James Boyle (Irish Parliamentary Party politician)

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James Boyle MP

James Boyle (1863 – 1 December 1936)[1][2] was a solicitor and Irish Nationalist politician from Stranorlar in County Donegal, who served briefly in the United Kingdom House of Commons as a member of the Irish Parliamentary Party at the start of the 20th century.

Boyle was a delegate to the Irish Race Convention held in Dublin in September 1896,[3] and at the general election in October 1900 he was elected unopposed as Member of Parliament for West Donegal.[4] He told the Irish Party's leader John Redmond in March 1902 of his intention to resign his seat,[5] and he formally resigned from the Commons on 10 April.[6][7]

A coroner before his election to Parliament,[8] he was listed in the 1901 edition of Who's Who as being over 200 years old (and therefore having lived in for centuries).[9] Boyle died in 1936, aged 73, and was buried in the family burial grounds at Dungloe after requiem mass in Stranorlar. The mourners at his funeral included his widow and two daughters.[10]


  1. ^ Hansard 1803–2005: James Boyle
  2. ^ "Historical list of MPs: constituencies beginning with "D", part 2". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Proceedings of the Irish Race Convention which met in Dublin the first three days of Sept, 1896". Dublin: Printed for the Irish National Federation, by Sealy, Bryers & Walker. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  4. ^ Brian M. Walker, ed. (1978). Parliamentary election results in Ireland 1801–1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. p. 159. ISBN 0-901714-12-7. 
  5. ^ "Another Irish vacancy". The Irish Times digital archive (subscription required). 18 March 1902. p. 5. Retrieved 19 December 2009. It is understood that resignation of Mr. James Boyle, member for West Donegal, is in Mr Redmond's hands 
  6. ^ "no. 27424". The London Gazette. 11 April 1902. p. 2416. 
  7. ^ Department of Information Services (9 June 2009). "Appointments to the Chiltern Hundreds and Manor of Northstead Stewardships since 1850" (PDF). House of Commons Library. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 February 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "Soldier shot by a comrade at Ballyshannon". The Irish Times digital archive (subscription required). 17 July 1900. p. 6. Retrieved 19 December 2009. The coroner, Mr. James Boyle, solicitor, Starnaorlar, was communicated with, and an inquest will be held 
  9. ^ "Passing events". The Irish Times digital archive (subscription required). 16 January 1901. p. 6. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  10. ^ "Funeral of Mr James Boyle". The Irish Times digital archive (subscription required). 26 December 1936. p. 11. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Timothy Daniel Sullivan
Member of Parliament for West Donegal
1900 – 1902
Succeeded by
Hugh Law