Rathcormack (Parliament of Ireland constituency)

Rathcormack was a constituency represented in the Irish House of Commons from 1611 to 1800. It was a mix of potwalloping and a Manor Borough established by charter and remained tied to the borough and surrounding area. The franchise was vested in the £5 and until 1793, Protestant freeholders and after 1782 a year's residence was necessary. It was disenfranchised on the 1 January 1801 on the coming into force of the Acts of Union 1800 and compensation of £15,000 was paid to the representatives of the Tonson family.

Former borough constituency
for the Irish House of Commons
CountyCounty Cork
1611 (1611) (1611 (1611))–1801 (1801)
Replaced byDisfranchised



This constituency was the borough of Rathcormack in County Cork. After its establishment in 1611 it had a sovereign, 12 burgesses and freemen.

Members of Parliament

Election First member First party Second member Second party
1689 Patriot Parliament James Barry Edward Powel
1692 James Barry Robert Foulke
September 1703 Daniel Gahan[1]
1703 John Silver
1713 James Barry Edward Corker
November 1715 Jephson Busteed
1715 James Tynte
1727 James Barry Redmond Barry
1728 William FitzHerbert
1743 Joseph Leeson
1743 Brettridge Badham
1745 John Magill
1757 Abraham Devonsher
1761 James Dennis
1768 James Barry
1776 William Tonson Francis Bernard Beamish
1783 Charles Francis Sheridan Sackville Hamilton
1784 Thomas Orde
1790 Henry Duquerry John Philpot Curran Patriot
January 1798 Charles McDonnell Henry Boyle, Viscount Boyle
1798 William Bagwell
1801 Constituency disenfranchised


  1. ^ from 1705 Sir Daniel Gahan

See also



  • Johnston-Liik, E. M. (2002). History of the Irish Parliament, 1692 – 1800, Publisher: Ulster Historical Foundation (28 Feb 2002), ISBN 1-903688-09-4,[1]
  • T. W. Moody, F. X. Martin, F. J. Byrne, A New History of Ireland 1534-1691, Oxford University Press, 1978
  • Tim Cadogan and Jeremiah Falvey, A Biographical Dictionary of Cork, 2006, Four Courts Press ISBN 1-84682-030-8
  • 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.