Castlemartyr (Parliament of Ireland constituency)

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Former Borough constituency
for the Irish House of Commons
Former constituency
Created 1676 (1676)
Abolished 1800
Replaced by Disenfranchised

Castlemartyr (also known as Castlemartyr Borough) was a constituency represented in the Irish House of Commons from 1676 to 1800.

Boundaries and boundary changes[edit]

This constituency was the borough of Castlemartyr in County Cork. After its establishment in 1676 it had a sovereign, 12 burgesses and freemen. It was the base of Speaker Boyle and this family had control until disenfrachisement.


In the Patriot Parliament of 1689 summoned by King James II, Castlemartyr was not represented.[1] Under the terms of the Act of Union 1800, the constituency was disenfranchised and abolished in 1801. The 2nd Earl of Shannon received £15,000 compensation for its disenfranchisement.

Members of Parliament, 1676–1801[edit]


Election First member First party Second member Second party
1689 Castlemartyr was not represented in the Patriot Parliament
1692 Sir Richard Hull Robert Pooley
1695 Samuel Morris
September 1703 Thomas Keightley [note 1] Joseph Deane [note 2]
1703 Robert FitzGerald Sir Thomas Dilkes
1709 St John Brodrick
1713 William Southwell Robert Oliver
1715 Bartholomew Purdon Charles Coote
1727 John FitzGerald
1728 Michael O'Brien Dilkes
1737 Thomas Evans
1753 John Lysaght [note 3]
1761 Anthony Malone John Magill
1768 Sir John Colthurst, 1st Bt Attiwell Wood
1775 John Bennett
1776 James Lysaght Sir Riggs Falkiner, 1st Bt
1783 John Bennett Broderick Chinnery
1787 Henry Cox
1790 Sir James Cotter, 2nd Bt Charles O'Neill [note 4]
1792 John Hobson
1798 John Townsend
1801 Disenfranchised


  1. ^ Also elected for Kildare County in 1703, for which he chose to sit
  2. ^ Also elected for Dublin County in 1703, for which he chose to sit
  3. ^ Styled as The Honourable from 1758
  4. ^ Also elected for Clonakilty in 1790, for which he chose to sit


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


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  • Johnston-Liik, E. M. (2002). History of the Irish Parliament, 1692–1800, Publisher: Ulster Historical Foundation (28 Feb 2002), ISBN 1-903688-09-4
  • 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.