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 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. F. J. Robinson Prime Minister (1827–1828) as the 1st Viscount Goderich
1807 Andrew Strahan Tory
1812 Frederick Falkiner
1818 Charles Harvey-Saville-Onley Tory
1826 Charles Bury 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 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 Stock Liberal
1868 William 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


Elections in the 1860s[edit]

General Election 1865: Carlow Borough[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Thomas Stock 126 54.1
Conservative Horace Rochfort 107 45.9
Majority 19 8.2
Turnout 233 91.4
Registered electors 255
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1868: Carlow Borough[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Fagan 174 53.7 −0.4
Conservative Horace Rochfort 150 46.3 +0.4
Majority 24 7.4 −0.8
Turnout 324 92.0 +0.6
Registered electors 352
Liberal hold Swing −0.4

Elections in the 1870s[edit]

General Election 1874: Carlow Borough[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Home Rule Henry Owen Lewis Unopposed
Registered electors 303
Home Rule gain from Liberal

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1880: Carlow Borough[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Home Rule (Parnellite) Charles Dawson 149 52.5 N/A
Conservative Henry Thomas Butler 135 47.5 N/A
Majority 14 4.9 N/A
Turnout 284 94.0 N/A
Registered electors 302
Home Rule hold Swing N/A


  1. ^ a b c d Walker, B.M., ed. (1978). Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801-1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0901714127. 
  • 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