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Meath (UK Parliament constituency)

BoundariesEdit

This constituency comprised the whole of County Meath.

Members of ParliamentEdit

ElectionsEdit

Elections in the 1840sEdit

O'Connnell resigned after being appointed assistant registrar of deeds, causing a by-election.

By-election, 4 February 1840: Meath[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig Matthew Corbally Unopposed
Whig gain from Irish Repeal
General election 1841: Meath[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Repeal Daniel O'Connell Unopposed
Irish Repeal Henry Grattan Unopposed
Registered electors 1,236
Irish Repeal hold
Irish Repeal hold

O'Connell was also elected for Cork County and opted to sit there, causing a by-election.

By-election, 10 June 1842: Meath[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig Matthew Corbally Unopposed
Whig gain from Irish Repeal
General election 1847: Meath[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Whig Matthew Corbally 598 41.8 N/A
Irish Repeal Henry Grattan 503 35.1 N/A
Conservative Henry Corbet Singleton 331 23.1 N/A
Turnout 716 (est) 44.4 (est) N/A
Registered electors 1,611
Majority 95 6.6 N/A
Whig gain from Irish Repeal Swing N/A
Majority 172 12.0 N/A
Irish Repeal hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1850sEdit

General election 1852: Meath[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Irish Frederick Lucas 2,004 44.2 N/A
Independent Irish Matthew Corbally 1,968 43.4 +1.6
Independent Irish Henry Grattan 565 12.5 −22.6
Majority 1,403 30.9 N/A
Turnout 2,269 (est) 53.8 (est) +9.4
Registered electors 4,218
Independent Irish gain from Irish Repeal Swing N/A
Independent Irish gain from Whig Swing N/A

Lucas' death caused a by-election.

By-election, 17 December 1855: Meath[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Irish Edward McEvoy 1,639 64.6 N/A
Whig Henry Meredyth[9] 899 35.4 N/A
Majority 740 29.2 −1.7
Turnout 2,538 60.2 +6.4
Registered electors 4,218
Independent Irish hold Swing N/A
General election 1857: Meath[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Irish Matthew Corbally Unopposed
Independent Irish Edward McEvoy Unopposed
Registered electors 4,177
Independent Irish hold
Independent Irish hold
General election 1859: Meath[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Matthew Corbally Unopposed
Liberal Edward McEvoy Unopposed
Registered electors 4,383
Liberal hold
Liberal hold

Elections in the 1860sEdit

General election 1865: Meath[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Matthew Corbally Unopposed
Liberal Edward McEvoy Unopposed
Registered electors 4,155
Liberal hold
Liberal hold
General election 1868: Meath[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Matthew Corbally 1,696 49.3 N/A
Liberal Edward McEvoy 1,655 48.1 N/A
Liberal John Thomas Hinds 88 2.6 N/A
Majority 1,567 45.6 N/A
Turnout 1,720 (est) 42.8 (est) N/A
Registered electors 4,018
Liberal hold Swing N/A
Liberal hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1870sEdit

Corbally's death caused a by-election.

By-election, 17 Jan 1871: Meath[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Nationalist John Martin 1,140 62.5 N/A
Conservative George John Plunkett 684 37.5 N/A
Majority 456 25.0 N/A
Turnout 1,824 43.6 +0.8
Registered electors 4,179
Independent Nationalist gain from Liberal Swing N/A
General election 1874: Meath[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Home Rule Nicholas Ennis 1,716 38.8 N/A
Home Rule John Martin 1,709 38.7 N/A
Conservative James Lennox Napier 992 22.5 N/A
Majority 717 16.2 N/A
Turnout 2,705 (est) 66.5 (est) +20.9
Registered electors 4,069
Home Rule gain from Liberal Swing N/A
Home Rule gain from Liberal Swing N/A

Martin's death caused a by-election.

By-election, 17 Apr 1875: Meath[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Home Rule Charles Stewart Parnell 1,771 62.8 −14.7
Conservative James Lennox Napier 912 32.3 +9.8
Home Rule John Thomas Hinds 138 4.9 N/A
Majority 859 30.5 +14.3
Turnout 2,821 68.2 +1.7
Registered electors 4,139
Home Rule hold Swing −12.3

Elections in the 1880sEdit

General election 1880: Meath[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Home Rule League (Parnellite) Charles Stewart Parnell 2,283 45.2 +6.4
Home Rule Robert Henry Metge 2,252 44.6 +5.9
Conservative Henry Lorton Bourke 514 10.2 −12.3
Majority 1,738 34.4 +18.2
Turnout 2,797 (est) 72.1 (est) +5.6
Registered electors 3,877
Home Rule hold Swing +6.3
Home Rule hold Swing +6.0

Parnell was also elected MP for Cork City and opted to sit there, causing a by-election.

By-election, 20 May 1880: Meath[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Home Rule Alexander Martin Sullivan Unopposed
Registered electors 3,877
Home Rule hold

Sullivan resigned, causing a by-election.

By-election, 22 Feb 1882: Meath[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Home Rule Michael Davitt Unopposed
Registered electors 3,711
Home Rule hold

Davitt was disqualified because he was in prison, causing a by-election.

By-election, 14 Apr 1882: Meath[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Home Rule Edward Sheil Unopposed
Registered electors 3,711
Home Rule hold

Metge resigned, causing a by-election.

By-election, 21 Feb 1884: Meath[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Home Rule William Meagher Unopposed
Registered electors 3,660
Home Rule hold

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Smith, Henry Stooks (1842). The Register of Parliamentary Contested Elections (Second ed.). Simpkin, Marshall & Company. p. 236. Retrieved 6 October 2018 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai Walker, B.M., ed. (1978). Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801-1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0901714127.
  3. ^ a b "Election News". Cambridge Independent Press. Cambridgeshire. 18 June 1842. p. 3. Retrieved 2 March 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ a b "Meath". Gloucestershire Chronicle. 1 February 1840. p. 4. Retrieved 3 March 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ a b "T.he Globe states that Mr. Matthew Elias Corbally,w ho declined". The Spectator. 28 May 1842. p. 11. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  6. ^ O'Connell was also returned for County Cork and chose to sit for Cork
  7. ^ At the 1880 general election, Parnell was also returned for both Mayo and Cork City. He chose to sit for Cork
  8. ^ As a convicted felon, Davitt was held to be incapable of taking his seat. A by-election was held in April 1882
  9. ^ "County of Meath Election". Berkshire Chronicle. 15 December 1855. p. 8. Retrieved 6 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.

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