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MAY, Sir Edward, d. 23.7.1814
 
 

McCANCE, J A Reformer
 
 

MAY, Sir Stephen. B. 1781; MP Belfast 1812-18; knighted by early Whitworth at Dublin 1816; claimed to be a baronet of Ireland. D. Belfast 1851.
 
 

CHICHESTER, Lord Arthur. 23 Arlington Street, London. Ormeau, Co Down. 3rd S. of the Marq of Donegal. Capt in the 87th Foot. And a native of Belfast. B. 1808 of Whig principles in favour of the abolition of all monopolies. Sat for Belfast from 1832. Retired in 1835. Died 25 Jan 1840.
 
 

MICHEL, Lt Gen John.
 
 

DUNBAR, George. 5 St James's Square, London. Belfast. Landmore, Co Londonderry. Carlton and Junior University. Only S. of Alex. Orr, Esq., of Landmore. In 1833 assumed the name of Dunbar. A barrister. A Conservative totally unpledged. First elected for Belfast towards the close of 1835, on the death of Mr McCance the former member; defeated at the general election in 1873, but seated on petition in March 1838. Retired in 1841. Died 17 Aug 1875.
 
 

BELFAST, Earl of 23 Arlington Street, Cowes, Isle of Wight. Eld. S. of the Marq. Of Donegal. B. 1797, m. Harriet, sister of the Earl of Glengall; Vice Chamberlain of the Household to which office he was appointed by the Duke of Wellington. A moderate reformer, inclining to Conservatism, but voted for the Reform Bill; adverse to the Repeal of the Union. Sat for Belfast in the Parliaments of 1820 and 1826 and first for Co. Antrim in 1830. Sat for Co. Antrim until the general election July/Aug 1837 when he was elected for Belfast. Unseated on petition in 1838. Lord Lieut of Co Antrim Apr 1841 until his death. Created Peer of the United Kingdom Aug 1841 succeeded father as 3rd Marq of Donegall 5 Oct 1844. Died 20 Oct 1883.
 
 

JOHNSON, William Gillilan. Fertfield,. Co Antrim. Youngest S. of William Johnson, Esq., of Fertfield. B. 1808. A Barrister; a Magistrate for Antrim and Down. A Conservative. First returned for Belfast in 1841 but in August 1842 the election was declared void. Major of Belfast 1849 and Knighted by the Queen on her visit to Belfast 12 August 1849. Died 9 Apr 1886 (1841 end ed).
 
 

ROSS, David Robert, 15 Great Ryder Street, London. Rosstrevor, Co Down. Reform S. of Rev Thomas Ross. B. 1797; m. 1819, d. of Bishop Knox (of Limerick) and Grandad of the 1st Earl of Ranfurly. Formerly in the Dragoons. A Dept-Lieut for the Co. of Down of which he was Sheriff in 1837. Held Liberal opinions and in favour of free trade. Candidate at Belfast on the Liberal interest in 1841; returned there in 1842, after voidance of the 1841 election and Sat until he retired in 1847. Contested Mallow Aug 1847. Lieut-Gov of Tobago Feb 1851 until his death 27 July 1851.
 
 

TENNENT, Sir James Emerson, LL.D Tempo Castle, Co Fermanagh. S. of William Emerson Esq., a Merchant in Belfast by the youngest d. of William Arbuthnot Esq., of Rockville, Co Down. B at Belfast 1804. M 1831, Letitia, only d and heir of William Tennent of Tempo House, Co Fermanagh on whose death in 1832 he assumed the name of Tennent and succeeded to estates in Sligo and Fermanagh. Educ. at Trinity College, Dublin. Called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn 1831, but never practised. Was Sec to the India Board, Sept 1841-July 1845 and Civil Sec to the Colonial Government of Cylon from July 1845-Dec 1850. Sec. To the Poor Law Board. Author of Travels in Greece. A History of Modern Office. Letters from the Aepart etc. Dept Lieut in the Countries of Fermanagh and Sligo and a Magistrate for Antrim and Down. A Conservative but in favour of free trade; thought some of the burdens of agriculture should be relieved and tenants be legally entitled to security for Improvements. Sat for Belfast from 1832 until the general election 1837 when he lost his seat but was subsequently seated on petition; re-elected in 1847 but unseated on petition; re-elected 1842 and held his seat until 1845. First returned for Lisburn Jan 1852 without opposition. Accepted Chiltern Hundreds Dec 1852. Sec. To the Board of Trade 1852-67. Died 6 Mar 1869.
 
