Falkirk Burghs (UK Parliament constituency)

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Falkirk Burghs
Former District of Burghs constituency
for the House of Commons
Major settlements Falkirk, Airdrie, Hamilton, Lanark and Linlithgow
18321918
Number of members One
Replaced by Stirling & Falkirk Burghs, Hamilton, Lanark and Linlithgowshire

Falkirk Burghs was a district of burghs constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1832 to 1918. The constituency comprised the burghs of Falkirk, Airdrie, Hamilton, Lanark and Linlithgow, lying in Stirlingshire, Lanarkshire and Linlithgowshire.

In 1918, Falkirk became part of Stirling and Falkirk Burghs, Hamilton and Lanark formed the core of new Hamilton and Lanark constituencies, and Linlithgow was represented as part of Linlithgowshire.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Election Member [1] Party[2]
1832 William Downe Gillon Liberal[3]
1841 William Baird Conservative
1846 by-election Henry Pelham Clinton, Earl of Lincoln, later Duke of Newcastle Conservative
1851 by-election James Baird Conservative
1857 James Merry Liberal[3]
1857 by-election John Glencairn Carter Hamilton, later Baron Hamilton of Dalzell Liberal[3]
1859 James Merry Liberal
1874 John Ramsay Liberal
1886 William Pirrie Sinclair Liberal Unionist Party
1892 Harry Smith Liberal
1895 John Wilson Liberal Unionist Party
1906 John Archibald Murray Macdonald Liberal
1918 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

General Election Dec 1910: Falkirk Burghs [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Archibald Murray Macdonald 6,276
Conservative Daniel Henderson Lusk Young 4,245
General Election Jan 1910: Falkirk Burghs [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Archibald Murray Macdonald 6,524
Conservative Henry Shanks Keith 4,375
General Election 1906: Falkirk Burghs[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Archibald Murray Macdonald 5,158
Conservative H.S. Keith 3,176
Scottish Workers David Gilmour 1,763
General Election 1900: Falkirk Burghs [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist John Wilson 4,222
Liberal John Archibald Murray Macdonald 4,022
Registered electors 10,388
General Election 1895: Falkirk Burghs [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist John Wilson 4,075
Liberal Harry Smith 3,822
General Election 1892: Falkirk Burghs [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Harry Smith 3,816
Liberal Unionist William Pirrie Sinclair 3,177
Registered electors 8,402
General Election 1886: Falkirk Burghs [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist William Pirrie Sinclair 2,713
Liberal Harry Smith 2,693
General Election 1885: Falkirk Burghs [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Ramsay 3,104
Conservative Samuel Dick Mason 2,204
Liberal James Galloway Weir 814
Liberal J. Roskill 14
General Election 1868: Falkirk Burghs [2][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal James Merry 1,724
Liberal Rt. Hon. Edward Horsman 16

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "F" [self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 544. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  3. ^ a b c Note: Craig does not distinguish between Whigs, Radicals, and Liberals, labellling them all as "Liberal"
  4. ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench, 1916
  5. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1907
  6. ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1901
  7. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1893
  8. ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench, 1889
  9. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench, 1870