Dungannon (UK Parliament constituency)

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Dungannon
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
18011885
Replaced bySouth Tyrone

Dungannon 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.

Boundaries[edit]

This constituency was the Parliamentary borough of Dungannon in County Tyrone.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1801 Hon. John Knox[1]
1801 by-election Sir Charles Hamilton, Bt Conservative
1802 Hon. George Knox[2] Conservative
1803 by-election Sir Charles Hamilton, Bt Conservative
1806 Hon. George Knox[2] Conservative
1807 by-election James Hamilton, Viscount Hamilton Conservative
1807 Lord Claude Hamilton
1809 by-election Claude Scott
1812 George Peter Holford
1818 Hon. Thomas Knox Conservative
28 December 1830 John James Knox Conservative[3]
1837 Viscount Northland (2nd) Conservative[3]
1838 by-election Viscount Northland (3rd) Conservative[3]
1851 by-election William Stuart Knox Conservative
1874 Thomas Alexander Dickson Liberal
1880 by-election[4] James Dickson Liberal
1885 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1840s[edit]

General election 1841: Dungannon[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Thomas Knox 72 58.1 N/A
Whig John Falls[3] 52 41.9 N/A
Majority 20 16.1 N/A
Turnout 124 63.3 N/A
Registered electors 196
Conservative hold Swing N/A
General election 1847: Dungannon[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Thomas Knox Unopposed
Registered electors 438
Conservative hold

Elections in the 1850s[edit]

Knox resigned due to ill health by accepting the office of Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds, causing a by-election.[6]

By-election, 3 August 1850: Dungannon[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Thomas Knox Unopposed
Conservative hold

Knox resigned again by accepting the office of Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds, causing a by-election.

By-election, 14 February 1851: Dungannon[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Knox Unopposed
Conservative hold

Knox was appointed a Groom in Waiting to Queen Victoria, causing a by-election.

By-election, 24 March 1852: Dungannon[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Knox Unopposed
Conservative hold
General election 1852: Dungannon[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Knox 100 82.0 N/A
Whig William Holmes[7] 22 18.0 N/A
Majority 78 63.9 N/A
Turnout 122 77.2 N/A
Registered electors 158
Conservative hold
General election 1857: Dungannon[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Knox Unopposed
Registered electors 188
Conservative hold
General election 1859: Dungannon[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Knox Unopposed
Registered electors 202
Conservative hold

Elections in the 1860s[edit]

General election 1865: Dungannon[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Knox Unopposed
Registered electors 174
Conservative hold
General election 1868: Dungannon[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Knox Unopposed
Registered electors 245
Conservative hold

Elections in the 1870s[edit]

General election 1874: Dungannon[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Thomas Alexander Dickson 121 52.6 N/A
Conservative William Knox 109 47.4 N/A
Majority 12 5.2 N/A
Turnout 230 91.3 N/A
Registered electors 252
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing N/A

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General election 1880: Dungannon[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Thomas Alexander Dickson 132 50.8
Conservative William Knox 128 49.2
Majority 4 1.5
Turnout 260 92.2 N/A
Registered electors 282
Liberal hold Swing

On petition, Dickson was unseated and a by-election was called.

By-election, 25 June 1880: Dungannon[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal James Dickson 132 50.8 +0.0
Conservative William Knox 128 49.2 +0.0
Majority 4 1.5 +0.0
Turnout 260 92.2 +0.0
Registered electors 282
Liberal hold Swing +0.0

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Knox was returned in the ballot for Irish borough constituencies held in December 1800. However, he had been lost at sea the previous month while on his way to take up the post of Governor of Jamaica. This was not known at the time of the ballot. No writ to replace him was issued until 4 Nov 1801
  2. ^ a b At both the 1802 and 1806 elections, George Knox was also returned for Dublin University, and chose to sit for that seat rather than for Dungannon.
  3. ^ a b c d Stooks Smith, Henry (1842). The Register of Parliamentary Contested Elections: Containing the Uncontested Elections Since 1830. London: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co. p. 226. Retrieved 21 August 2019 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Thomas Alexander Dickson had been re-elected at the general election in April 1880, but his election was declared void on 10 June 1880
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Walker, B.M., ed. (1978). Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801-1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0901714127.
  6. ^ "Ireland". Shrewsbury Chronicle. 9 August 1850. p. 4. Retrieved 30 September 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. ^ "Dungannon Elections". Northern Standard. 24 July 1852. p. 4. Retrieved 30 September 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.

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