John Bagwell (1751–1816)

John Bagwell (1751 21 December 1816), was a Member of Parliament (MP) for the pre-Union constituency of Tipperary and Colonel of the Tipperary Militia which he raised in 1793.

After the Act of Union, he sat in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom for 1801 to 1806 as MP for Tipperary.


He was the son of William Bagwell and Jane Harper. Bagwell built Marlfield House, Clonmel as the family residence. In 1774 he married Mary Hare, with whom he had six children, including William and Richard.[1]


He ran unsuccessfully for Cork City in 1775 and in 1792 was declared a member for Tipperary in the Parliament of Ireland by a committee of the House of Commons, sitting until the Union with Great Britain in 1801.[2] During the Act of Union debates he controversially changed his vote twice, 'to the disgust of the [then] Lord Lieutenant', Charles Cornwallis. Bagwell went on to support the government of William Pitt the Younger, but expected certain appointment for his sons in return, namely 'a deanery for Richard, full-pay employment in the army for John and succession to his colonelcy of the county militia for William.'

After the Union he was elected MP for Tipperary in the UK Parliament. Bagwell never gained a peerage, the Chief Secretary stating that he believed it was 'because of a nickname'.[3]


  1. Lundy, Darryl. "Colonel John Bagwel". Person Page - 25219: Retrieved 31 May 2010.
  2. Burke, John (1838). A genealogical and heraldic history of the commoners of Great Britain and Ireland. 3. London: Henry Colburn. pp. 141, 142. Retrieved 2010-05-31.
  3. The House of Commons, 1790-1820, Volume 1 by R. G. Thorne p 103
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Ireland
Member of Parliament for Tipperary
1801 1806
With: Viscount Mathew
Succeeded by
Montague James Mathew
Francis Aldborough Prittie
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