Downpatrick (UK Parliament constituency)

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Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Replaced by East Down

Downpatrick was a United Kingdom Parliament constituency, in Ireland, returning one MP. It was an original constituency represented in Parliament when the Union of Great Britain and Ireland took effect on 1 January 1801.


This constituency was the Parliamentary borough of Downpatrick in County Down.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party Note
1801, January 1 Clotworthy Rowley 1801: Co-opted. Appointed Commissioner of Compensation.
1801, March 10 Samuel Campbell Rowley
1802, July 17 Charles Stewart Hawthorne
1806, November 18 Edward Southwell Ruthven Whig 1
1807, May 22 John Wilson Croker Tory 1
1812, October 20 Charles Stewart Hawthorne Whig Appointed a Commissioner of Excise in Ireland
1815, March 9 Viscount Glerawley Tory
1820, March 28 John Waring Maxwell Tory
1830, August 7 Edward Southwell Ruthven Whig
1832, December 13 John Waring Maxwell Conservative 2
1835, January 9 David Ker Conservative
1841, July 2 David Stewart Ker Conservative
1847, August 4 Richard Ker Peelite Resigned
1851, August 8 Hon. Charles Stewart Hardinge Conservative Became the 2nd Viscount Hardinge, 24 September 1856
1857, February 12 Richard Ker Liberal 3
1859, May 3 David Stewart Ker Conservative Resigned
1867, August 5 William Keown Conservative
1874, February 2 John Mulholland Conservative Last MP for the constituency
1885 Constituency abolished

Supplemental Notes:-

  • 1 Stooks Smith suggests that after the 1806 election there was a petition, which led to Edward Southwell Ruthven (Whig) being unseated and John Wilson Croker {Tory} being declared duly elected. Walker does not make any reference to such a petition.
  • 2 Walker (like F. W. S. Craig in his compilations of election results for Great Britain) classifies Tory candidates as Conservatives from 1832. The name Conservative was gradually adopted as a description for the Tories. The party is deemed to be named Conservative from the 1835 general election.
  • 3 Walker (like F. W. S. Craig in his compilations of election results for Great Britain) classifies Whig, Radical and similar candidates as Liberals from 1832. The name Liberal was gradually adopted as a description for the Whigs and politicians allied with them, before the formal creation of the Liberal Party shortly after the 1859 general election.