New Ross (UK Parliament constituency)

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New Ross
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
18011885
Number of members One
Replaced by South Wexford

New Ross was a United Kingdom Parliament constituency, in Ireland, returning one Member of Parliament (MP). It was an original constituency represented in Parliament when the Union of Great Britain and Ireland took effect on 1 January 1801.

Boundaries

This constituency was the Parliamentary borough of New Ross in County Wexford.

Members of Parliament

The use of Roman numerals, in brackets, is to distinguish between two MPs with the same name. It is not suggested that the men were known in that way, during their lifetimes.

Election Member Party Note
1801 general election Robert Leigh 1801: Co-opted
1802 general election Charles Tottenham (I) Resigned
1805 New Ross by-election Ponsonby Tottenham
1806 general election Charles Leigh
1807 general election William Wigram (I)
1812 general election Charles Leigh
1818 general election John Carroll Resigned
1821 New Ross by-election Francis Leigh Tory Resigned
1824 New Ross by-election John Doherty Tory
1826 general election William Wigram (II) Tory[1]
1830 general election Charles Powell Leslie II Tory[1]
1831 general election Charles Tottenham (II) Tory[1] Resigned
1831 New Ross by-election William Wigram (II) Tory[1]
1832 general election John Hyacinth Talbot Repeal Association[2]
1841 general election Hon. Robert Gore Whig[1]
1847 general election John Hyacinth Talbot Repeal Association[2]
1852 general election Charles Gavan Duffy Ind. Irish[2]
1856 New Ross by-election Charles Tottenham (II) Conservative[2] Resigned
1863 New Ross by-election Charles George Tottenham Conservative[2]
1868 general election Patrick McMahon Liberal[2]
1874 general election John Dunbar Home Rule League[2] Died
1878 New Ross by-election Charles George Tottenham Conservative[2]
1880 general election Joseph Foley Home Rule League[2] Resigned
1881 New Ross by-election John Redmond Home Rule League[2] Last MP for the constituency
1885 Constituency abolished

Elections

Elections in the 1850s

General Election 1852: New Ross[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Irish Charles Gavan Duffy 82 72.6
Conservative Henry Lambert 31 27.4
Majority 51 45.1 N/A
Turnout 113 66.1
Registered electors 171
Independent Irish gain from Irish Repeal Swing

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

By-election, 18 March 1856: New Ross[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Charles Tottenham 87 56.9 +29.5
Whig Thomas Nicholas Redington[3] 66 43.1 −29.5
Majority 21 13.7 N/A
Turnout 153 80.1 +14.0
Registered electors 191
Conservative gain from Independent Irish Swing +29.5
General Election 1857: New Ross[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Charles Tottenham 90 55.9 +28.5
Conservative Samuel Robert Graves 71 44.1 N/A
Majority 19 11.8 N/A
Turnout 161 84.3 +18.2
Registered electors 191
Conservative gain from Independent Irish Swing N/A
General Election 1859: New Ross[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Charles Tottenham 86 52.8 −3.1
Liberal Joseph Neale McKenna 77 47.2 N/A
Majority 9 5.5 −6.3
Turnout 163 83.6 −0.7
Registered electors 195
Conservative hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1860s

Tottenham resigned, causing a by-election.

By-election, 8 June 1863: New Ross[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Charles George Tottenham 81 50.6 −2.2
Liberal Joseph Neale McKenna 79 49.4 +2.2
Majority 2 1.3 −4.2
Turnout 160 83.8 +0.2
Registered electors 191
Conservative hold Swing −2.2
General Election 1865: New Ross[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Charles George Tottenham Unopposed
Registered electors 191
Conservative hold
General Election 1868: New Ross[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Patrick McMahon Unopposed
Registered electors 259
Liberal gain from Conservative

Elections in the 1870s

General Election 1874: New Ross[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Home Rule John Dunbar 122 60.1 N/A
Conservative Charles George Tottenham 81 39.9 N/A
Majority 41 20.2 N/A
Turnout 203 85.3 N/A
Registered electors 238
Home Rule gain from Liberal Swing N/A

Dunbar's death caused a by-election.

By-election, 17 Dec 1878: New Ross[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Charles George Tottenham 95 51.4 +11.5
Home Rule George Delany 90 48.6 −11.5
Majority 5 2.7 N/A
Turnout 185 84.5 −0.8
Registered electors 219
Conservative gain from Home Rule Swing +11.5

Elections in the 1880s

General Election 1880: New Ross[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Home Rule Joseph Foley 165 68.2 +8.1
Conservative Charles George Tottenham 77 31.8 −8.1
Majority 88 36.4 +16.2
Turnout 242 90.6 +5.3
Registered electors 267
Home Rule hold Swing +8.1

Foley resigned, causing a by-election.

By-election, 31 Jan 1881: New Ross[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Home Rule John Redmond Unopposed
Registered electors 261
Home Rule hold

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Smith, Henry Stooks (1842). The Register of Parliamentary Contested Elections (Second ed.). Simpkin, Marshall & Company. p. 239. Retrieved 6 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 Walker, B.M., ed. (1978). Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801-1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0901714127.
  3. ^ "New Ross Election". Tipperary Free Press. 7 March 1856. p. 3. Retrieved 6 October 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
  • The Parliaments of England by Henry Stooks Smith (1st edition published in three volumes 1844–50), 2nd edition edited (in one volume) by F.W.S. Craig (Political Reference Publications 1973)
  • Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801–1922, edited by B.M. Walker (Royal Irish Academy 1978)
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "N" (part 2)
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