Edward King-Harman

Edward Robert King-Harman (3 April 1838 – 10 June 1888) was an Irish landlord and politician. He sat in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom between 1877 and 1888 as an Irish nationalist, and later Unionist, Member of Parliament.

Edward King-Harman

“The King”
King-Harman as caricatured by Spy (Sir Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, January 1886
Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Ireland
In office
1887–1887
Member of Parliament for Isle of Thanet
In office
1885–1888
Preceded by Constituency created
Succeeded by James Lowther
Member of Parliament for Dublin County
In office
1883–1885

Serving with Ion Trant Hamilton
Preceded by Ion Trant Hamilton
Thomas Edward Taylor
Succeeded by Constituency divided
Member of Parliament for Sligo County
In office
1877–1880

Preceded by Sir Robert Gore-Booth, Bt
Denis Maurice O’Conor
Succeeded by Denis Maurice O’Conor
Thomas Sexton
Personal details
Born 3 April 1838
Ireland
Died 10 June 1888 (aged 50)
Rockingham House, Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland
Nationality Anglo-Irish
Political party Irish Conservative Party
Other political
affiliations
Home Rule League
Spouse(s) Anne Worsley
Parent(s) Lawrence Harman King-Harman
Cecilia Johnstone
Alma mater Eton College
Military service
Allegiance  United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Branch/service British Army
Rank Colonel
Unit 60th Rifles
Longford Militia
Connaught Rangers

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King-Harman was the son of Lawrence Harman King-Harman and his wife Cecilia Johnstone of Stirling. His father was the younger son of Robert King, 1st Viscount Lorton and inherited from him the estates of Rockingham, County Roscommon, and Newcastle, Ballymahon, County Longford. King-Harman was educated at Eton and became a lieutenant in the 60th Rifles and captain in the Longford Militia. He inherited Rockingham which was a fine house built by John Nash, but altered in a less than sympathetic way in the late 19th century in order to provide more accommodation. He was J.P. for the counties of Sligo, Longford and Westmeath and Honorary Colonel of the 5th Battalion, Connaught Rangers.[1] He published in the Freeman’s Journal and was a member of the Arts Club from 1863 until his death.

King-Harman stood unsuccessfully as Isaac Butt‘s Nationalist Home Rule candidate in the May 1870 rerun of the December 1869 Longford by-election after the result of the first vote was overturned. In January 1877, he was elected Member of Parliament for Sligo County but lost the seat at the 1880 general election. He then became Lord Lieutenant and Custos Rotulorum of Roscommon in 1878. In 1883 he was elected MP for Dublin County, until the seat was divided under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885. He was initially a Nationalist Home Ruler but subsequently became a Unionist. As result of Gladstone’s Representation of the People Act 1884 which would extend the Irish franchise, some Orangemen were threatening violence and T. P. O’Connor complained in parliament of several politicians using inflammatory language. O’Connor quoted as an example King-Harman’s advice to “Keep the cartridge in the rifle.”[2]

In 1885 King-Harman was elected as a Unionist (Conservative) MP for the English seat of Isle of Thanet. In 1887 he was a parliamentary Under-Secretary for Ireland.[3] He held the seat until his death from heart disease at Rockingham in Boyle, Ireland at the age of 49 in 1888.

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