Carlow Borough (UK Parliament constituency)

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Carlow Borough
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Number of members One
Replaced by County Carlow

Carlow Borough was a Parliamentary constituency in Ireland, represented in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) from 1801 to 1885.


This constituency was the parliamentary borough of Carlow in County Carlow.

The boundaries of the Cities and Boroughs in Ireland were defined by an Act passed in 1832, whose long title was "An Act to settle and describe the Limits of Cities, Towns, and Boroughs in Ireland, in so far as respects the Election of Members to serve in Parliament." This legislation was subsequently given the short title of the Parliamentary Boundaries (Ireland) Act 1832.

The boundaries of this constituency were described as follows.

"From the Point below the Town at which the River Barrow is met by the Southern Wall of the Grounds of the House belonging to Mr. Carey, Adjutant to the Carlow Militia, Eastward, along the said Wall to the Point at which the same meets the Kilkenny Road; thence in a straight Line to the Southern Corner of the Infirmary; thence in a straight Line to the Point a little above the Barracks at which the River Burren is joined by a small Stream; thence up the said Stream, and across the Tullow Road, to the Point at which the same Stream is met by a Hedge which runs down thereto from opposite the Southern End of the Plantation attached to the House on the Baltinglass Road which belongs to Mr. Hunt and is occupied by Mr. Butler; thence along the said Hedge to the Point at which the same meets the Baltinglass Road; thence in a straight Line in the Direction of the Cupola of the Lunatic Asylum to the Point at which such straight Line cuts a Road which runs between the Baltinglass Road and the Dublin Road; thence in a straight Line to a Gate on the Eastern Side of the Dublin Road which is distant about One hundred Yards to the North of the North-eastern Corner of the Enclosure Wall of the Lunatic Asylum; thence in a straight Line to the Point at which the Road to Athy is met by the North Boundary of the Demesne of the Roman Catholic Bishop; thence along the said Boundary till it meets the River at the Point; thence along the River to the North Corner of the Wall of the Burial Ground; thence in a straight Line to the Spire of Graigue Church; thence in a straight Line to the Summer House in Mr. Wilson's Garden; thence in a straight Line to the Point first described."

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party Note
1801 Hon. Henry Sadleir Prittie Succeeded as the 2nd Baron Dunalley
1801 Hon. Francis Aldborough Prittie Resigned (appointed Escheator of Munster)
1801 Charles Ormsby Tory Appointed Recorder of Prince of Wales Island
1806 Michael Symes
1806 Hon. Frederick John Robinson Prime Minister (1827–1828) as the 1st Viscount Goderich
1807 Andrew Strahan Tory
1812 Frederick John Falkiner
1818 Charles Harvey-Saville-Onley Tory
1826 Lord Tullamore Tory
1832 Nicholas Aylward Vigors Repeal Association
1835 Francis Bruen Conservative
1837 William Henry Maule Liberal Appointed a Baron of the English Court of Exchequer
1839 Francis Bruen Conservative Unseated on petition
1839 Thomas Gisborne Liberal Seated on petition
1841 Brownlow Villiers Layard Liberal
1847 John Sadleir Liberal
1852 Independent Irish Party Accepted an office. Defeated for re-election as a Liberal.
1853 John Alexander Conservative
1859 Sir John Dalberg-Acton, Bt Liberal
1865 Thomas Osborne Stock Liberal
1868 William Addis Fagan Liberal
1874 Henry Owen Lewis Home Rule League
1880 Charles Dawson Home Rule League Member of the Parnellite faction
1885 Constituency merged into County Carlow



  • Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801–1922, edited by B.M. Walker (Royal Irish Academy 1978) ISBN 0-901714-12-7
  • The House of Commons 1790–1820, edited by R.G. Thorne (Secker & Warburg 1986) ISBN 0-436-52101-6