Cavan County (Parliament of Ireland constituency)

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Former County constituency
for the Irish House of Commons
Former constituency
Created  ()
Abolished 1800
Replaced by Cavan

Cavan County was a constituency represented in the Irish House of Commons from 1611 to 1800.

Between 1725 and 1793 Catholics and those married to Catholics could not vote.


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

Members of Parliament[edit]


Election First member First party Second member Second party
1689 Patriot Parliament Philip Reyley John Reyly
1692 Sir Francis Hamilton, 3rd Bt Robert Saunders [note 1]
1697 Francis White
1703 Theophilus Butler
1713 Robert Saunders
1715 Mervyn Pratt Brockhill Newburgh
1727 Charles Coote I John Maxwell
1751 Hon. Brinsley Butler [note 2]
1756 Hon. Barry Maxwell
1761 Charles Coote II
1766 William Stewart
1768 Hon. Barry Maxwell George Montgomery Patriot
1780 Hon. John James Maxwell
1783 Charles Stewart
1788 John Maxwell [note 3]
1788 Francis Saunderson
1793 Viscount Maxwell
1800 Nathaniel Sneyd
1801 Succeeded by the Westminster constituency Cavan


General Election 1761: Cavan County[2]
19 May
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Hon. Brinsley Butler 506
Charles Coote II 466
George Montgomery 436
Hon. Barry Maxwell 467


  1. ^ Expelled in 1696
  2. ^ Styled as Lord Newtown-Butler from 1756
  3. ^ Declared not duly elected in 1788



  • 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.