss of the elective franchise.[2]

Members of Parliament, 1612–1801

  • 1613–1615 Sir Robert Newcomen and Beverly Newcomen[3]
  • 1634–1635 Edward Keating[4] and Robert Birley[3]
  • 1639–1649 Sir Robert Forth and John Warren (Warren died and was replaced in 1647 by Richard Lambart.[3]
  • 1661–1666 Walter Lambert (died and replaced 1665 by Francis Willoughby) and Oliver Lambert of Painstown[5]


Election First member First party Second member Second party
1689 Patriot Parliament Bryan Geoghegan Charles Geoghegan
1692 Oliver Lambart John Wakeley
1695 Charles Lambart
1703 Patrick Fox
1713 Brabazon Newcomen John Preston[note 1]
1715 William FitzHerbert
1715 Charles Lambart
1727 Charles Lambart
1741 Gustavus Lambart
1753 Hamilton Lambart
1761 Thomas Tipping
1768 Charles Lambart
1776 Sir Richard Johnston, 1st Bt
1783 Henry Flood Patriot John Philpot Curran Patriot
1790 Thomas Burgh William Sherlock
1798 Sir Francis Hopkins, 1st Bt Gustavus Lambart
1800 Thomas Goold
1801 Disenfranchised


  1. ^ Also elected for County Meath in 1713, for which he chose to sit.


  1. ^ O'Hart 2007, p. 504.
  2. ^ "The Midland Boroughs in the 1830s – Kilbeggan". Archived from the original on 5 February 2012.
  3. ^ a b c McGrath, Brid (1998). A biographical dictionary of the membership of the Irish House of Commons 1640-1641 (thesis). Department of History, Trinity College Dublin. hdl:2262/77206.
  4. ^ Kearney, Hugh. Strafford in Ireland 1633-1641: A Study in Absolutism. p. 232.
  5. ^ Parliamentary Papers, Volume 62, Part 2. p. 636.


  • O'Hart, John (2007). The Irish and Anglo-Irish Landed Gentry: When Cromwell came to Ireland. Vol. II. Heritage Books. ISBN 978-0-7884-1927-0.
  • 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.