 

CHICHESTER, Lord John Ludford, 8 St George' Place, Hyde Park Corner, London. S. of 2nd Marq. Of Donegal. B.1811; m. 1844, Caroline Mary, d. of Henry Bevan, Esq. Appointed Capt 87th Foot in 1843 but retired from the army in 1844. A Conservative, voted in favour of free trade 1846. Voted for the repeal of the grant to Maynooth Coll. First returned for Belfast Aug 1845 without opposition. Sat until he retired in 1852. Died 22 Apr 1873.
 
 

TENNENT, Robert James. Hercules Place, Belfast. Reform. Only S. of Dr Tennent of Belfast and cousin to Lady Emerson-Tennent, whose husband (Sir James Emerson-Tennent, formerly MP for Belfast) assumed that lady's name after his m. B. at Belfast 1803; m 1830. Eliza. D. of John McCracken Esq., of Belfast, she died 1850. Was entered at Trinity Col. Dublin but did not remain to graduate having proceeded to Greece in 1824 as a volunteer during the war of independence, was called to the bar in Ireland in 1833 also a member of the English bar but never practised. A Magistrate for the counties of Down and Antrim and a Dept-Lieut for the latter. A Liberal. Unsuccessfully contested Belfast in 1832, and again in 1835. First elected there in 1827 and Sat until in 1852. Died 25 May 1880.
 
 

DAVISON, Richard. 66 Warwick Square, Belgrave Road, London. Donegall Place, Belfast. The Abbey, White Abbey, Belfast Carlton. S. of Alexander Davison Esq., of Knockboy; Co Antrim by Mary, d. of - McKillop, Esq of Glenarm, Co Antrim. B. at Knockboy 1796. M. 1822 Margaret youngest d. of George Casement, Esq M.D. of Larne, Co Antrim and sister of SirWilliam Casement. K.C.B. of Calcutta. Admitted a Solicitor in Jan 1818 and practised in Belfast, being a senior partner in the firm of Davison and Torrens. Solicitor to several Railways and public companies. A Conservative, would ever support the interest of the Established Churches in the United Kingdom; against the Maynooth grant and in favour of compensation to tenants for improvements but against general tenant right where no improvements have been made. First returned for Belfast in July 1852 and Sat until he accepted Chiltern Hundred 1860.
 
 

JOHNSTON, William. Ballykilbeg, Co Down. Eld. S. of John Brett Johnston, Esq., of Ballykilbeg, Co Down by Thomasina Anne Brunette, d. of Thomas Scott, Esq., Surgeon. Royal Horse Guards. B. at Downpatrick 1829; m. 1st 1858. Harriet. D. of Robert Allen, Esq; 2ndly 1861 Arminella Frances, d. of the Rev. Thomas Drew, D.D. and 3rdly 1863, Georgiana Barbara, d. of Sir John Hay, Bart., of Park. Educ. at Trinity College, Dublin where he took the M.A. degree. Was called to the Irish bar in 1872. Author of several works of fiction viz Nightshade, Under which King etc. A Protestant Conservative. Sat for Belfast from 1868 until 1878 when he was appointed Inspector of Irish Fisheries and for Belfast S. from 1885 until his death 17 July 1902.
 
 

McCLURE, Sir Thomas, Bart, Belmont, Belfast. Ireland. Reform. Devonshire and National Liberal. S. of William McClure Esq., of Belfast, by Elizabeth d. of Rev John Thomson, Presbyterian Minister. B. at Belfast 1806; m. 1877, Ellison Thorburn, d. of Robert Andrew Macfie, Esq., of Dreghorn, Edinburgh. Educ. at the Belfast Royal Academical Institution. Was for many years a Merchant in Belfast. Was High Sheriff in 1864 of the Co of Down of which he was later Vice-Lieut. A Magistrate for the Cos. Of Down, Antrim and Armagh. A Liberal, Sat for Belfast from Dec 1868 to Feb 1874 when he was an unsuccessful candidate; Sat for Londonderry, Co from Dec 1878 until her retired in 1885. Died 21 Jan 1893.
 
