Baltimore (Parliament of Ireland constituency)

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Former Borough constituency
for the Irish House of Commons
Former constituency
Created 1614 (1614)
Abolished 1801
Replaced by Disenfranchised

Baltimore (also known as Baltimore Borough) was a potwalloper constituency represented in the Irish House of Commons from 1614 to 1801.

Boundaries and Boundary Changes[edit]

This constituency was based in the town of Baltimore in County Cork.


A potwalloper (sometimes potwalloner or potwaller) is an archaic term referring to a borough constituency returning members to the British House of Commons before 1832 and the Reform Act created a uniform suffrage. (Several potwalloper constituencies were also represented in the Irish House of Commons, prior to its abolition in 1801). A potwalloper borough was one in which a householder had the right to vote if he had, in his house, a hearth large enough to boil, or wallop, a cauldron, or pot.


In the Patriot Parliament of 1689 summoned by King James II, Baltimore was represented with two members.[1]

Members of Parliament, 1613–1801[edit]

Baltimore, Incorporated 25 March 1613.


Election First member First party Second member Second party
1689 Patriot Parliament Daniel O'Donovan Jeremiah O'Donovan
1692 Thomas Beecher Edward Richardson
1703 Percy Freke
1707 Edward Riggs
1709 Francis Langston
1713 Richard Barry Michael Beecher
1715 William Southwell
1721 Sir Percy Freke, 2nd Bt
1727 Richard Tonson
1728 Sir John Freke, 3rd Bt [note 1]
1761 William Clements
1768 Sir John Evans-Freke, 1st Bt
1771 Jocelyn Deane
1777 William Evans
1781 James Chatterton
1783 Viscount Sudley Richard Longfield
1790 Sir John Evans-Freke, 2nd Bt Richard Grace
1798 George Evans-Freke
1801 Disenfranchised


  1. ^ Also elected for Cork City in 1761, for which he chose to sit


  1. ^ O'Hart (2007), p. 500


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  • T. W. Moody, F. X. Martin, F. J. Byrne, A New History of Ireland 1534-1691, Oxford University Press, 1978
  • Tim Cadogan and Jeremiah Falvey, A Biographical Dictionary of Cork, 2006, Four Courts Press ISBN 1-84682-030-8
  • 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.