Aberdeen (UK Parliament constituency)

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For the 1708–1832 constituency, see Aberdeen Burghs (UK Parliament constituency).
Former Burgh constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland Aberdeenshire
Major settlements Aberdeen
Number of members One
Replaced by Aberdeen North
Aberdeen South
Created from Aberdeen Burghs

Aberdeen was a burgh constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1832 until 1885. It was represented by one Member of Parliament (MP), elected by the first past the post voting system.


1832 to 1868[edit]

As created in 1832, the constituency covered the burgh of Aberdeen, which was previously within the Aberdeen Burghs constituency. Together with Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen was one of two constituencies covering the county of Aberdeen.

The boundaries of the constituency, as set out in the 1832 Act, were-

"From the Point, on the North-west of the Town, at which the Scatter Burn joins the River Don, down the River Don to the Point at which the same joins the Sea; thence along the Sea Shore to the Point at which the River Dee joins the Sea; thence up the River Dee to a Point which is distant One hundred Yards (measured along the River Dee) above the Bridge of Dee; thence in a straight Line to the Point at which the March between the Parishes of Old Machar and Banchory Davenick crosses the Old-Dee-side Road; thence, Northward, along the March between the Parishes of Old Machar and Banchory Davenick, and Old Machar and Newhills, to the Point first described."[1]

1868 to 1885[edit]

In 1868 the Aberdeenshire constituency was divided to create East Aberdeenshire and West Aberdeenshire.

In 1885, the Aberdeen constituency was divided between Aberdeen North and Aberdeen South.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1832 Alexander Bannerman Whig 1
1847 Alexander Fordyce Liberal 1
1852 George Thompson Liberal 1
1857 William Henry Sykes Liberal 1
1872 by-election John Farley Leith Liberal
1880 John Webster Liberal
1885 Redistribution of Seats Act: constituency abolished


  • 1 F. W. S. Craig, in his compilations of election results for Great Britain, classified Whig, Radical and similar candidates as Liberals from 1832. The name Liberal was gradually adopted as a description for the Whigs and politicians allied with them, before the formal creation of the Liberal Party shortly after the 1859 general election.

Election results[edit]

General election 1880: Aberdeen [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Webster 7,505
Conservative J.L. Shaw 3,139
General election 1868: Aberdeen [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Col William Henry Sykes unopposed


  1. ^ Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1832, Schedule (M).
  2. ^ The Times, 29 April 1880
  3. ^ Debrett's House of Commons, 1870