Monaghan (UK Parliament constituency)

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Monaghan
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
18011885
Number of members Two
Replaced by North Monaghan and South Monaghan

Monaghan is a former parliamentary constituency in Ireland, returning two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Boundaries[edit]

This constituency comprised the whole of County Monaghan.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Year 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1801 Richard Dawson Warner Westenra
1801 Charles Powell Leslie II
1807 Thomas Corry
1812 Richard Dawson
1813 Thomas Corry
1818 Henry Westenra
1826 Evelyn Shirley
1830 Cadwallader Blayney Conservative
1831 Henry Westenra Whig
1832 Louis Perrin
1834 Henry Westenra Whig
1834 Edward Lucas
1835 Henry Westenra Whig
1841 Evelyn Shirley
1843 Charles Powell Leslie III Conservative
1847 Thomas Vesey Dawson
1852 Sir George Forster, Bt Conservative
1865 Vesey Dawson Liberal
1868 Sewallis Shirley Conservative
1871 John Leslie Conservative
1880 John Givan Liberal William Findlater Liberal
1883 Tim Healy Irish Parliamentary
1885 constituency abolished: see North Monaghan and South Monaghan

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1860s[edit]

General Election 1865: Monaghan[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Charles Powell Leslie 2,551 35.6 N/A
Liberal Vesey Dawson 2,397 33.4 N/A
Conservative George Forster 2,218 30.9 N/A
Liberal Edward James Stanley 3 0.1 N/A
Turnout 4,782 (est) 89.4 (est) N/A
Registered electors 5,350
Majority 154 2.1 N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A
Majority 179 2.5 N/A
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing N/A
General Election 1868: Monaghan[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Charles Powell Leslie 3,130 45.5 +9.9
Conservative Sewallis Shirley 2,785 40.5 +9.6
Liberal William Gray 960 14.0 −19.5
Majority 1,825 26.5 +24.4
Turnout 3,918 (est) 70.1 (est) −19.3
Registered electors 5,591
Conservative hold Swing +9.8
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +9.7

Elections in the 1870s[edit]

Leslie's death caused a by-election.

By-election, 22 Jul 1871: Monaghan[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Leslie 2,538 63.6 −22.4
Home Rule Isaac Butt 1,451 36.4 N/A
Majority 1,087 27.2 +0.7
Turnout 3,989 70.9 +0.8
Registered electors 5,623
Conservative hold Swing N/A
General Election 1874: Monaghan[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Leslie 2,481 35.4 −10.1
Conservative Sewallis Shirley 2,417 34.5 −6.0
Home Rule John Madden 2,105 30.1 N/A
Majority 312 4.5 −22.0
Turnout 4,554 (est) 81.9 (est) +11.8
Registered electors 5,559
Conservative hold Swing N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1880: Monaghan[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Givan 2,818 29.4 N/A
Liberal William Findlater 2,545 26.6 N/A
Conservative John Leslie 2,117 22.1 −13.3
Conservative Sewallis Shirley 2,099 21.9 −12.6
Majority 428 4.5 N/A
Turnout 4,790 (est) 87.1 (est) +5.2
Registered electors 5,496
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing N/A
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing N/A

Givan was appointed Crown Solicitor for Kildare and Meath, causing a by-election.

By-election, 30 June 1883: Monaghan[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Parliamentary Tim Healy 2,376 51.0 N/A
Conservative John Monroe 2,011 43.1 −0.9
Liberal Henry Pringle 274 5.9 −50.1
Majority 365 4.5 N/A
Turnout 4,661 88.3 +1.2 (est)
Registered electors 5,281
Irish Parliamentary gain from Liberal Swing N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Walker, B.M., ed. (1978). Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801-1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0901714127.