Ayr Burghs (UK Parliament constituency)

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Ayr Burghs
Former District of Burghs constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland Ayrshire, Argyllshire
17081950
Number of members One

Ayr Burghs was a district of burghs 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 to 1950. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP), using the first-past-the-post voting system.

The list of parliamentary burghs represented by the constituency changed in 1832 and again in 1918:

When the Ayr Burghs constituency was abolished in 1950, the Ayr and Prestwick burghs were merged into the county constituency of Ayr. Ardrossan and Saltcoats were merged into Bute and Northern Ayrshire and Irvine and Troon were merged into Central Ayrshire.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Election Member [1] Party
1708 James Campbell
1710 Charles Oliphant
1720 by-election Thomas Kennedy
1721 by-election Duncan Forbes
1722 William Steuart
1734 James Stuart
1741 The Earl of Granard
1747 Charles Erskine
1749 by-election Sir Henry Erskine
1754 James Stuart-Mackenzie
1761 Lord Frederick Campbell
1761 by-election Alexander Wedderburn
1768 James Archibald Stuart
1774 Sir George Macartney
1776 by-election Frederick Stuart
1780 Archibald Edmonstone
1790 Charles Stuart
1794 by-election John Campbell
1807 John Campbell
1809 by-election Duncan Campbell
1818 Thomas Francis Kennedy Whig
1834 by-election Lord Patrick James Herbert Crichton-Stuart
1852 Edward Henry John Craufurd Radical
1874 Sir William Montgomery-Cuninghame Conservative
1880 Richard Frederick Fotheringham Campbell Liberal
1888 by-election John Sinclair Liberal
1890 by-election James Somervell Conservative
1892 William Birkmyre Liberal
1895 Charles Lindsay Orr-Ewing Conservative
1904 by-election Joseph Dobbie Liberal
1906 Sir George Younger Conservative
1922 Sir John Baird Conservative
1925 Thomas Moore Conservative
1950 constituency abolished

Sir Thomas was elected, in 1950, as the first MP for the then new constituency of Ayr

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Ayr Burghs [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir Thomas Moore CBE 22,593 50.82
Labour William Ross 21,865 49.18

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Ayr Burghs [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir Thomas Moore CBE 25,893
Labour A.W. Brady 13,274
General Election 1931: Ayr Burghs[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Lt Col Thomas Moore CBE 28,256
Labour Mrs Clarice McNab Shaw 9,974

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Ayr Burghs[5]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Thomas Moore
Labour
Liberal
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
By-election June 1925: Ayr Burghs [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Thomas Moore 11,601
Labour P.J. Dollan 9,787
Liberal William Mather Rutherford Pringle 4,656
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1924: Ayr Burghs [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Rt Hon Sir John Baird 16,153
Labour J.M Airlie 9,787
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1923: Ayr Burghs [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Rt Hon Sir John Baird 10,206
Labour J.M. Airlie 7,732
Liberal William Henderson Pringle 6,467
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1922: Ayr Burghs[9]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Rt Hon Sir John Baird
Labour
Liberal
Majority
Turnout
Unionist hold Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Ayr Burghs [10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir George Younger, Bt 9,565
Liberal Major Murdoch McKenzie Wood 5,410
Labour Rev Campbell Stephen 4,534
General Election Dec 1910: Ayr Burghs [11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir George Younger, Bt 3,852
Liberal William Robertson 3,620
General Election Jan 1910: Ayr Burghs [12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir George Younger, Bt 3,647
Liberal William Robertson 3,594

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1906: Ayr Burghs [13]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist George Younger 3,766
Liberal Joseph Dobbie 3,505
Turnout
Majority 261 3.6
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing
1904 Ayr Burghs by-election[14]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Joseph Dobbie
Unionist
Turnout
Majority
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing
General Election 1900: Ayr Burghs [15]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Charles Lindsay Orr-Ewing 3,101 55.3
Liberal Edmond Charles Browne 2,511 44.7
Turnout
Majority 590 10.6
Unionist hold Swing

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1895: Ayr Burghs [16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Charles Lindsay Orr-Ewing 3,057
Liberal William Birkmyre 2,722
General Election 1892: Ayr Burghs [17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William Birkmyre 2,760
Unionist James Somervell 2,753

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

By-election 1888: Ayr Burghs [18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Sinclair 2,321
Liberal Unionist Hon. Evelyn Ashley 2,268
Majority 53
General Election 1886: Ayr Burghs [18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Richard Frederick Fotheringham Campbell 2,673
Liberal Capt. John Sinclair 1,498
General Election 1885: Ayr Burghs [18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Richard Frederick Fotheringham Campbell 2,460
Unionist Malcolm Low 2,118
General Election 1880: Ayr Burghs [19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Richard Frederick Fotheringham Campbell 2,303
Unionist Sir William Cuninghame 1,420

Elections in the 1860s[edit]

General Election 1868: Ayr Burghs [20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Edward Henry John Craufurd 1,116
___ Anderson QC 1,025

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ Whit[1]
  3. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1939
  4. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1934
  5. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  6. ^ The Times, 13 June 1925
  7. ^ Oliver and Boyd's Edinburgh Almanack, 1927
  8. ^ The Times, 8 December 1923
  9. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  10. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1920
  11. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1916
  12. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1916
  13. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1907
  14. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885-1918 by Craig
  15. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1901
  16. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1901
  17. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1893
  18. ^ a b c Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench, 1889
  19. ^ The Times, 29 April 1880
  20. ^ Debrett's House of Commons, 1870

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