Callan (Parliament of Ireland constituency)

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Former Borough constituency
for the Irish House of Commons
Former constituency
Created 1264 (1264)
Abolished 1800
Replaced by Disenfranchised

Callan was a constituency represented in the Irish House of Commons until 1800. It was established by royal charter in 1585, apparently at the request of Thomas Butler, 10th Earl of Ormond. He was a cousin of Elizabeth I on her mother's side, and one of the few Irish leaders in whom she had complete trust. It was very much a Butler "family borough", whose seats were held by families like the Comerfords, who were Butler clients.


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

Members of Parliament, 1585–1801[edit]

Parliaments of Elizabeth I[edit]

Parliaments of Charles II[edit]

  • 1663 Matthew Harrison


Election First member First party Second member Second party
1689 Patriot Parliament Walter Butler Thady Meagher
1692 Samuel Booth Sir Henry Wemys
1703 Francis Flood [note 1] Silvester Crosse
1705 John Pacey
1713 Francis Flood
1715 James Agar
1727 Warden Flood Henry Wemys
1751 James Wemys
1761 James Agar [note 2] Patrick Wemys [note 3]
1762 Henry Flood [note 4] Irish Patriot Party James Wemys
1765 Jocelyn Flood
1767 John Flood
1776 Hercules Langrishe [note 5]
June 1776 Pierce Butler George Agar
1783 John Bourke O'Flaherty
1790 William Meeke Nathaniel Warren
March 1796 Hon. Francis James Mathew
November 1796 Charles Kendal Bushe
1798 Patrick Welch
1799 James Savage
1801 Disenfranchised


  1. ^ Expelled in June 1705
  2. ^ Declared not duly elected in 1761
  3. ^ Declared not duly elected in 1761
  4. ^ Declared not duly elected in 1776
  5. ^ Declared not duly elected in 1776


  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. 
  • 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.