Dunleer (Parliament of Ireland constituency)

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Dunleer
Former Borough constituency
for the Irish House of Commons
Former constituency
Created1679 (1679)
Abolished1800
Replaced byDisenfranchised

Dunleer was a constituency represented in the Irish House of Commons to 1801.

Irish House of Commons lower house of the irish parliament (until 1800)

The Irish House of Commons was the lower house of the Parliament of Ireland that existed from 1297 until 1800. The upper house was the House of Lords. The membership of the House of Commons was directly elected, but on a highly restrictive franchise, similar to the Unreformed House of Commons in contemporary England and Great Britain. In counties, forty-shilling freeholders were enfranchised whilst in most boroughs it was either only the members of self-electing corporations or a highly-restricted body of freemen that were able to vote for the borough's representatives. Most notably, Catholics were disqualified from sitting in the Irish parliament from 1691, even though they comprised the vast majority of the Irish population. From 1728 until 1793 they were also disfranchised. Most of the population of all religions had no vote. The vast majority of parliamentary boroughs were pocket boroughs, the private property of an aristocratic patron. When these boroughs were disfranchised under the Act of Union, the patron was awarded £15,000 compensation for each.

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History

In the Patriot Parliament of 1689 summoned by King James II, Dunleer was not represented. [1]

The Patriot Parliament is the name given to the session of the Irish Parliament called by King James II of Ireland during the War of the Two Kings in 1689. The parliament met in one session, from 7 May 1689 to 20 July 1689, and was the only session of the Irish Parliament under King James II.

James II of England 17th-century King of England and Ireland, and of Scotland (as James VII)

James II and VII was King of England and Ireland as James II and King of Scotland as James VII, from 6 February 1685 until he was deposed in the Glorious Revolution of 1688. The last Roman Catholic monarch of England, Scotland and Ireland, his reign is now remembered primarily for struggles over religious tolerance. However, it also involved the principles of absolutism and divine right of kings and his deposition ended a century of political and civil strife by confirming the primacy of Parliament over the Crown.

Members of Parliament, 1679–1801

1689–1801

ElectionFirst memberFirst partySecond memberSecond party
1689Dunleer was not represented in the Patriot Parliament
1692 Robert Aylway Blayney Townley
1703 Stephen Ludlow
1713 Peter Ludlow
1715 Stephen Ludlow Richard Tenison
1721 William Aston
1725 Edward Moore
1727 Francis North William Tenison
1728 Thomas Tennison
1738 Anthony Foster
1761 John Foster [note 1]
1762 Dixie Coddington
1769 Robert Sibthorpe
1776 John Thomas Foster William Thomas Monsell
1783 John William Foster Henry Coddington
1790 Nicholas Coddington Hon. John Foster
1793 Hon. Thomas Henry Foster
1798 Henry Coddington
1800 Quintin Dick
1801 Disenfranchised

Notes

  1. Also elected for Louth in 1768, for which he chose to sit

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References

  1. O'Hart (2007), p. 502

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