Gowran (Parliament of Ireland constituency)

Gowran was a constituency represented in the Irish House of Commons until 1800.

Former Borough constituency
for the Irish House of Commons
Former constituency
Created1609 (1609)
Replaced byDisenfranchised


In the Patriot Parliament of 1689 summoned by King James II, Gowran was represented with two members.[1]

Members of Parliament, 1609–1801

  • 1613–1615 John Swayne and Thomas Stanton [2]
  • 1634–1635 John Hackett and James Kealy [2]
  • 1639–1649 Sir Patrick Wemyss and Peter Butler (Butler resigned and replaced 1641 by Piers Crosbie)[2]
  • 1661–1666 William Warden of Burnchurch and John Powell [3]


ElectionFirst memberFirst partySecond memberSecond party
1689 Patriot Parliament Richard Butler Walter Kelly
1689 Robert Fielding
1692 Sir Charles Meredyth George Warburton
1695 Edward May Joseph Stepney
1703 Patrick Wemyss Robert Maude [note 1]
November 1713 Sir Richard Levinge, 1st Bt [note 2] James Agar [note 3]
1713 Patrick Wemyss
November 1715 John Pepper
1715 David Chaigneau
1725 William Martin
1727 Henry Agar
1747 James Agar
1753 James Agar
1761 George Dunbar William Henry Burton
1768 Hon. John Ponsonby [note 4] James Agar [note 5]
1769 Arthur Browne Henry Prittie
1776 James Agar John Butler
1777 Sir Boyle Roche, 1st Bt
October 1783 Hon. Henry Welbore Agar [note 6] George Dunbar
1783 George Burdett
1790 Patrick Welch
1798 George Bunbury George Burdett
1800 Henry Verney Lovett Darby
1801 Constituency disenfranchised


  1. Created a baronet in 1705
  2. Also elected for Kilkenny City in 1713, for which he chose to sit
  3. Also elected for Callan in 1715, for which he chose to sit
  4. Also elected for Kilkenny County in 1768, for which he chose to sit
  5. Also elected for Kilkenny County in 1768, for which he chose to sit
  6. Also elected for Kilkenny County in 1783, for which he chose to sit


  1. O'Hart (2007), p. 502
  2. http://www.tara.tcd.ie/handle/2262/77206
  3. Parliamentary Papers, Volume 62, Part 2. p. 621.


  • O'Hart, John (2007). The Irish and Anglo-Irish Landed Gentry: When Cromwell came to Ireland. vol. II. Heritage Books. ISBN 0-7884-1927-7.
  • 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.

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