Leitrim (UK Parliament constituency)

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Leitrim
Former county constituency
for the House of Commons
18011885
Replaced by
Created from Leitrim
19181922
Number of members1
Replaced by Leitrim–Roscommon North
Created from North Leitrim, South Leitrim

Leitrim was a Parliamentary constituency in Ireland, represented in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. It returned two Members of Parliament (MPs) from 1801 to 1885 and one from 1918 to 1922.

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Boundaries

This constituency comprised the whole of County Leitrim.

Members of Parliament

MPs 1801–85

Election1st Member1st Party2nd Member2nd Party
1801 Nathaniel Clements, Viscount Clements, later Earl of Leitrim Whig [1] Theophilus Jones Tory [1]
1802 Peter La Touche Whig [1]
1805 by-election Henry John Clements Tory [1]
1806 William Gore
1807 John La Touche Whig [1]
1818 Luke White Tory [1]
1820 John Marcus Clements Tory [1]
1824 by-election Samuel White Whig [1] [2]
1826 Robert Clements, Viscount Clements Whig [1] [2]
1830 John Marcus Clements Tory [1] [3]
1832 Robert Clements, Viscount Clements Whig [1] [4]
1839 by-election William Clements, Viscount Clements, later Earl of Leitrim Whig
1847 Edward King-Tenison Whig [5] [6] [7] Charles Skeffington Clements Whig [7] [5]
1852 Hugh Lyons-Montgomery Conservative [3] John Brady Ind. Irish [3]
1858 by-election William Ormsby-Gore, later Baron Harlech Conservative [3]
1859 Liberal [3]
1865
1868
1874 Home Rule [3]
1876 by-election Francis O'Beirne Home Rule [3]
1880 Arthur Loftus Tottenham Conservative [3]
1885 Constituency divided: see North Leitrim and South Leitrim

MPs 1918–22

ElectionMemberPartyNote
1918Single member constituency created
1918, December 14 [8] James Dolan Sinn Féin Did not take his seat at Westminster
1922, October 26UK constituency abolished

Elections

Elections in the 1830s

General election 1830: Leitrim (2 seats) [3] [1] [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Tory John Marcus Clements 285 39.6
Whig Samuel White 218 30.3
Whig Robert Bermingham Clements21229.5
Whig Luke White 40.6
Turnout 43672.4
Registered electors 602
Majority679.3
Tory gain from Whig
Majority60.8
Whig hold
General election 1831: Leitrim (2 seats) [3] [1] [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Tory John Marcus ClementsUnopposed
Whig Samuel White Unopposed
Registered electors 602
Tory hold
Whig hold
General election 1832: Leitrim (2 seats) [3] [1]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Whig Samuel White 730 39.1
Whig Robert Bermingham Clements 625 33.5
Tory John Marcus Clements51327.5
Majority1126.0
Turnout 1,21792.3
Registered electors 1,318
Whig hold
Whig gain from Tory
General election 1835: Leitrim (2 seats) [3] [1]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Whig Samuel White Unopposed
Whig Robert Bermingham ClementsUnopposed
Registered electors 1,437
Whig hold
Whig hold
General election 1837: Leitrim (2 seats) [3] [1]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Whig Samuel White Unopposed
Whig Robert Bermingham ClementsUnopposed
Registered electors 1,734
Whig hold
Whig hold

Clements' death caused a by-election.

By-election, 6 March 1839: Leitrim [3] [1]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Whig William Clements Unopposed
Whig hold

Elections in the 1840s

General election 1841: Leitrim (2 seats) [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Whig Samuel White Unopposed
Whig William Clements Unopposed
Registered electors 1,488
Whig hold
Whig hold
General election 1847: Leitrim (2 seats) [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Whig Edward King-Tenison 389 34.5 N/A
Whig Charles Skeffington Clements 376 33.4 N/A
Conservative John Robert Godley 32929.2New
Independent John Reynolds Dickson322.8New
Majority474.2N/A
Turnout 563 (est)41.5 (est)N/A
Registered electors 1,357
Whig hold Swing N/A
Whig hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1850s

General election 1852: Leitrim (2 seats) [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Hugh Lyons-Montgomery 617 36.1 +6.9
Independent Irish John Brady 551 32.3 N/A
Whig Charles Skeffington Clements 54031.61.8
Turnout 854 (est)67.5 (est)+26.0
Registered electors 1,265
Majority663.8N/A
Conservative gain from Whig Swing +3.9
Majority110.7N/A
Independent Irish gain from Whig Swing N/A
General election 1857: Leitrim (2 seats) [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Hugh Lyons-Montgomery 1,577 49.7 +13.6
Independent Irish John Brady 1,006 31.7 −0.6
Whig Edward King-Tenison 59118.6−13.0
Turnout 1,587 (est)60.4 (est)−7.1
Registered electors 2,628
Majority57118.0+14.2
Conservative hold Swing +7.0
Majority41513.1+12.4
Independent Irish hold Swing −3.7

Montgomery resigned by accepting the office of Steward of the Manor of Hempholme, causing a by-election.

