Lisburn (UK Parliament constituency)

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Lisburn
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
18011885
Replaced bySouth 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.

Boundaries[edit]

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 Moore Tory
29 June 1818 John Leslie Foster Tory Also returned by and elected to sit for Armagh City
22 February 1819 Horace Seymour Tory
16 June 1826 Henry Meynell Tory[1][2]
18 December 1834 Conservative[1][2]
5 August 1847 Horace Seymour Peelite[2][3][4] Died 23 November 1851
5 January 1852 Sir James Emerson Tennent Conservative[2][5][6] Resigned
11 December 1852 Roger Johnson Smyth Peelite[7][8] Died 19 September 1853
14 October 1853 Jonathan Joseph Richardson Radical[9][10] Did not seek re-election
2 April 1857 Jonathan Richardson Conservative[11][12][13] Resigned
23 February 1863 John Dougherty Barbour Liberal[2] Unseated on petition - new writ issued
23 June 1863 Edward Wingfield Verner Conservative[2] Resigned
19 February 1873 Sir Richard Wallace, Bt Conservative[2] Last MP for the constituency
1885 Constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1850s[edit]

Seymour's death caused a by-election.

By-election, 5 January 1852: Lisburn[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Emerson Tennent Unopposed
Conservative gain from Peelite
General election 1852: Lisburn[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Emerson Tennent Unopposed
Registered electors 188
Conservative gain from Peelite

Tennent resigned by accepting the office of Steward of the Manor of Northstead, causing a by-election.

By-election, 11 December 1852: Lisburn[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Peelite Roger Johnson Smyth 99 53.2 N/A
Conservative John Inglis 87 46.8 N/A
Majority 12 6.5 N/A
Turnout 186 85.7 N/A
Registered electors 217
Peelite gain from Conservative Swing N/A

Smyth's death caused a by-election.

By-election, 14 October 1853: Lisburn[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Radical Jonathan Joseph Richardson Unopposed
Registered electors 217
Radical gain from Conservative
General election 1857: Lisburn[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jonathan Richardson 138 51.3 N/A
Conservative James McGarel-Hogg[14] 131 48.7 N/A
Majority 7 2.6 N/A
Turnout 269 90.9 N/A
Registered electors 296
Conservative hold Swing N/A
General election 1859: Lisburn[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jonathan Richardson Unopposed
Registered electors 314
Conservative hold

Elections in the 1860s[edit]

Richardson resigned, causing a by-election.

By-election, 23 February 1863: Lisburn[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Dougherty Barbour 140 51.1 N/A
Conservative Edward Wingfield Verner 134 48.9 N/A
Majority 6 2.2 N/A
Turnout 274 87.5 N/A
Registered electors 313
Liberal gain from Conservative

On petition, Barbour was unseated due to his and his agent's bribery and treating,[15] causing a by-election.

By-election, 26 June 1863: Lisburn[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Edward Wingfield Verner 151 62.1 N/A
Liberal Jonathan Richardson 90 37.0 N/A
Independent Liberal Robert Barbour[16] 2 0.8 N/A
Majority 61 25.1 N/A
Turnout 243 77.6 N/A
Registered electors 313
Conservative hold
General election 1865: Lisburn[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Edward Wingfield Verner 134 66.0 N/A
Liberal John Dougherty Barbour 69 34.0 N/A
Majority 65 32.0 N/A
Turnout 203 64.9 N/A
Registered electors 313
Conservative hold
General election 1868: Lisburn[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Edward Wingfield Verner Unopposed
Registered electors 469
Conservative hold

Elections in the 1870s[edit]

Verner's resignation to contest a by-election in Armagh caused a by-election.

By-election, 19 Feb 1873: Lisburn[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Wallace Unopposed
Registered electors 568
Conservative hold
General election 1874: Lisburn[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Wallace Unopposed
Registered electors 519
Conservative hold

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General election 1880: Lisburn[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Wallace Unopposed
Registered electors 768
Conservative hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Smith, Henry Stooks (1842). The Register of Parliamentary Contested Elections (Second ed.). Simpkin, Marshall & Company. p. 233. Retrieved 6 October 2018 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Walker, B.M., ed. (1978). Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801-1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0901714127.
  3. ^ "Lisburn". The Scotsman. 11 August 1847. p. 3. Retrieved 6 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ "Irish Members Returned". Tipperary Vindicator. 14 August 1847. p. 3. Retrieved 6 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ "Miscellaneous Intelligence". Berkshire Chronicle. 10 January 1852. p. 2. Retrieved 6 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ "Literary Notice". Belfast Mercury. 1 January 1852. p. 4. Retrieved 6 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. ^ "Local Intelligence". Westmorland Gazette. 18 December 1852. pp. 4–5. Retrieved 6 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  8. ^ "Summary". Liverpool Mercury. 14 December 1852. p. 8. Retrieved 6 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  9. ^ "Ireland". Monmouthshire Beacon. 15 October 1853. p. 7. Retrieved 6 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  10. ^ "Staffordshire Advertiser". 15 October 1853. p. 5. Retrieved 6 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  11. ^ "The Irish Elections". London Evening Standard. 9 April 1857. p. 3. Retrieved 6 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  12. ^ "The General Election". Londonderry Sentinel. 3 April 1857. p. 2. Retrieved 6 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  13. ^ "Dublin Evening Mail". 13 April 1857. pp. 1–2. Retrieved 6 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  14. ^ "Election Movements". Dublin Evening Packet and Correspondent. 19 March 1857. p. 3. Retrieved 6 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  15. ^ "Lisburn". Saunders's News-Letter. Dublin, Ireland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. 6 June 1863. p. 2. Retrieved 26 February 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  16. ^ "Summary". Caledonian Mercury. Midlothian, Scotland. 29 June 1863. p. 2. Retrieved 26 February 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
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  • Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801-1922, edited by B.M. Walker (Royal Irish Academy 1978)
  • Who's Who of British Members of Parliament: Volume I 1832-1885, edited by M. Stenton (The Harvester Press 1976)
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 3)