King's County (UK Parliament constituency)

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King's County
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Replaced by King's County Birr and King's County Tullamore
Created from King's County Birr and King's County Tullamore

King's County was a parliamentary constituency in Ireland, represented in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. It returned two Members of Parliament (MPs) 1801–1885 and one in 1918–1922.


This constituency comprised the whole of King's County now known as County Offaly.

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1801–1885[edit]

Election 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1801, 1 January Sir Lawrence Parsons, Bt Denis Bowes Daly
1802, 22 July Thomas Bernard
1807, 22 May Hardress Lloyd
1818, 30 June John Clere Parsons
1821, 30 July William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse Lord Oxmantown
1833, 1 January Nicholas Fitzsimon
1835, 16 January Hon. John Westenra
1841, 24 February Sir Andrew Armstrong
1852, 26 July Sir Patrick O'Brien, Bt Loftus Henry Bland
1859, 19 May John Pope Hennessy
1865, 24 July John Gilbert King
1868, 23 November David Sherlock
1880, 13 April Bernard Charles Molloy
1885 Constituency divided: see King's County Birr and King's County Tullamore

MPs 1918–1922[edit]

Year Member Party
1918 Patrick McCartan Sinn Féin
1922 Constituency abolished


General Election 1880: King's County (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Home Rule Sir Patrick O'Brien, Bt 1,893 42.96
Home Rule Bernard Charles Molloy 1,712 38.86
Conservative Henry Jackson 801 18.18
Turnout 4,406 68.67
  • Note: Registered electors 3,208. Turnout estimated by dividing votes cast by 2. This will underestimate turnout to the extent that electors only used one of their two possible votes.
  • Constituency abolished 1885 and re-created as a single member constituency 1918
General Election 1918: King's County
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Sinn Féin Patrick McCartan Unopposed N/A N/A
  • Constituency abolished 1922