By-election, 17 May 1858: Leitrim [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative William Ormsby-Gore Unopposed
Conservative hold
General election 1859: Leitrim (2 seats) [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative William Ormsby-Gore Unopposed
Liberal John Brady Unopposed
Registered electors 2,404
Conservative hold
Liberal hold

Elections in the 1860s

General election 1865: Leitrim (2 seats) [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative William Ormsby-Gore 1,383 42.1 N/A
Liberal John Brady 1,011 30.8 N/A
Liberal Edward King-Tenison 89227.1N/A
Majority37211.3N/A
Turnout 2,335 (est)97.7 (est)N/A
Registered electors 2,389
Conservative hold Swing N/A
Liberal hold Swing N/A
General election 1868: Leitrim (2 seats) [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative William Ormsby-Gore Unopposed
Liberal John Brady Unopposed
Registered electors 2,637
Conservative hold
Liberal hold

Elections in the 1870s

General election 1874: Leitrim (2 seats) [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Home Rule John Brady 1,313 37.9 New
Conservative William Ormsby-Gore 1,098 31.7 N/A
Home Rule Francis O'Beirne 1,05530.4New
Turnout 2,282 (est)88.8 (est)N/A
Registered electors 2,571
Majority2156.2N/A
Home Rule gain from Liberal Swing N/A
Majority431.3N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A

Gore succeeded to the peerage, becoming Lord Harlech, and causing a by-election.

1876 Leitrim by-election (1 seat) [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Home Rule Francis O'Beirne 1,276 58.9 -9.4
Conservative Arthur Loftus Tottenham 885 40.8 +9.1
Home Rule Charles McGowan70.3N/A
Majority39118.1+11.9
Turnout 2,16885.4-3.4
Registered electors 2,383
Home Rule gain from Conservative Swing +9.3

Elections in the 1880s

General election 1880: Leitrim (2 seats) [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Arthur Loftus Tottenham 1,038 33.1 +1.4
Home Rule Francis O'Beirne 837 26.7 -10.2
Home Rule Thomas Quinn 66821.3-10.4
Home Rule Isaac Nelson 59318.9N/A
Majority2016.4+0.2
Turnout 2,087 (est)87.6 (est)-1.2
Registered electors 2,383
Conservative hold Swing +5.6
Home Rule hold Swing -5.5

Elections in the 1910s

General election 1918: Leitrim [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Sinn Féin James Dolan 17,711 85.1
Irish Parliamentary Gerald Farrell3,09614.9
Majority14,61570.2
Turnout 20,80769.2
Registered electors 30,079
Sinn Féin win (new seat)

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Smith, Henry Stooks (1842). The Register of Parliamentary Contested Elections (Second ed.). Simpkin, Marshall & Company. pp. 231–232. Retrieved 4 October 2018 via Google Books.
  2. 1 2 Farrell, Stephen. Fisher, D. R.. (ed.). "WHITE, Samuel (c.1784–1854), of Killakee, co. Dublin". The History of Parliament. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Walker 1978.
  4. Churton, Edward (1838). The Assembled Commons or Parliamentary Biographer. p. 57. Retrieved 24 August 2019 via Google Books.
  5. 1 2 "Leitrim (Country)" . Bell's Weekly Messenger . 14 August 1847. p. 2. Retrieved 24 February 2018 via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. "MP of the Month: Edward King Tenison". The Victorian Commons. 27 June 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  7. 1 2 "Leitrim" . Dublin Weekly Nation. 21 August 1847. pp. 4–5. Retrieved 4 October 2018 via British Newspaper Archive.
  8. December 14 was the date of polling day. The result was declared on 28 December 1918, to allow time for votes cast by members of the armed forces to be included in the count.
  9. 1 2 Farrrell, Stephen. "Co. Leitrim". The History of Parliament. Retrieved 17 May 2020.

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