Youghal (UK Parliament constituency)

Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Number of members One
Replaced by East Cork

Youghal 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.


This constituency was the Parliamentary borough of Youghal in County Cork. A Topographical Directory of Ireland, published in 1837, describes the Parliamentary history of the borough.

The borough appears to have exercised the elective franchise by prescription, as, though no notice of that privilege appears in any of its charters, it continued to send two members to the Irish parliament from the year 1374 until the Union, since which period it has returned one member to the imperial parliament; the right of election was vested solely in the members of the corporation and the freemen, whether resident or not; but by the act of the 2nd of Wm. IV., cap. 88, it has been granted to the £10 householders, and the non-resident freemen have been disfranchised. A new boundary has been drawn round the town, including an area of 212 statute 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 to the South of the Town where the new Road to Cork quits the Sea-shore, Northward, in a straight Line to the Point in Windmill Lane where the same is joined by a Bye Road from the North, about Two hundred Yards to the West of the House occupied by Mr. Flyn; thence in a straight Line to the South-western Angle of the Ordnance Ground on which the Barracks stand, near the old Cork Road; thence along the Western Fence of the Ordnance Ground to the North-western Angle of the same; thence, Northward in a straight Line to the Spot where the upper Edge of the great Quarry near Counsellor Feuge's House is cut by a Road which runs through the same to the Mount Uniacke Road; thence along the Road so running through the Quarry to the Point where the same meets the Mount Uniacke Road; thence, Northward, in a straight Line to the Point where a Bye Road which leads from the Mount Uniacke Road to the Waterford Road makes a Turn almost at Right Angles a little to the South of the House called Eustace's Folly; thence, Northward, along the same Road, passing to the West of Eustace's Folly, to the Spot where the same Road meets the Waterford Road; thence in a straight Line to the nearest Point of the Sea-shore; thence along the Sea-shore to the Point first described.

Members of Parliament

1801, 1 January Sir John Keane, Bt Tory 1801: Co-opted. Created Baronet 1 August 1801.
1806, 10 November James Bernard, Viscount Bernard Tory
1807, 18 May Henry Boyle, Viscount Boyle Whig Became the 3rd Earl of Shannon
1807, 28 July Sir John Keane, Bt Tory First returned at a by-election
1818, 27 June James Bernard, Viscount Bernard Tory
1820, 15 March John Hyde
1826, 14 June Hon. George Ponsonby Whig Not George Ponsonby (1755–1817)
1832, 15 December John O'Connell Repeal Association Re-elected as a candidate of a Liberal/Repealer pact
1835, 16 January Liberal
1837, 8 August Frederick John Howard Liberal
1841, 3 July Hon. Charles Compton Cavendish Liberal
1847, 7 August Thomas Chisholm Anstey Irish Confederate
1852, 15 July Isaac Butt Conservative Re-elected as a Liberal candidate
1857, 28 March Liberal
1865, 18 July Joseph Neale McKenna Liberal
1868, 23 November Christopher Weguelin Liberal Unseated on petition and new writ issued
1869, 11 May Montague John Guest Liberal Returned at a by-election
1874, 4 February Sir Joseph Neale McKenna Home Rule League Last MP for the constituency
1885 constituency abolished


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