BYRNE, Michael (?1744-72), of Cabinteely, co. Dublin

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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17 Jan. 1770 - 4 Nov. 1772

Family and Education

b. ?1744, 1st s. of George Byrne of Cabinteely by Clare, da. of Capt. Michael Nugent of Carlanstown, co. Westmeath, sis. of Robert, 1st Earl Nugent. educ. Eton 1759-61; Queen’s, Oxf. 13 Oct. 1761, aged 17; M. Temple 1764. unm. suc. fa. 1763.

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Byrne was returned at the by-election of 1770 on the interest of his uncle Robert Nugent. His only known vote was with Administration on the motion to commit Brass Crosby to the Tower, 27 Mar. 1771, though he is marked by Robinson as ‘pro, present’ in both his surveys on the royal marriage bill, March 1772. His one recorded speech was on 6 Feb. 1772 on the petition from some of the clergy for relief from the 39 Articles, which he opposed because ‘some rule of conduct is essential to the preserving of every society, great or small, civil or religious’.1

Byrne died 4 Nov. 1772.2

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond


  • 1. Cavendish’s ‘Debates’, Egerton 232, ff. 130-2.
  • 2. Gent. Mag. 1772, p. 543; Burke L.G. gives 7 Nov.