 

CAIRNS, Sir Hugh Mac-Calmont, 79 Eaton Place, London, 5 New Square, Lincoln's Inn, London Carlton 2nd s. of William Cairns, Esq of Cultra Co Down. B1819; m 1856, Mary Harriet, d. of John McNeile, Esq; of Parkmount, Co Antrim. Educ. at Trinity College, Dublin where he was first class in classics and obtained other honours, received the honorary degree of D.C.L. at Oxford 1863. Called to the bar at the Middle Temple Jan 1844; made a Queen's Counsel and Bencher of Lincoln's Inn 1856. Was solicitor Gen. From Mar 1858 - June 1859. A Conservative in favour of a strict and undeviating neutrahty as to foreign politics; voted however against Lord Palmerston's policy on the Danish question 1864; would not reduce the franchise in boroughs so low as £5. First returned for Belfast in July 1852. Attorney-Gen 10 July - 29 Oct 1866. Sat until he accepted Chiltern Hundreds on appointment as Lord Justice of Appeal Oct 1866 - Feb 1868. Created Baron Cairns of Garmoyle, Antrim 26 Feb 1867. Visct Garmoyle and Earl Garmoyle and Earl Cairns (UK Peerage) 27 Sept 1878. Lord Chancellor 1868 and 1874-80. Died Bournemouth 2April 1883.
 
 

Corry, Sir James Porter, Bar 10 Gledhow Gardens, London. Dunraven, Belfast. Carlton. S. of Robert Corry Esq., Merchant by Jane, youngest d. of James Porter, Esq; of Ballyrussell, Co Down. B. at Newtownards, Co Down 1826; m. 1849. Margaret, youngest d. of William Service Esq., Merchant of Glasgow and was left a widower in 1869. A Ship-owner and Merchant at Belfast. A Magistrate for Co Antrim and Belfast and was created a Bart. In 1885. A Conservative. Sat for Belfast from Feb 1874 to Nov 1885. At the general election of 1885 he unsuccessfully contested Belfast E, but on 1 Feb 1886 on the death of Prof J McKane he was elected for mid Armagh and Sat until his death 28 Nov1891.
 
 

GETTY, Samuel Gibson 15 Onslow Square, London. Ulster Club Belfast. A conservative and voted against Lord Palmerston on the vote of censure 1864. First elected for Belfast June 1860. Sat until he retired in 1868. Died 15 Dec 1877.
 
 

EWART, Sir William, Bart. Glenmachan House, Strandtown, Belfast. Sackville Street, Dublin. Carlton S. of Alderman William Ewart of Glenbank, Co Antrim. B. at Belfast 1871; m. 1840 Isabella d. of the late avers Mathewson Esq, of Newtown Stewart, Co Tyrone. Educ. at Belfast Academy. A Merchant and Linen Manufacturer at Belfast. Was Mayor of Belfast in 1859 and 1860 and was one of the deputies from Belfast for the arrangement of a treaty of commerce with France in 1864. JP for the counties of Antrim and Down and for the borough of Belfast. Baronetry conferred in 1887. A conservative. Sat in Belfast from Mar 1878 and for Belfast N from 1888 until his death in 1889.
 
 

LANYON, Sir Charles. Wellington Place, Belfast. The Abbey, Whiteabbey, Co Antrim. S. of John Jenkinson Lanyon Esq; by his marriage with Miss Catherine Anne Mortimer of Eastbourne, Sussex. B. at Eastbourne 1813; m. 1837 Elizabeth Helen d. of J Owen Esq; of the Board of Works, Dublin. Educ. at a private school at Streatham, Surrey. Was a Civil Engineer and Architect in Ireland from 1832. Was President of the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland. Was Mayor of Belfast in 1862. A Conservative and a supporter of Lord Derby. First elected for Belfast Nov 1866. Defeated in same seat at 1868 gen election. Sheriff of Co Antrim 1876. Died near Belfast 31 May 1889.
 
