Denis Bowes Daly

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Denis Bowes Daly PC (c. 1745 – 17 December 1821), was an Irish politician.

Daly was the eldest son of Hyacynth Daly of Dalystown, and his cousin Rose Daly of Raford, both of County Galway and educated privately in Dublin and at Trinity College, Dublin.

After serving as High Sheriff of King's County for 1774 he was brought into the Irish parliament by his cousin, Denis Daly of Dunsandle. There he served as MP for Galway Borough from 1776 to 1790 and for King's County from 1790-1800. A constant supporter of the Ponsonby's, he voted for catholic relief in 1778 and 1793, the repeal of Poynings' Law in 1780, and for commercial propositions in 1785. He was an agent for Viceroy William Fitzwilliam, 4th Earl Fitzwilliam in attempting to persuade John Beresford to accept a pension, thus leaving office without scandal. Daly strongly opposed the Acts of Union 1800, co-ordinating the factions against the government.

After the acts were passed he represented King's County (now Offaly) (1801–02), Galway Borough (1802-05) and County Galway (1805–18). He was sworn of the Irish Privy Council on 7 June 1806.

In 1780 he had married Mary Charlotte Ponsonby, daughter of John Ponsonby, and sister of George Ponsonby. However she died a year after the marriage, after which Daly refused to leave his house for more than twelve months.


  • The Lords of Dunsandle, James Noel Dillon, in Kiltullagh/Killimordaly: As the Centuries passed: A history from 1500-1900, pp. 43–67, ed. Kieran Jordan, 2000.
  • Clare bards, Galway gentry, Patrick Melvin, The Irish Genealogist, 2002
  • The Daly Chronicle, Dermot Daly,The Irish Genealogist, 2002
  • Dictionary of Irish Biography, p. 19, Cambridge, 2010

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for King's County
With: Sir Lawrence Parsons
Succeeded by
Sir Lawrence Parsons
Thomas Bernard
Preceded by
John Brabazon Ponsonby
Member of Parliament for Galway Borough
Succeeded by
James Daly
Preceded by
Richard Martin
Richard Le Poer Trench
Member of Parliament for County Galway
With: Richard Le Poer Trench to 1812
James Daly from 1812
Succeeded by
James Daly
Richard Martin