John Ireland Blackburne (1783–1874)
Born at Hale Hall, Lancashire, he was the son of John Blackburne, lord of the manor of Hale and member of parliament for Lancashire, and his wife Anne née Robard of Shepton Mallet, Somerset. He was descended from two old Lancashire families, the Irelands and the Blackburnes.
He was elected to the House of Commons in 1807, sitting as MP for Newton until 1818. He subsequently became involved in the politics of the town of Warrington, helping to establish the Warrington Operative Conservative Association. Such associations were established in the north west of England in order to enlist the support of working class men against the emerging Radical and Chartist movements.
He returned to parliament at the 1835 general election when he won the parliamentary borough of Warrington from the Liberal Party. He sat as the town's MP until he retired in 1847. He was a strong defender of the established church, and was opposed to the endowment of Roman Catholic priests and the appropriation of church property for secular purposes. He also supported the improvement of working conditions, in particular the Ten Hours Act of 1847.
- "Hale". A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3. British History Online. 1907. Retrieved 19 July 2009.
- "First Annual Meeting of the Warrington Operative Conservative Association". The Times. 27 April 1836. p. 2.
- Howe, Anthony (1984). The cotton masters, 1830–1860. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 112. ISBN 0-19-821894-X.
- "Election Intelligence". The Times. 19 May 1847. p. 6.
- The Gentleman's Magazine 1833, p.465
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by John Ireland Blackburne
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Newton
With: Peter Heron 1806–1814
Thomas Legh 1814–1818
William Edmund George Hornby
|Member of Parliament for Warrington