 

SHARMAN-CRAWFORD, Col Rt Hon, Robert Gordon C.B.E Crawfordsburn Co Down. Carlton, Royal Thames Yacht and Constitutional. S. of Arthur and Louisa Sharman-Crawford. B. at Dublin 8 Sept 1853; m. 1882, Annie Helen, d of Ernest Arbouirn, Esq; of Cuckfield. Educ. at Elstree Hill; MA Dublin University. Joined 15th Hussars 1876; Col Privy Councillor (Ireland) 1919; Senator Northern Parliament of Ireland 1921-34; C.B.E. 1919. A Conservative. Sat for E Belfast from April 1914 until he retired in 1918. Returned unopposed for mid Down in July 1921 and Sat until he retired in October 1922. Member of Down County Council. Died in New York 20 March 1934.
 
 

De COBAIN, Edward Samuel Wesley - Hampton House, Ormond Road, Belfast. Ulster Constitutional. S. of the Rev Edward de Cobain. Wesleyan Minister by Harriett Ann Smyth of Smythborough. Co Monaghan. B. 1840. Educ. at the Belfast Mercantile Academy. Mr De Cobain held office under the Belfast Harbour Commission and as Borough Cashier (Treasurer) to the Belfast Corporation. He was also for five years Grant Master of the Orange Institution of Belfast and later Dept-Grand Master for Ireland. A Conservative "with strong democratic sympathies". Sat for Belfast E from Nov 1885 until expelled from the House of Commons on 26 Feb 1892 for what the 1892 Journal of the House of Commons described as "having been charged with having committed ….gross and criminal acts of indecency ….. and having fled from justice and failed to obey an order of this house ….". Died 23 Sep 1908.
 
 

DONALD, Thompson. 129 Leighton Road, London. A Shipwright who was employed by a Belfast firm. Honorary Secretary of the Ulster Unionist Labour Association; member of the Unionist Labour deputation which visited London to urge the case against Home Rule. A Unionist Labour Member. Elected for the Victoria division of Belfast in December 1918 and Sat until he retired in October 1922. Member of Northern Ireland Parliament for Belfast E 1921 - 25.
 
 

WOLFF, Gustav Wilhelm. 42 Park Street, London. The Den. Strandtown, Belfast. Carlton. Junior Carlton and Garrick. S. of F M Wolff Esq; a General Merchant and Fanny Schwabe his wife. B. at Hamburg 1834. Educ. at private schools, Hamburg and the Collegiate Schools, Liverpool. Was an iron Shipbuilder and Engineer and a member of the Belfast firm of Harland and Wolff. Chairman of the Belfast Rope Works Company and Director of the Union Castle Steamship Company. A conservative. First elected for Belfast E on the expulsion of Mr De Cobain. Mar. 1892 and Sat until he retired in Dec 1910. Died 17 April 1918.
 
 

McMORDIE, Robert James. Cabin Hill, Knock, Belfast. Carlton and Constitutional. S. of the Rev J A McMordie, Pres Minister of Seaforde, Co Down. B. 31 Jan 1849 at Cumran, Co Down; m. 1885, Julia d. of Sir William Gray of West Hartlepool. Educ. at Royal Academical Institution, Belfast and Queen's College, Belfast; MA Queen's University. Was admitted a Solicitor 1874 and retired from practise in 1899. A member of Belfast Corporation from 1907. Lord Mayor 1910-14. President of Irish Industrial Development Association, Belfast. A Unionist. Elected for E Belfast in Dec 1910 and Sat until his death 25 Mar 1914.
 
 

DIXON, Capt Rt Hon Herbert OBE Ballyalloy, Nr Comber, Co Down, Draycot, Cerne, Chippenham, Wiltshire. Carlton, Constitutional and Cavalry. S. of the Rt Hon Sir Daniel Dixon, 1st Bart. B. 23 January 1880; m. 25 November 1905, Hon. Ina Bingham, d. of John, 5th Baron Clanmorris. Educ. At Rugby, and Sandhurst. Capt Reserve of Officers 6th Inniskilling Dragoons. Served in South African War with the Inniskillings and in Remounts 1914-18; mentioned in despatches, and OBE 1919. PC (N. Ireland) 1923. Chief Unionist whip and Parliamentary (Patronage) Secretary to the Ministry of Finance of Northern Ireland 1921-42. A Conservative Sat for the Pottinger division of Belfast from December 1918 to November 1922 and for E. Belfast from November 1922 until 1939 when he was created Baron Glentoran. In the Northern Ireland Parliament Sat for E. Belfast from 1921 to 1929 and for the Bloomfield division of Belfast from 1929 to 1950. Northern Ireland Minister of Agriculture 1941-43. High Sheriff of Co Kildare 1916 succeeded his bro. as Bart. 10 May 1950. Died 20 July 1950.
 
