Ennis (UK Parliament constituency)

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Ennis
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
18011885
Number of members One
Replaced by East Clare

Ennis is a former 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.

Boundaries[edit]

This constituency was the Parliamentary borough of Ennis in County Clare.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party Note
United Kingdom general election, 1801 John Ormsby Vandeleur Tory 1801: Co-opted
United Kingdom general election, 1802 Rt Hon. James Fitzgerald Tory Resigned (appointed Escheator of Munster)
Ennis by-election, 1808 Rt Hon. William Vesey Fitzgerald Tory a
United Kingdom general election, 1812 Rt Hon. James Fitzgerald Tory Resigned (appointed Escheator of Munster)
Ennis by-election, 1813 Rt Hon. William Vesey Fitzgerald Tory a
United Kingdom general election, 1818 Spencer Perceval Tory Not the Prime Minister assassinated in 1812
United Kingdom general election, 1820 Sir Ross Mahon, Bt Tory Resigned (appointed Escheator of Munster)
Ennis by-election, 1820 Richard Wellesley Tory
United Kingdom general election, 1826 Thomas Frankland Lewis Tory Resigned
Ennis by-election, 1828 William Smith O'Brien Tory b
United Kingdom general election, 1831 Rt Hon. William Vesey-Fitzgerald Tory Succeeded as the 2nd Baron FitzGerald and Veseya
Ennis by-election, 1832 Sir Augustine Fitzgerald, Bt Tory
United Kingdom general election, 1832 Francis McNamara Repeal Association
United Kingdom general election, 1835 Hewitt Bridgeman Liberal
United Kingdom general election, 1847 The O'Gorman Mahon Repeal Association
United Kingdom general election, 1852 Rt Hon. John David Fitzgerald Liberal Became a member of the Independent Irish Party
1852 Independent Irish Appointed Solicitor-General for Ireland, as a Liberal
Ennis by-election, 1855 Liberal Appointed Judge of the Irish Queen's Bench
Ennis by-election, 1860 William Stacpoole Liberal Sought re-election as a Home Rule League candidate
United Kingdom general election, 1874 Home Rule League Died
Ennis by-election, 1879 James Lysaght Finigan Home Rule League United Kingdom general election, 1880: Supporter of Parnellite faction. Resigned.
Ennis by-election, 1882 Matthew Joseph Kenny Home Rule League Last MP for the constituency
1885 Constituency abolished

Notes:-

  • a William Vesey Fitzgerald (MP for Ennis 1808–1812 and 1813–1818) appears to be the same person as William Vesey-Fitzgerald, the MP from 1831 to 1832. Walker includes all three terms as MP for Ennis in one index entry. The History of Parliament website confirms it was the same person and that he was also MP for Clare in 1818–1828, Newport, Cornwall in 1829 and Lostwithiel in 1830.[1]
  • b Stooks Smith classifies O'Brien as a Whig MP, but the Wikipedia biographical article suggests he was a Conservative MP (i.e. a Tory) in 1828–1831.

Elections[edit]

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