South Louth (UK Parliament constituency)

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South Louth
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
18851918
Number of members One
Replaced by County Louth
Created from County Louth and Drogheda

South Louth was a parliamentary constituency in Ireland, which returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1885 to 1918. Prior to the 1885 general election and after the dissolution of Parliament in 1918 the area was part of the Louth constituency.

Boundaries[edit]

This constituency comprised the southern part of County Louth including the towns of Drogheda and Ardee. The seat was defined under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 as comprising the baronies of Ardee (except the parish of Killany, and that part of the parish of Louth included in the North Division), Drogheda and Ferrard, and the county of the town of Drogheda.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Years Member Party
1885–1890 T. P. Gill Irish Parliamentary Party
1891–1892 Anti-Parnellite
1892–1895 Dr Daniel Ambrose Anti-Parnellite
1896–1900 Richard McGhee Anti-Parnellite
1900–1901 Joseph Nolan Independent Nationalist
1901–1918 Irish Parliamentary Party
1918 constituency abolished: see County Louth

Elections[edit]

The elections in this constituency took place using the first past the post electoral system.

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1885: South Louth[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Parliamentary T.P. Gill Unopposed
Registered electors 5,796
Irish Parliamentary win (new seat)
General Election 1886: South Louth[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Parliamentary T.P. Gill Unopposed
Registered electors 5,796
Irish Parliamentary hold

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1892: South Louth[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish National Federation Daniel Ambrose 2,451 68.5 N/A
Irish National League Joseph Nolan 1,126 31.5 N/A
Majority 1,325 37.0 N/A
Turnout 3,577 66.0 N/A
Registered electors 5,418
Irish National Federation gain from Irish Parliamentary Swing N/A
General Election 1895: South Louth[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish National Federation Daniel Ambrose 2,006 65.8 −2.7
Irish National League Gubins Fitzgerald 1,044 34.2 +2.7
Majority 962 31.5 −5.5
Turnout 3,050 58.4 −7.6
Registered electors 5,221
Irish National Federation hold Swing −2.7

Ambrose's death causes a by-election.

By-Election 19 March 1896: South Louth[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish National Federation Richard McGhee 1,626 48.8 −17.0
Irish National League J. P. Nolan 1,249 37.5 +3.3
Independent Nationalist Philip Callan 459 13.8 N/A
Majority 377 11.3 −20.2
Turnout 3,334 64.7 +6.3
Registered electors 5,155
Irish National Federation hold Swing −10.2

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1900: South Louth[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Nationalist Joseph Nolan 1,233 56.9 N/A
Irish Parliamentary Richard McGhee 934 43.1 −5.7
Majority 299 13.8 N/A
Turnout 2,167 39.5 −25.2
Registered electors 5,480
Independent Nationalist gain from Irish Parliamentary Swing N/A
General Election 1906: South Louth[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Parliamentary Joseph Nolan Unopposed
Registered electors 4,997
Irish Parliamentary gain from Independent Nationalist

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election January 1910: South Louth[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Parliamentary Joseph Nolan Unopposed
Registered electors 4,802
Irish Parliamentary hold
General Election December 1910: South Louth[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Parliamentary Joseph Nolan Unopposed
Registered electors 4,802
Irish Parliamentary hold

References[edit]


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