West Cork History

1841 Cork election, West Carbery, Contested Box, Names Addresses of electors

1841 Election West Carbery Contested Box

Pages 204 on. Voters had to have a property valuation which is indicated ranging from £10 to £50 freeholder and often their addresses does not coincide. To qualify for a vote there had to be an earlier application to the Quarter Session barrister with a qualifying property. Tht often enable to link people to particular localities.

The petition was instigated by the unsuccessful candidates Protestant Conservatives Longfield and Leader. The Liberal/Catholic candidates O’Connell and Roche won.

The elections were highly contested every vote scrutinised adn any legal defect disallowed the vote. It was also the era of open voting.

Unusually those such as the O’Sullivan of Beara and Cotters of Kealkil who you would have expected to vote for O’Connell did not do so reflecting their close connection with Lord Bantry.


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