Clonakilty (Parliament of Ireland constituency)

Former Borough constituency
for the Irish House of Commons
Former constituency
Created 1613 (1613)
Abolished 1800
Replaced by Disenfranchised

Clonakilty was a constituency in County Cork represented in the Irish House of Commons to 1800.


Established by a charter of King James I of England granting it to Sir Richard Boyle, it was purchased from Lord Burlington by Speaker Boyle in 1738 and he nominated the provost from three burgesses elected by the Corporation and freemen. In the Patriot Parliament of 1689 summoned by King James II, Clonakilty was represented with two members.[1] In the 1783 election 7 voted. It was disenfranchised by the Act of Union 1800 and Lord Shannon received compensation of £15,000. It was sometimes known as Cloghnakilty.

Members of Parliament, 1613–1801


ElectionFirst memberFirst partySecond memberSecond party
1689 Patriot Parliament Owen MacCarthy Daniel Fionn MacCarthy
1692 Francis Bernard Percy Freke
1695 Bryan Townsend
1703 Ralph Freke George Freke
1713 Richard Cox
1725 Francis Bernard
1727 Richard Cox [note 1]
1761 Viscount Boyle [note 2]
May 1761 Henry Sheares
1766 Matthew Parker
1768 Richard Longfield Riggs Falkiner
1776 Thomas Adderley Attiwell Wood
1784 Charles O'Neill
1792 Sir Nicholas Colthurst, 3rd Bt
1793 Viscount Boyle
1796 Thomas Prendergast
1797 John Hobson
1801 Disenfranchised


  1. Succeeded as 2nd Baronet in 1733
  2. Also elected for Cork County in 1761, for which he chose to sit


  1. O'Hart (2007), p. 501


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