Edinburgh (UK Parliament constituency)

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Edinburgh
Former Burgh constituency
for the House of Commons
Major settlements Edinburgh
17081885
Number of members 1808–1832: One
1832–1885: Two
Replaced by Edinburgh Central
Edinburgh South
Edinburgh East
Edinburgh West
Created from Edinburgh

Edinburgh was a burgh constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of Great Britain from 1708 to 1801 and of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1801 until 1885. Originally a single member constituency, representation was increased to two members in 1832. It was abolished in 1885, being split into Edinburgh Central, Edinburgh South, Edinburgh East and Edinburgh West.

Boundaries[edit]

The boundaries of the constituency, as set out in the Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1832, were-

"From a Point on the Road from Leith to Queensferry which is distant Four hundred Yards (measured along such Road) to the West of the Point at which the same meets the Inverleith Road at the House called Golden Acre, in a straight Line to the North-western Corner of the Enclosure of John Watsons Institution; thence in a straight Line to the Second Stone Bridge, marked No. 2, on the Union Canal; thence in a straight Line to the Point at which the Western Wall of the Enclosure of the Lunatic Asylum at Morningside meets the Jordan or Pow Burn; thence down the Jordan or Pow Burn to a Point which is distant One hundred and fifty Yards (measured along such Burn) below the Arch over the same on the Carlisle Road; thence in a straight Line to the Summit of Arthur's Seat, thence in a straight Line to the Point at which the Feeder enters the Western Side of Lochend Loch; thence in a straight Line to the Point at which Pilrig Street joins Leith Walk; thence along Pilrig Street and the Bonnington Road to the Point at which the latter meets the Road from Leith to Queensferry; thence along the Road from Leith to Queensferry to the Point first described."[1]


Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1708–1832[edit]

Election Member Party
1708 Sir Samuel MacClellan
1709 by-election Sir Patrick Johnston
1713 Sir James Stewart
1715 Sir George Warrender
1721 by-election John Campbell
1734 Patrick Lindsay
1741 Archibald Stewart
1747 James Ker
1754 William Alexander
1761 George Lind
1762 by-election James Coutts
1768 Sir Lawrence Dundas
1780 William Miller
1781 Sir Lawrence Dundas
1781 by-election James Hunter Blair
1784 by-election Sir Adam Fergusson
1790 Henry Dundas
1803 by-election Charles Hope
1805 by-election George Abercromby
1806 Sir Patrick Murray
1812 by-election William Dundas
1831 Robert Adam Dundas

MPs 1832–1885[edit]

Under the Representation of the People Act 1832, Edinburgh's representation was increased to two members.

Election 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1832 Francis Jeffrey Liberal James Abercromby, later Baron Dunfermline Liberal
1834 by-election Sir John Campbell, later Baron Campbell Liberal
1839 by-election Thomas Babington Macaulay, later Baron Macaulay Liberal
1841 Sir William Gibson Craig Liberal
1847 Charles Cowan Liberal
1852 Thomas Babington Macaulay Liberal
1856 by-election Adam Black Liberal
1859 by-election James Moncreiff, later Baron Moncreiff Liberal
1865 Duncan McLaren Liberal
1868 John Miller Liberal
1874 James Cowan Liberal
January 1881 by-election John McLaren Liberal
August 1881 by-election Thomas Buchanan Liberal
1882 by-election Samuel Danks Waddy Liberal
1874 constituency divided: see Central, East, South and West divisions

Election results[edit]

General Election 1868: Edinburgh [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Duncan McLaren unopposed
Liberal John Miller unopposed

References[edit]

  1. ^ Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1832, Schedule (M).
  2. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench, 1870

See also[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Cambridge University
Constituency represented by the Speaker
1835 – 1839
Succeeded by
Hampshire North