Kinsale (UK Parliament constituency)
Former Borough constituency|
for the House of Commons
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||South East Cork|
Kinsale was a United Kingdom Parliament constituency, in Ireland, returning one MP. It was an original constituency represented in Parliament when the Union of Great Britain and Ireland took effect on 1 January 1801.
It is not known exactly at what time the borough first exercised the elective franchise, but it returned two members to parliament long prior to 1652, and continued to do so without interruption till the Union, since which time it has returned only one to the Imperial parliament. The right of election, previously vested in the corporation, was, by the act of the 2nd of Wm. IV., cap. 88, extended to the £10 householders and limited to the resident freemen; the total number of registered electors up to June 1st, 1837, was 224, of whom 192 were £10 householders, and 32 freemen; the sovereign is the returning officer. The borough and liberties comprise an area of 11,000 acres, within the jurisdiction of the borough magistrates; a new electoral boundary has been drawn close round the town, including the village of Scilly, and comprising an area of 273 acres.
The new boundary of 1832, contained in the Parliamentary Boundaries (Ireland) Act 1832 (c. 89 2& 3 Will. 4), was as follows.
From the Point on the North-east of the Town at which the new Cork Road crosses the old Cork Road, in a straight Line to the Northern Extremity of Mr. Hurley's Stables; thence in a straight Line to the Point at which the Road to Bandon River leaves the Road to Bandon; thence in a straight Line to the Point at which the Blindgate Road meets the Compass Hill Road; thence in a straight Line over Compass Hill to the Westernmost House at the place called "The World's End;" thence along the Coast to the Point at which the same is met by the first Bank which runs up the Hill to the East of and beyond the Village of Scilly;thence along the said Bank to the Point at which the same meets the Road from Scilly to Charles Fort; thence in a straight Line to a Point on the Harbour Hill Road which is distant One hundred and eighty Yards (measured along the Harbour Hill Road) to the East of the Barrack Wall; thence in a straight Line to the Point first described.
Members of Parliament
|1801, 1 January||William Rowley||1801: Co-opted|
|1802, 13 July||Samuel Campbell Rowley||Resigned|
|1806, 29 April||Henry Martin||Whig|
|1818, 27 June||George Coussmaker||Died|
|1821, 12 July||Sir Josias Rowley, Bt||Tory|
|1826, 15 June||John Russell||Whig|
|1832, 18 December||Sampson Stawell||Liberal|
|1835, 15 January||Henry Thomas||Conservative|
|1837, 7 August||Pierce Mahony||Liberal||Unseated on petition|
|1838, 1 April||Henry Thomas||Conservative||Declared duly elected|
|1841, 9 July||William Henry Watson||Liberal|
|1847, 6 August||Richard Samuel Guinness||Conservative||Unseated on petition and new writ issued|
|1848, 11 March||Benjamin Hawes||Liberal||Resigned|
|1852, 12 February||John Isaac Heard||Liberal|
|1859, 7 May||Sir John Arnott||Liberal||Resigned|
|1863, 8 June||Sir George Conway Colthurst, Bt||Liberal|
|1874, 3 February||Eugene Collins||Home Rule League||Last MP from the constituency|
- The Parliaments of England by Henry Stooks Smith (1st edition published in three volumes 1844–50), 2nd edition edited (in one volume) by F.W.S. Craig (Political Reference Publications 1973)
- Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801–1922, edited by B.M. Walker (Royal Irish Academy 1978)
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "K" (part 2)
- Part of the Library Ireland: Irish History and Culture website containing the text of A Topographical Directory of Ireland, by Samuel Lewis (a work published by S. Lewis & Co of London in 1837) including an article on Kinsale