Ardfert (Parliament of Ireland constituency)

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Former Corporation constituency
for the Irish House of Commons
Former constituency
Created 1639 (1639)
Abolished 1800
Replaced by Disenfranchised

Ardfert was a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of Ireland until the Act of Union 1800.

Boundaries and Boundary Changes[edit]

This constituency was based in the town of Ardfert in County Kerry.


Ardfert in County Kerry was enfranchised as a borough constituency, by a charter in 1639 with a Provost, 12 Burgesses and freemen. It had a Corporation, and the electorate consisted of 13 burgesses and 50 freemen. 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. In the Patriot Parliament of 1689 summoned by King James II, Ardfert was not represented.[1]

It continued to be entitled to send two Members of Parliament to the Irish House of Commons until the Act of Union merged Parliament of Ireland into the Parliament of the United Kingdom on 1 January 1801. The constituency was disenfranchised on 31 December 1800.

Thereafter borough was represented in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom as part of the county constituency of Kerry.

Members of Parliament, 1639–1801[edit]


Election First member First party Second member Second party
1689 Patriot Parliament Roger MacElligot Cornelius MacGillicuddy
1692 Christopher Dominick Andrew Young
1699 Theobald Purcell
1703 Henry Rose
1713 William Crosbie
1735 William Crosbie [note 1]
1743 Edmond Malone
1758 Maurice Coppinger
1762 Lancelot Crosbie
1776 Viscount Crosbie
1781 Edward Gleadowe
October 1783 John Scott [note 2] Sir Frederick Flood, 1st Bt
1783 John Tydd
1790 Robert Day Richard Archdall
January 1798 Arthur Wolfe [note 3]
1798 Lord Charles FitzGerald
1798 Lorenzo Moore
February 1800 John Talbot
September 1800 Matthew Franks [note 4]
1801 Disenfranchised


  1. ^ Styled as The Honourable from 1758
  2. ^ Also elected for Portarlington in 1783, for which he chose to sit
  3. ^ Also elected for Dublin City in 1798, for which he chose to sit
  4. ^ Elected, but never took his seat


  1. ^ O'Hart (2007), p. 502


  • 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. 
  • Johnston-Liik, E. M. (2002). History of the Irish Parliament, 1692–1800, Publisher: Ulster Historical Foundation (28 Feb 2002), ISBN 1-903688-09-4,[1]
  • T. W. Moody, F. X. Martin, F. J. Byrne, A New History of Ireland 1534-1691, Oxford University Press, 1978
  • Leigh Rayment's historical List of Members of the Irish House of Commonscites: Johnston-Liik, Edith Mary (2002). The History of the Irish Parliament 1692-1800 (6 volumes). Ulster Historical Foundation.