 

McKIBBIN, Alan John OBE 26 Chiltern Court, Baker Street, London. 22 Corporation Street, Belfast. S. of John McKibbin, Esq., of Belfast. B. 2 Feb 1892; m. 1922, Kathleen Laura, d. of Alexander Brennan, Esq., of Ballycarry. Educ. At Campbell College, Belfast. Served in Army 1914-18. J.P. and Dept - Lieut. for Belfast from 1955. Managing Director of John McKibbin and Sons Limited. Chairman of Northern Ireland Army Cadet Force Association. OBE 1949. A Unionist and Conservative member. Elected for E. Belfast in Feb 1950 and Sat until his death on 2 Died 1958
 
 

McMASTER, Stanley Raymond. House of Commons, London. S. of F.R. McMaster, Esq. B. 23 Sept 1926; m. 1959, Verda Ruth Tynan. Educ. at Campbell College, Belfast and Trinity College, Dublin (MA Economics and Political Science) B. Comm. Barrister-at-Law, called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn May 1953. Member Council of Belfast Chamber of Commerce and Association of British Chambers of Commerce from 1959. An Ulster Unionist Member. Elected for E. Belfast at a by-election in March 1959 and Sat until Feb 1974 when he was defeated. Unsuccessfully contested S. Belfast in Oct 1974. Lecturer in Company Law, Regent Street Polytechnic 1954-59.
 
 

HARLAND, Henry Peirson. Otterspool, Aldenham, Watford. Union. S. of the Rev A Harland, Vicar of Harefield. B. 1876; m. 1917, Helen Reilly, d. of John Barbour, Esq., and widow of Thomas Andrews, Esq. Educ at Rugby School. Director of Harland and Wolff Ltd, Shipbuilders and Engineers, of Short and Harland Limited, and of the Ocean Transport Company Limited; Chairman of Heaton Tabb and Company Limited. On Staff of Chinese Engineering Company, Tirentsin; on Staff of Lord Perrie as Controller of Merchant Shipping 1914-18. M.Inst. C.E. M.I.M.E., M.I.N.A,; member of the Court of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, of Gen. Committee of Lloyds Register and of Consultative Committee of Shipbuilders and Engineers conferring with Marine Dept of Board of Trade. President and Chairman of Aldenham Conservative Association and Vice-Chairman of Watford Conservative Association. A Unionist. Returned Unopposed for Belfast E. in Feb 1940 and Sat until he retired in June 1945. Died 11 Aug 1945.
 
 

CRAIG, Rt, Hon. William. House of Commons, London. S. of John Craig, Esq. B 1924; m. 1960, Doris Hilgendorff. Educ. at Larne Grammar School and Queen's University, Belfast. Served in RAF 1943-46. A Solicitor 1952. Member of N. Ireland Parliament for Larne 1960-72. Chief Whip in Government N. Ireland 1962-63. Minister of Home Affairs 1963-64 and 1966-68, Minister of Health and Local Government 1964-65, Minister of Development 1965-66. PC (N. Ireland) 1963. Member of N. Ireland Assembly for N. Antrim 1973-75 and of Constitutional Convention for Belfast E. 1975-76. Founder of Ulster Vanguard 1972, Leader of Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party 1973-77. Vice-Chairman of UUUC Group 1974. Rejoined the Official Unionists 1977. An Ulster Unionist Member. Sat for Belfast E. from Feb 1974 until 1979 when he was defeated.
 
 

COLE, Thomas Loftus. Elmfield House, Whiwell, Belfast. B. 1877. Educ at Sullivan Upper School, Holywood. A Pharmaceutical Chemist and Estate Agent. Member of Lurgan Urban District Council 1911-17. Councillor of Belfast Corporation 1931-43, Dept. Lord Mayor 1937-39, Alderman 1943-61. An Ulster Unionist Member. Elected for Belfast E. in July 1945 and Sat until he retired in 1950. Member of N. Ireland Parliament for Belfast Dock 1949-53. CBE 1958. Died 7 Mar 1961.
 
 
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