Kildare (UK Parliament constituency)

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Kildare
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
18011885
Number of members Two
Replaced by North Kildare and South Kildare

A former UK Parliament constituency in Ireland, returning two Members of Parliament.

Boundaries[edit]

This constituency comprised the whole of County Kildare.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Date First member First party Second member Second party
1801, 1 January Maurice Keatinge John La Touche Whig
1802, 20 July Lord Robert FitzGerald Whig Robert La Touche
1806, 21 November Whig
1807, 21 May Lord Henry FitzGerald [1] Whig
1813, 23 March Lord William FitzGerald Whig
1830, 18 August Richard More O'Ferrall [2] Whig
1831, 9 May Sir Josiah Hort, Bt Whig
1832, 21 December Edward Ruthven [3] Repeal Association
1837, 11 August Robert Archbold Whig
1847, 18 August Charles FitzGerald Whig Richard Bourke (became Lord Naas) Conservative
1852, 13 March William Cogan [4] Whig
1852, 26 July David O'Connor Henchy [5] Whig
1859, 19 May Richard More O'Ferrall [6] Whig
1859, 6 June Liberal Liberal
1865, 19 July Lord Otho FitzGerald [7] Liberal
1874, 12 February Charles Henry Meldon [8] Home Rule League
1880, 5 April James Leahy [9] Home Rule League
1882 Irish Parliamentary Irish Parliamentary


  1. ^ Resigned, 1813
  2. ^ Re-elected in a by-election, on 26 May 1835, after being appointed a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury.
  3. ^ Re-elected in the 1835 general election, as a candidate of a Whig/Repealer electoral pact
  4. ^ Pledged support to the formation of an Independent Irish Opposition, at the 1852 election. Re-elected as a Whig in 1857 and 1859. Became a Liberal on the formal creation of that party, soon after the 1859 general election. Re-elected as a Liberal in 1865, 1868 and 1874.
  5. ^ Pledged support to the formation of an Independent Irish Opposition, at the 1852 election. Re-elected as a Whig in 1857.
  6. ^ Became a Liberal on the formal creation of that party, soon after the 1859 general election.
  7. ^ Re-elected in a by-election, on 21 May 1866, after being appointed Treasurer of the Household. Re-elected in a by-election, on 11 January 1869, after being appointed Comptroller of the Household.
  8. ^ Became a member of the Irish Parliamentary Party, when it was created in 1882.
  9. ^ A supporter of the Parnellite faction of the Home Rule League, at the 1880 general election. Became a member of the Irish Parliamentary Party, when it was created in 1882.

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1860s[edit]

General Election 1865: Kildare[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Cogan Unopposed
Liberal Otho FitzGerald Unopposed
Registered electors 3,055
Liberal hold
Liberal hold

FitzGerald was appointed Treasurer of the Household, requiring a by-election.

By-election, 21 May 1866: Kildare[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Otho FitzGerald Unopposed
Registered electors 3,055
Liberal hold
General Election 1868: Kildare[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Cogan Unopposed
Liberal Otho FitzGerald Unopposed
Registered electors 2,999
Liberal hold
Liberal hold

Fitzgerald was appointed Comptroller of the Household, requiring a by-election.

By-election, 11 January 1869: Kildare[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Otho FitzGerald Unopposed
Registered electors 2,999
Liberal hold

Elections in the 1870s[edit]

General Election 1874: Kildare[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Home Rule Charles Henry Meldon 1,296 40.3
Liberal William Cogan 964 30.0
Liberal Otho FitzGerald 727 22.6
Home Rule Hill Falconer Morgan[2] 226 7.0
Turnout 1,607 (est) 54.8 (est)
Registered electors 2,930
Majority 332 10.3 N/A
Home Rule gain from Liberal Swing N/A
Majority 738 23.0
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1880: Kildare[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Home Rule Charles Henry Meldon 1,245 38.6 −1.7
Home Rule (Parnellite) James Leahy 1,004 31.1 +24.1
Liberal Richard More O'Ferrall 684 21.2 −8.8
Home Rule Alfred W Harris 295 9.1 −13.5
Majority 320 9.9 −0.4
Turnout 1,929 (est) 69.1 (est) +14.3
Registered electors 2,793
Home Rule hold Swing +3.6
Home Rule gain from Liberal Swing +18.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Walker, B.M., ed. (1978). Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801-1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0901714127. 
  2. ^ "The General Election". Freeman's Journal. 7 February 1874. p. 3. Retrieved 19 February 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).