County Kilkenny (UK Parliament constituency)

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Kilkenny County
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Number of members two
Replaced by North Kilkenny
South Kilkenny

County Kilkenny parliamentary constituency was a former UK Parliament County constituency in County Kilkenny in Ireland. The County constituency returned two Members of Parliament (MP) in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, from 1801 until 1885.

County Kilkenny constituency was an original constituency represented in Parliament when the Acts of Union 1800 by Great Britain and Ireland took effect on 1 January 1801, and remained in existence until its abolition in 1885 when it was replaced by North Kilkenny and South Kilkenny.

County Kilkenny constituency was made up of the traditional county except for the borough constituency of Kilkenny City for Kilkenny.


This constituency comprised the whole of County Kilkenny, except for the Parliamentary borough of Kilkenny City.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Year 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1801, 1 January William Ponsonby, later Baron Ponsonby Whig James Butler, later Marquess of Ormonde
1806, 12 April George Ponsonby
1806, 21 November Frederick Cavendish Ponsonby
1820, 11 September Charles Harwood Butler Clarke
1826, 22 June John Ponsonby, Viscount Duncannon, later Earl of Bessborough
1830, 12 August John Butler, Earl of Ossory, later Marquess of Ormonde
1832, 20 December Pierce Butler William Francis Finn
1837, 12 August George Bryan
1843, 1 December Pierce Somerset Butler
1846, 29 July Richard Smithwicke
1847, 18 August John Greene
1852, 26 July William Shee
1857, 13 April Leopold Agar-Ellis, later Viscount Clifden
1865, 24 July George Leopold Bryan
1874, 10 February Patrick Martin
1880, 15 April Edward Purcell Mulhallen Marum
1885 Constituency abolished: see North Kilkenny and South Kilkenny