Ayrshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland Ayrshire
Number of members One
Replaced by North Ayrshire
South Ayrshire.
Created from Ayrshire

Ayrshire 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 1868, when it was divided into North Ayrshire and South Ayrshire.

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


The Ayrshire constituency represented the county of Ayrshire, minus the parliamentary burghs of Ayr and Irvine, which were components of the Ayr Burghs constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Parliament First member Party
1708 Francis Montgomerie
1710 John Montgomerie
1727 James Campbell
1741 Patrick Crauford
1754 James Mure-Campbell, later Earl of Loudoun
1761 Archibald Montgomerie, later Earl of Eglinton Whig
1768 David Kennedy, later Earl of Cassillis
1774 Sir Adam Fergusson
1780 Hugh Montgomerie, later Earl of Eglinton
1781 Sir Adam Fergusson
1784 Hugh Montgomerie, later Earl of Eglinton
1789 William MacDowall (Ayrshire MP)
1790 Sir Adam Fergusson
1796 Hugh Montgomerie, later Earl of Eglinton
1796 William Fullarton Whig
1803 Sir Hew Dalrymple-Hamilton
1807 David Boyle
1811 Sir Hew Dalrymple-Hamilton
1818 James Montgomerie
1829 William Blair
1832 Richard Alexander Oswald
1835 John Dunlop
1839 Viscount Kelburn, later Earl of Glasgow
1843 Alexander Oswald
1852 James Hunter Blair
1854 Sir James Fergusson
1857 Lord Patrick Crichton-Stuart
1859 Sir James Fergusson


See also[edit]