Donegal (UK Parliament constituency)

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Donegal
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Island of Ireland location map Donegal.svg
Location of County Donegal within Ireland.
18011885
Number of members Two
Replaced by North Donegal
East Donegal
South Donegal
West Donegal

Donegal was a UK Parliament constituency in Ireland, returning two Members of Parliament (MPs).

Boundaries[edit]

This constituency comprised the whole of County Donegal. In 1885, it was divided into separate constituencies of East Donegal, North Donegal, South Donegal and West Donegal.

Members of Parliament[edit]

  • Constituency created (1801)
Election 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1801 Henry Vaughan Brooke Viscount Sudley Tory
1802 Sir James Stewart, Bt
1806 Henry Vaughan Brooke
1808 Henry Montgomery
1812 George Vaughan Hart
1818 Earl of Mount Charles Tory
1825 Earl of Mount Charles
1831 Sir Edmund Hayes Conservative Edward Conolly Conservative
1849 Thomas Conolly Conservative
1860 Viscount Hamilton Conservative
1876 William Wilson Conservative
1879 Thomas Lea Liberal
1880 John Kinnear Liberal
  • Constituency abolished (1885)

Elections[edit]

Elections of the 1880s[edit]

General election 1880: Donegal
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Thomas Lea 2,274 36.4
Liberal John Kinnear 2,015 32.3
Irish Conservative Marquess of Hamilton 1,954 31.3
Majority 61 4.1
Turnout 6,243
Liberal gain from Irish Conservative Swing
Liberal gain from Irish Conservative Swing

Elections of the 1870s[edit]

Donegal by-election, 1876
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Conservative William Wilson 1,975 51.3
Liberal Thomas Lea 1,876 48.7
Majority 99 2.6
Turnout 3,851 83.8
Irish Conservative hold Swing
General election 1874: Donegal
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Conservative Marquess of Hamilton 2,102 27.8
Irish Conservative Thomas Conolly 1,866 24.7
Liberal Tristram Kennedy 1,826 24.2
Liberal Dr Evory Kennedy 1,757 23.2
Majority 236 3.1
Turnout 7,551
Irish Conservative hold Swing
Irish Conservative hold Swing

Elections of the 1860s[edit]

General election 1868: Donegal
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Conservative Thomas Conolly unopposed
Irish Conservative Marquess of Hamilton unopposed
Majority
Turnout
Irish Conservative hold Swing
Irish Conservative hold Swing
General election 1865: Donegal
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Conservative Thomas Conolly unopposed
Irish Conservative Marquess of Hamilton unopposed
Majority
Turnout
Irish Conservative hold Swing
Irish Conservative hold Swing

Elections of the 1850s[edit]

General election 1859: Donegal
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Conservative Thomas Conolly unopposed
Irish Conservative Sir Edmund Samuel Hayes, 3rd Baronet unopposed
Majority
Turnout
Irish Conservative hold Swing
Irish Conservative hold Swing
General election 1857: Donegal
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Conservative Thomas Conolly unopposed
Irish Conservative Sir Edmund Samuel Hayes, 3rd Baronet unopposed
Majority
Turnout
Irish Conservative hold Swing
Irish Conservative hold Swing
General election 1852: Donegal
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Conservative Thomas Conolly 1,839
Irish Conservative Sir Edmund Samuel Hayes, 3rd Baronet 1,624
Liberal Patrick F. Campbell Johnston 1,143
Majority
Turnout
Irish Conservative hold Swing
Irish Conservative hold Swing

Elections of the 1830s[edit]

General election 1832: Donegal
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Conservative Sir Edmund Samuel Hayes, 3rd Baronet 795
Irish Conservative Lt. Col. Edward Michael Conolly 734
Liberal Lord Hamilton Francis Chichester 552
Majority 182
Turnout
Irish Conservative hold Swing
Irish Conservative hold Swing

Elections of the 1810s[edit]

General election 1818: Donegal
Party Candidate Votes % ±
George Vaughan Hart unopposed
Earl of Mount Charles unopposed
Turnout
General election 1812: Donegal
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Sir James Stewart, 7th Baronet unopposed
George Vaughan Hart unopposed
Turnout

Elections of the 1800s[edit]

Donegal by-election, 1808
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Henry Conyngham Montgomery 433 54.8
George Vaughan Hart 357 45.2
Majority 76 9.6
Turnout 790
Independent hold Swing
General election 1807: Donegal
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Sir James Stewart, 7th Baronet unopposed
Henry Vaughan Brooke unopposed
Turnout
General election 1806: Donegal
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Sir James Stewart, 7th Baronet unopposed
Henry Vaughan Brooke unopposed
Turnout
General election 1802: Donegal
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Viscount Sudley unopposed
Sir James Stewart, 7th Baronet unopposed
Turnout
1801 co-option: Donegal
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Henry Vaughan Brooke unopposed
Viscount Sudley unopposed
Turnout

References[edit]