Nathaniel Buckley

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Nathaniel Buckley (1821 – 23 March 1892)[1] was a British landowner, cotton mill owner and Liberal Party politician.

At the 1868 general election he was Liberal candidate for the constituency of Stalybridge, but was defeated by his Conservative opponent, James Sidebottom. Sidebottom died in February 1871 causing a by-election. Initially the local Liberal Party selected the Honourable Edward Lyuth Stanley as their candidate, but following a number of delegations of "working men", Buckley was chosen.[2] The by-election was held on 28 February and Buckley won the seat by 208 votes.[3]

By the 1870s Buckley was a millionaire and in 1873 he purchased the Galtee estate of the Earl of Kingston, near Mitchelstown, County Cork, Ireland. Following a revaluation, he issued rent demands to his new tenants of between fifty and five hundred percent. This led to a great deal of agrarian unrest, evictions and an attempted assassination of Buckley's land agent. His actions also demonstrated weaknesses in the Irish Land Acts which were consequently amended.[4]

Buckley was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire in 1867.[5]

At the 1874 general election Buckley was defeated by the Conservative candidate, Thomas Harrop Sidebottom. He did not return to parliament.

At the time of his death, aged 71, in 1892 he had residences at Alderdale Lodge, Droylsden, Lancashire and Galtee Castle, County Cork.[6]


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 4)
  2. ^ Election Intelligence, The Times, 25 February 1871, p. 9
  3. ^ Election Intelligence, The Times, 1 March 1871, p. 8
  4. ^ "Land Tenure (Ireland) Bill". Hansard. 6 February 1878. Retrieved 21 October 2008.
  5. ^ "No. 23253". The London Gazette. 21 May 1867. p. 2929.
  6. ^ "No. 26327". The London Gazette. 20 September 1892. p. 5352.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Sidebottom
Member of Parliament for Stalybridge
1871 – 1874
Succeeded by
Tom Harrop Sidebottom