Lisburn (UK Parliament constituency)

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Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Replaced by South Antrim

Lisburn 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 Lisburn in County Antrim.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party Note
1 January 1801 George Hatton Tory 1801: Co-opted
12 July 1802 Earl of Yarmouth Tory
20 October 1812 Lord Henry Seymour Moore Tory
29 June 1818 John Leslie Foster Tory Also returned by and elected to sit for Armagh City
22 February 1819 Horace Beauchamp Seymour Tory
16 June 1826 Henry Meynell Tory Re-elected as a Conservative candidate
15 December 1832 Conservative 1
5 August 1847 Sir Horace Beauchamp Seymour Peelite Died 23 November 1851
5 January 1852 Sir James Emerson Tennent Conservative Resigned
11 December 1852 Roger Johnson Smyth 2 Liberal 3 Died 19 September 1853
14 October 1853 Jonathan Joseph Richardson 4 Liberal 3 Re-elected as a Conservative candidate
4 May 1859 Conservative Resigned
23 February 1863 John Doherty Barbour Liberal Unseated on petition - new writ issued
23 June 1863 Edward Wingfield Verner Conservative Resigned
19 February 1873 Sir Richard Wallace, Bt Conservative Last MP for the constituency
1885 Constituency abolished

Supplemental Notes:-

  • 1 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.
  • 2 Smyth was classified by Walker as a Liberal. Stenton however describes him as "a moderate Conservative, in favour of free trade ...".
  • 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.
  • 4 Walker suggests J. J. Richardson (elected 1853), was a different person from Jonathan Richardson (elected as a Liberal in 1857 and as a Conservative in 1859). Stenton, whose entry for the MP is mostly based upon the 1862 edition of Dod's Parliamentary Companion, states that Jonathan Richardson was "First returned for Lisburn Oct. 1853, and sat until he accepted Chiltern Hundreds Feb. 1863".