William Elliot (MP)

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William Elliot (12 March 1766 – 26 October 1818)[1] was an Irish politician who sat in the Irish House of Commons before its abolition. After the Act of Union he sat as a Whig[2] in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

Elliot was elected to the Irish House of Commons in 1796 as a Member of Parliament St Canice.[3] At the 1798 election he was returned for both Carlow Borough and for St Canice, but chose to continue to sit for St Canice.[3] He held that seat until the Parliament of Ireland was abolished at the end of 1800 by the Act of Union,[3] when he did not initially have a seat in the new Parliament of the United Kingdom.

However, he was elected at an unopposed by-election[4] in March 1801 as MP for Portarlington, and held that seat until the 1802 general election,[5] when he was returned for Peterborough.[2] He held that seat until his death in October 1818, aged 52.[1]

He was sworn as a Privy Councillor in March 1806, in Dublin Castle,[6] and appointed on 28 March as Chief Secretary for Ireland[6] in the Ministry of All the Talents. He held that post until 1807.


  1. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ a b Stooks Smith, Henry. (1973) [1844-1850]. Craig, F. W. S., ed. The Parliaments of England (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 236. ISBN 0-900178-13-2. 
  3. ^ a b c Leigh Rayment's historical List of Members of the Irish House of Commonscites: Johnston-Liik, Edith Mary (2002). The History of the Irish Parliament 1692-1800 (6 volumes). Ulster Historical Foundation. 
  4. ^ Brian M. Walker, ed. (1978). Parliamentary election results in Ireland 1801–1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. p. 4. ISBN 0-901714-12-7. 
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  6. ^ a b "no. 15906". The London Gazette. 1 April 1806. p. 420. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 

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Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Sylvester Douglas
John Monck Mason
Member of Parliament for St Canice
1796 – 1800
With: John Monck Mason
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Frederick Flood, Bt
John Ormsby Vandeleur
Member of Parliament for Carlow Borough
With: Henry Prittie
Succeeded by
John Wolfe
Henry Prittie
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Frederick Trench, 1st Baron Ashtown
Member of Parliament for Portarlington
March 1801 – 1802
Succeeded by
Henry Parnell
Preceded by
Hon. Lionel Damer
Dr. French Laurence
Member of Parliament for Peterborough
With: Dr. French Laurence to 1809
Marquess of Tavistock 1809–1812
George Ponsonby 1812–1816
Hon. William Lamb 1816
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Heron, Bt
Hon. William Lamb
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Long
Chief Secretary for Ireland
Succeeded by
Arthur Wellesley, Baron Douro