William Sharman Crawford

William Sharman Crawford (1781–1861) was an Irish politician with liberal and radical views; he supported Catholic Emancipation and the rights of tenants. He was also a member of the landed gentry.[1] He was a Member of the British parliament for Dundalk in 1835–1837 and for Rochdale in 1841–1852. He was High Sheriff of Down for 1811.

In 1848 with James MacKnight, editor of the liberal Londonderry Standard, Crawford formed the Tenant Right Association supported by a group of radical Presbyterian ministers.[2] He also supported MaKnight in forming, with Charles Gavan Duffy, editor of the Young Ireland paper The Nation, the all-Ireland Tenant Right League.[3]

He was the father of James Sharman Crawford, one of the Members of the British parliament for Down, 1874-1878, Arthur Sharman Crawford, unsuccessful candidate for Down in 1884 and John Sharman Crawford, unsuccessful candidate for Down in 1880 [4] His daughter was Mabel Sharman Crawford, adventurer, feminist and writer.[5] He died at Crawfordsburn.

  1. Burke's Landed Gentry, 5th edition (1871) Volume II, P 1251
  2. "MacKnight (McKnight), James | Dictionary of Irish Biography". www.dib.ie. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  3. Lyons, Dr Jane (1 March 2013). "Sir Charles Gavan Duffy, My Life in Two Hemispheres, Vol. II". From-Ireland.net. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  4. Brian Walker, 'Landowners and Parliamentary Elections in County Down, 1801-1921' PP 309-13 in Lindsay Proudfoot, 'Down - History and Society', Geography Publications, 1997
  5. "At the Circulating Library Author Information: Mabel Sharman Crawford". Victoria Research Web. 9 July 2019. Retrieved 20 September 2019.