Argyllshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Argyllshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland Argyllshire
17081983
Number of members One
Replaced by Argyll and Bute and Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber

Argyllshire was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of Great Britain from 1708 to 1800 and of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1801 until 1950, when it was renamed Argyll. The constituency was replaced in 1983 with Argyll and Bute.

It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) using the first-past-the-post voting system.

Local government areas[edit]

Until Scottish counties were abolished, for most purposes, in 1975, the constituency represented the county of Argyll, except that constituency boundaries may not have coincided at all times with county boundaries, and any parliamentary burgh within the county would have been outside the constituency.

In 1975 most of the county plus the Isle of Bute became the Argyll district of the Strathclyde region. A northern area of the county became part of the Highland region. Until 1975 the Isle of Bute had been part of the county of Bute.

In 1996, 13 years after the abolition of the Argyll constituency and creation of the Argyll and Bute constituency, the Argyll district, plus a portion of the Dumbarton district of Strathclyde, became the Argyll and Bute unitary council area.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Argyllshire[edit]

Election Member [1] Party
1708 Sir James Campbell, 2nd Baronet
1736 by-election Charles Campbell
1742 by-election James Stuart-Mackenzie
1747 Sir Duncan Campbell
1754 Dugald Campbell
1764 by-election Lord William Campbell
1766 by-election Robert Campbell
1772 by-election Adam Livingston
1780 Lord Frederick Campbell
1799 by-election Lord John Campbell, later Duke of Argyll Whig
1822 by-election Walter Frederick Campbell Whig
1832 James Henry Callander
1835 Walter Frederick Campbell Whig
1841 Alexander Cameron Campbell
1843 by-election Duncan McNeill Tory
1851 by-election Sir Archibald Islay Campbell, 3rd Baronet
1857 Alexander Struthers Finlay
1868 John Campbell, Marquess of Lorne, later Duke of Argyll Liberal
1878 by-election Lord Colin Campbell Liberal
1885 Donald Horne Macfarlane Crofters' Party
1886 John Wingfield Malcolm, later Baron Malcolm Unionist
1892 Sir Donald Horne Macfarlane Liberal
1895 Donald Ninian Nicol Unionist Party
1903 by-election John Stirling Ainsworth Liberal
1918 Sir William Sutherland Coalition Liberal
1922 National Liberal
1918 Liberal
1924 Frederick Alexander Macquisten Unionist
1940 by-election Sir Duncan McCallum Unionist
1950 constituency renamed

Argyll[edit]

Election Member [1] Party
1950 Sir Duncan McCallum Unionist
1958 Michael Noble Unionist
Feb 1974 Iain Maccormick Scottish National Party
1979 John Mackay Conservative
1983 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election Oct 1974: Argyll [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Iain MacCormick 14,967
Conservative John MacKay 11,036
Labour M.J.N. MacGregor 4,103
Majority 3,931
SNP hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Argyll [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Michael Antony Cristobal Noble 16,599
Labour D. Nisbet 7,356
Liberal Hon. Gerard Eyre Wriothesley Noel 4,469
Majority 9,243
Unionist hold Swing
By-election 1958: Argyll
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Michael Antony Cristobal Noble 12,541 49.79 -20.98
Liberal William D. McKean 7,375 24.52 N/A
Labour Robert M. Young 6,884 25.69 -6.54
Majority 5,166
Unionist hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Argyllshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Duncan McCallum 15,791 56.58
Labour A MacNeill Weir 8,889 31.85
Liberal John Bannerman 3,228 11.57
Majority 6,902 24.73
Turnout 63.94
Unionist hold Swing
By-election 1940: Argyllshire [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Maj Duncan McCallum 12,317
SNP William Power 7,308

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Argyllshire [5]

Electorate 43,716

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Frederick Alexander Macquisten 13,260 53.6 n/a
Liberal Basil Andrew Murray 11,486 46.4 n/a
Majority 1,774 7.2 n/a
Turnout 56.6 n/a
Unionist hold Swing n/a
General Election 1931: Argyllshire[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Frederick Alexander Macquisten unopposed n/a n/a
Unionist hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929

Electorate 40,198[7]

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Frederick Alexander Macquisten 11,108 44.1
Liberal Basil Andrew Murray 8,089 32.1
Labour James Laird Kinloch 6,001 23.8
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1924

Electorate [8] Electorate 31,878

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Frederick Alexander Macquisten 9,240 46.2 -1.1
Liberal Rt Hon. Sir William Sutherland 6,211 31.1 -21.6
Labour Dr I.H. MacIver 4,532 22.7 n/a
General Election 1923

Electorate [9] E,lectorate 32,134

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon. Sir William Sutherland 9,020 52.7
Unionist Frederick Alexander Macquisten 8,100 47.3
General Election 1922

Electorate [10]

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Liberal Sir William Sutherland 9,848
Liberal Henry Anderson Watt 6,897
William Sutherland
Argyll by-election, 1920:[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Coalition Liberal Sir William Sutherland 10,187 64.9
Labour Rev. Malcolm MacCallum 5,498 35.1
Majority 4,689 29.8
Coalition Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Argyllshire [12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Coalition Liberal Sir William Sutherland 11,970
Labour Lauchlin MacNeill Weir 2,733
General Election Dec 1910: Argyllshire [13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Stirling Ainsworth 4,280
Conservative George Aitken Clark Hutchison 4,023
General Election Jan 1910: Argyllshire [13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Stirling Ainsworth 4,443
Conservative George Aitken Clark Hutchison 3,617

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1906: Argyllshire[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Stirling Ainsworth 4,507 59.9
Conservative George Aitken Clark Hutchison 3,012 40.1
John Ainsworth
By-election Aug 1903: Argyllshire[15]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Stirling Ainsworth 4,326
Conservative C. Stewart 2,740
General Election 1900: Argyllshire[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Donald Ninian Nicol 3,834
Liberal John Stirling Ainsworth 3,234

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1895: Argyllshire[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Donald Ninian Nicol 3,970
Liberal Donald Horne Macfarlane 3,835
General Election 1892: Argyllshire[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Donald Horne Macfarlane 3,666
Conservative Col John Wingfield Malcolm 3,580

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1886: Argyllshire [18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Wingfield Malcolm 3,658
Liberal Donald Horne McFarlane 3,045
General Election 1885: Argyllshire[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Liberal Donald Horne McFarlane 3,336
Liberal William Mackinnon 2,852
Liberal John Stuart McCaig 665
General Election 1880: Argyllshire [19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Lord Colin Campbell 1,457
Conservative T.G. Malcolm 1,191

Elections in the 1860s[edit]

General Election 1868: Argyllshire [20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Marquess of Lorne unopposed

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 1977
  3. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 1963
  4. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1944
  5. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1939
  6. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1934
  7. ^ The Times, 3 June 1929
  8. ^ Oliver & Boyd's Edinburgh Almanac, 1927
  9. ^ The Times, 11 December 1923
  10. ^ The Times, 18 November 1922
  11. ^ F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949; Political Reference Publications, Glasgow, 1949 p614
  12. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1920
  13. ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1916
  14. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1907
  15. ^ The Times, 29 August 1903
  16. ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1901
  17. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1893
  18. ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1889
  19. ^ The Times,29 April 1880
  20. ^ Debrett's House of Commons, 1870