Edinburgh and St Andrews Universities (UK Parliament constituency)

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Edinburgh and St Andrews Universities
Former University constituency
for the House of Commons
18681918
Number of members One
Replaced by Combined Scottish Universities

Edinburgh and St Andrews Universities was a university constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1868 until 1918. It was merged with the Glasgow and Aberdeen Universities constituency to form the Combined Scottish Universities constituency.

Electorate[edit]

As a University constituency, the constituency had no geographical basis. Instead, its electorate consisted of the graduates of Edinburgh University and St Andrews University.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1868 Lyon Playfair, later Baron Playfair Liberal
1885 John Hay Athole Macdonald Conservative
1888 by-election Moir Tod Stormonth Darling Conservative
1890 by-election Sir Charles John Pearson Conservative
1896 by-election Sir William Overend Priestley Conservative
1900 Sir John Batty Tuke Liberal Unionist Party
Jan. 1910 Sir Robert Bannatyne Finlay, later Viscount Finlay Liberal Unionist
1916 by-election Christopher Nicholson Johnston Conservative
1917 by-election Sir William Watson Cheyne Conservative
1918 constituency abolished: see Combined Scottish Universities

Election results[edit]

At a meeting of the electors on 10 August 1917, Sir William Watson Cheyne, Professor of Clinical Surgery at King's College, London, was elected in place of Sir Christopher Nicholson Johnston KC, who has been appointed to judicial office.[1]

On 29 December 1916 Mr Christopher Johnston KC was returned unopposed in place of Lord Finlay.[2]

General Election Dec 1910: Edinburgh & St Andrews Universities [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rt Hon Sir Robert Bannatyne Finlay GCMG unopposed
General Election Jan 1910: Edinburgh & St Andrews Universities [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rt Hon Sir Robert Bannatyne Finlay GCMG 5,205
Liberal Sir Alexander Russell Simpson MD LLD DSc 2,693
General Election 1906: Edinburgh & St Andrews Universities [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Sir John Batty Tuke MD 4,893
Independent John St Loe Strachey 2,310

At the General Election 1900 Sir John Batty Tuke was elected unopposed.[6]

In April 1900 Sir William Priestley died. At a by-election on 3 May 1900, Sir John Batty Tuke was returned unopposed.[7]

In May 1896 Sir Charles Pearson was raised to the Bench. At a by-election on 12 May 1896, Sir William Overend Priestley MD LLD was returned unopposed.[8]

At the General Election 1895 Sir Charles John Pearson QC was elected unopposed as the Conservative candidate.[9]

At the General Election 1892 Sir Charles John Pearson QC was elected unopposed as the Conservative candidate.[10]

At the November 1890 by-election Sir Charles John Pearson QC was elected unopposed as the Conservative candidate.[11]

In October 1888 John Macdonald was appointed Lord Justice Clerk. At a by-election on 6 November 1888, Moir Tod Stormont Darling was elected unopposed as the Conservative candidate.[12]

At the General Election 1886 John Macdonald was returned unopposed. In July 1886 he accepted office and was reelected unopposed on 13 August.[13]

General Election 1885: Edinburgh & St Andrews Universities [14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Macdonald CB QC LLD 2,840
Liberal John Eric Erichsen 2,453

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Times, 11 August 1917
  2. ^ The Times, 30 December 1916
  3. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench, 1916
  4. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench, 1916
  5. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1907
  6. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1901
  7. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1901
  8. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1901
  9. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1901
  10. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1893
  11. ^ The Times, 4 May 1900
  12. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench, 1889
  13. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench, 1889
  14. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench, 1889