Antrim Borough (Parliament of Ireland constituency)
|Former Borough constituency
for the Irish House of Commons
The Borough of Antrim in County Antrim was enfranchised as a borough constituency in 1666. In the Patriot Parliament of 1689 summoned by King James II, Antrim Borough was not represented. Thereafter it continued to be entitled to send two Members of Parliament to the Irish House of Commons until the Parliament of Ireland was merged into the Parliament of the United Kingdom on 1 January 1801. The constituency was disenfranchised on 31 December 1800.
Electoral System and Electorate
The parliamentary representatives of the borough were elected using the bloc vote for two-member elections and first past the post for single-member by-elections. First past the post was also used for the county division.
The borough had a Potwalloper electorate.
Members of Parliament, 1666–1801
|Election||First member||First party||Second member||Second party|
|1689||Antrim Borough was not represented in the Patriot Parliament|
|1692||Sir Robert Adare||Arthur Upton|
|1695||Thomas Brooke||Thomas Dawson|
|1703||Hugh Montgomery [note 1]||Thomas Bell|
|1713||Thomas Upton||Hugh Henry|
|1715||John William MacMullan|
|1768||William John Skeffington|
|1776||Hon. Chichester Skeffington|
|1798||Hon. Henry Skeffington|
- Styled as Viscount Montgomery from 1717
- O'Hart (2007), p. 500
- O'Hart, John (2007). The Irish and Anglo-Irish Landed Gentry: When Cromwell came to Ireland. vol. II. Heritage Books. ISBN 0-7884-1927-7.
- Leigh Rayment's historical List of Members of the Irish House of Commons([self-published source][better source needed]) cites: Johnston-Liik, Edith Mary (2002). The History of the Irish Parliament 1692-1800 (6 volumes). Ulster Historical Foundation.