Sligo Borough (UK Parliament constituency)

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Sligo Borough
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
1801–1870
Number of members One
Replaced by Sligo County

Sligo Borough is a former borough constituency in Ireland, represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

It was an original constituency represented in Parliament when the Union of Great Britain and Ireland took effect on 1 January 1801, and returned one Member of Parliament (MP), elected by the first past the post system of election.

There were problems with the 20 November 1868 election in the Borough. A petition was presented by the losing candidate, alleging corruption. As a result the election was declared void. Parliament then passed the Sligo and Cashel Disenfranchisement Act 1870 (33 & 34 Vict. c.38). On 1 August 1870 Sligo Borough lost the right to elect its own MP. The area was transferred to form part of the Sligo County constituency.

Boundaries[edit]

This constituency was the Parliamentary borough of Sligo in County Sligo.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party Note
1801, January 1 Owen Wynne Tory Resigned (appointed Escheator of Munster)
1806, July 16 Col. George Canning Tory A cousin of the Rt Hon. George Canning
1812, November 5 Rt Hon George Canning Tory 1812: Also returned by and elected to sit for Liverpool.
Subsequently Prime Minister 1827.
1813, April 5 Joshua Spencer Resigned (appointed Escheator of Munster)
1815, March 27 Sir Brent Spencer
1818, June 29 John Bent Tory
1820, March 21 Owen Wynne Tory
1830, August 4 John Arthur Wynne Tory
1832, December 21 John Martin Liberal 1
1837, August 5 John Patrick Somers Liberal 1 Re-elected as a Repeal Association candidate
1841, July 9 Repeal Association Unseated on petition - new writ issued
1848, April 11 Charles Towneley Liberal 1 Unseated on petition - new writ issued
1848, July 15 John Patrick Somers Repeal Association
1852, July 15 Charles Towneley Liberal 1 Joined the Independent Irish Party
1852 Independent Irish Unseated on petition - new writ issued
1853, July 8 John Sadleir Liberal 1 Died
1856, March 8 Rt Hon. John Arthur Wynne Conservative
1857, April 2 John Patrick Somers Liberal 1 Unseated on petition
1857, July 31 Rt Hon. John Arthur Wynne Conservative Declared duly elected on petition. Resigned
1860, August 9 Francis Macdonogh Conservative
1865, July 15 Richard Armstrong Liberal
1868, November 20 Lawrence Edward Knox Conservative Last MP for the constituency. Election declared void on petition.
1870, August 1 constituency disenfranchised

Supplemental Note:-

  • 1 Walker (like F. W. S. Craig in his compilations of election results for Great Britain) classifies Whig, Radical and similar candidates as Liberals from 1832. The name Liberal was gradually adopted as a description for the Whigs and politicians allied with them, before the formal creation of the Liberal Party shortly after the 1859 general election.

Elections[edit]

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