Sligo County (UK Parliament constituency)

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Sligo County
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
18011885
Number of membersTwo
Replaced byNorth Sligo and South Sligo

Sligo County is a former county constituency in Ireland, represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It returned two Members of Parliament (MPs), elected by the bloc vote system of election.

Boundaries[edit]

This constituency comprised the whole of County Sligo, except the Parliamentary borough of Sligo 1801-1870. From 1885 the constituency was divided into North Sligo and South Sligo.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1801 Joshua Edward Cooper Tory Charles O'Hara Tory
Nov 1806 Edward Synge Cooper Tory
Dec 1822 Henry King Whig[1]
Aug 1830 Edward Joshua Cooper Tory[1][2]
May 1831 Alexander Perceval Tory[1][2]
Dec 1834 Conservative[1][2] Conservative[1][2]
Jul 1841 William Ormsby-Gore Conservative[1][2]
Sep 1841 John Ffolliott Conservative[1][2]
Mar 1850 Sir Robert Gore-Booth Conservative[2]
Jul 1852 Richard Swift Ind. Irish[2]
Apr 1857 Edward Joshua Cooper Conservative[2]
May 1859 Charles William Cooper
changed name to O'Hara, 1860
Conservative[2]
Jul 1865 Edward Henry Cooper Conservative[2]
Dec 1868 Denis Maurice O'Conor Liberal[2]
Dec 1874 Home Rule League[2]
Jan 1877 Edward King-Harman Home Rule[2]
Apr 1880 Thomas Sexton Home Rule League (Parnellite)[2]
Oct 1882 Irish Parliamentary Irish Parliamentary[2]
Aug 1883 Nicholas Lynch Irish Parliamentary[2]
1885 constituency abolished: see North Sligo and South Sligo

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1830s[edit]

General election 1830: Sligo County (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Tory Edward Joshua Cooper 465 47.89
Tory Henry King 390 40.16
Independent Fitzstephen French 116 11.95
Turnout 971 N/A N/A

Elections in the 1850s[edit]

Ffolliott resigned by accepting the office of Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds, causing a by-election.

By-election, 12 March 1850: Sligo County[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Gore-Booth Unopposed
Conservative hold
General election 1852: Sligo County (2 seats)[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Gore-Booth 943 35.9 N/A
Independent Irish Richard Swift 870 33.1 N/A
Conservative William Ormsby-Gore 774 29.5 N/A
Whig John Taaffe[3] 39 1.5 N/A
Turnout 1,313 (est) 62.4 (est) N/A
Registered electors 2,105
Majority 73 2.8 N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A
Majority 96 3.7 N/A
Independent Irish gain from Conservative Swing N/A
General election 1857: Sligo County (2 seats)[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Gore-Booth 1,471 45.2 +9.3
Conservative Edward Joshua Cooper 1,471 45.2 +15.7
Whig John Ball[4] 305 9.4 +7.9
Independent Irish Richard Swift 5 0.2 −32.9
Majority 1,166 35.9 +33.1
Turnout 1,776 (est) 74.3 (est) +11.9
Registered electors 2,389
Conservative hold Swing +12.9
Conservative gain from Independent Irish Swing +16.1
General election 1859: Sligo County (2 seats)[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Gore-Booth Unopposed
Conservative Charles William Cooper Unopposed
Registered electors 2,445
Conservative hold
Conservative hold

Elections in the 1860s[edit]

General election 1865: Sligo County (2 seats)[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Edward Henry Cooper Unopposed
Conservative Robert Gore-Booth Unopposed
Registered electors 3,181
Conservative hold
Conservative hold
General election 1868: Sligo County (2 seats)[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Denis Maurice O'Conor 1,671 41.7 N/A
Conservative Robert Gore-Booth 1,208 30.1 N/A
Conservative Edward Henry Cooper 1,129 28.2 N/A
Liberal Cornelius Alexander Keogh 2 0.0 N/A
Turnout 2,840 (est) 87.8 (est) N/A
Registered electors 3,233
Majority 463 11.5 N/A
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing N/A
Majority 1,206 30.1 N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1870s[edit]

General election 1874: Sligo County (2 seats)[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Home Rule Denis Maurice O'Conor Unopposed
Conservative Robert Gore-Booth Unopposed
Registered electors 3,539
Home Rule gain from Liberal
Conservative hold

Gore-Booth's death caused a by-election.

By-election, 12 Jan 1877: Sligo County (1 seat)[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Home Rule Edward King-Harman Unopposed
Registered electors 3,414
Home Rule gain from Conservative

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General election 1880: Sligo County (2 seats)[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Home Rule League (Parnellite) Thomas Sexton 1,591 36.1 N/A
Home Rule Denis Maurice O'Conor 1,551 35.2 N/A
Home Rule Edward King-Harman 1,267 28.7 N/A
Majority 284 6.4 N/A
Turnout 2,205 (est) 67.7 (est) N/A
Registered electors 3,256
Home Rule gain from Conservative Swing
Home Rule hold Swing

O'Conor's death caused a by-election.

By-election, 18 Aug 1883: Sligo County (2 seats)[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Parliamentary Nicholas Lynch 1,545 61.1 N/A
Conservative Charles Kane O'Hara[5] 983 38.9 N/A
Majority 562 22.2 N/A
Turnout 2,528 79.6 +11.9
Registered electors 3,174
Irish Parliamentary hold Swing N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Smith, Henry Stooks (1842). The Register of Parliamentary Contested Elections (Second ed.). Simpkin, Marshall & Company. p. 239. Retrieved 9 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 u v w x y z aa Walker, B.M., ed. (1978). Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801-1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0901714127.
  3. ^ "Election Intelligence". The Atlas. 24 July 1852. pp. 5–6. Retrieved 9 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ "Belfast Mercury". 23 April 1857. p. 2. Retrieved 9 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ "Election Intelligence". South Wales Daily News. 15 August 1883. p. 4. Retrieved 22 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.