North Londonderry (UK Parliament constituency)

North Londonderry
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Number of members One
Replaced by Londonderry
Created from Coleraine and Londonderry

North Londonderry was a United Kingdom Parliament constituency in Ireland.

Boundaries and boundary changes

This county constituency comprised the northern part of County Londonderry.

It returned one Member of Parliament 1885–1922.

Prior to the United Kingdom general election, 1885 and after the dissolution of Parliament in 1922 the area was part of the Londonderry constituency.


The constituency was a predominantly unionist area. Sinn Féin was easily beaten in 1918 and 1919.

The First Dáil

Sinn Féin contested the general election of 1918 on the platform that instead of taking up any seats they won in the United Kingdom Parliament, they would establish a revolutionary assembly in Dublin. In republican theory every MP elected in Ireland was a potential Deputy to this assembly. In practice only the Sinn Féin members accepted the offer.

The revolutionary First Dáil assembled on 21 January 1919 and last met on 10 May 1921. The First Dáil, according to a resolution passed on 10 May 1921, was formally dissolved on the assembling of the Second Dáil. This took place on 16 August 1921.

In 1921 Sinn Féin decided to use the UK authorised elections for the Northern Ireland House of Commons and the House of Commons of Southern Ireland as a poll for the Irish Republic's Second Dáil. This area, in republican theory, was incorporated in a five-member Dáil constituency of Londonderry.

Members of Parliament

Key to parties: U Irish Unionist 1886–1921 and Ulster Unionist 1921–1922.

From To Name (Party) Born Died
1885 1895 Henry Lyle Mulholland (U) 30 January 1854 22 March 1931
1895 1906 John Atkinson (U) 13 December 1844 13 March 1932
1906 1918 Hugh Thom Barrie (U) 1860 18 April 1922
1918 1919 Hugh Alfred Anderson (U) 26 November 1867 16 June 1933
1919 1922 Hugh Thom Barrie (U) 1860 18 April 1922
1922 1922 Sir Malcolm Martin Macnaghten (U) 12 January 1869 24 January 1955


The elections in this constituency took place using the first past the post electoral system.

General Election 14 December 1918: North Londonderry
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Unionist Hugh Alfred Anderson 10,530 72.7 N/A
Sinn Féin Patrick McGilligan 3,951 27.3 N/A
Majority 6,579 45.4 N/A
Turnout 14,481 67.8 N/A
Irish Unionist hold Swing N/A
By-Election 4 March 1919: North Londonderry
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Unionist Hugh Thom Barrie 9,933 N/A
Sinn Féin Patrick McGilligan 4,333 N/A
Majority N/A
Turnout 21,306 N/A
Irish Unionist hold Swing N/A
By-Election 4 June 1922: North Londonderry
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UUP Sir Malcolm Martin Macnaghten Unopposed N/A N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
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