United Kingdom general election, 1859 (Ireland)

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United Kingdom general election, 1859
United Kingdom
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105 of the 670 seats to the House of Commons
  First party Second party
  14th Earl of Derby.jpg Palmerston.jpg
Leader The Earl of Derby The Viscount Palmerston
Party Conservative Liberal
Leader since July 1846 6 February 1855
Leader's seat Earl of Derby Tiverton
Last election 42 48
Seats won 55 50
Seat change Increase11 Increase2
Popular vote 35,258 57,409
Percentage 38.9% 61.1%
Swing Decrease4.7% Increase 13.3%

United Kingdom general election 1859 in Ireland.svg
Results of the 1859 election in Ireland.

PM before election

Lord Derby

Subsequent PM

Lord Palmerston

The 1859 British general election in Ireland produced one of the last overall victories for the Tories in Ireland. Their win, however, did not mean that Ireland was supporting the Tories, though the party did have some strong pockets of support on the island. The win was a result of a restricted electoral franchise which saw voting restricted to the middle and upper classes, who were disproportionately supportive of the Tory Party in Ireland.

Electoral reform in subsequent decades saw a sharp decline in Tory fortunes in Ireland, with new voters, who had not been Tory supporters anyhow, supporting first of all the Liberal Party, notably in the 1868 general election in Ireland and later the Home Rule League (later the Irish Parliamentary Party)from the 1874 general election in Ireland onwards.


Party Candidates Unopposed Seats Seats change Votes  %  % Change
Conservative 67 36 53 Increase11 35,258 38.9 Decrease4.7
Liberal 73 26 50 Increase2 57,409 61.1 Increase13.3
Total 140 62 103 Steady 92,667 100

University Constituencies[edit]

General Election 1859: University of Dublin
(2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Anthony Lefroy unopposed unopposed
Conservative Rt Hon. James Whiteside unopposed unopposed
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing


  1. ^ Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael. British Electoral Facts: 1832-2012. p. 8.