Leith Burghs (UK Parliament constituency)

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Leith Burghs
Former District of burghs constituency
for the House of Commons
18321918
Number of members One
Replaced by Leith
Edinburgh East

Leith 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 represented the parliamentary burghs of Leith, Musselburgh and Portobello.

In 1918 Leith was included in Leith, while Musselburgh and Portobello were merged into Edinburgh East.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member [1][2][3] Party
1832 John Archibald Murray Liberal
1839 by-election Andrew Rutherfurd Liberal
1851 by-election James Moncreiff, later Baron Moncreiff Liberal
1859 Sir William Miller, 1st Baronet Liberal
1868 Robert Andrew Macfie Liberal
1874 Donald Robert Macgregor Liberal
1878 by-election Andrew Grant Liberal
1885 William Jacks Liberal
1886 Liberal Unionist
1886 William Ewart Gladstone Liberal
1886 by-election Ronald Munro Ferguson, later Viscount Novar Liberal
1914 by-election George Welsh Currie Conservative
1918 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
By-election 26 Feb 1914 [3][4]
Electorate: 17,705
Turnout: 77.1%
Conservative gain from Liberal
Majority: 16 (0.1%)
George Welsh Currie Conservative 5,159 37.8 −5.0
Malcolm Smith Liberal 5,143 37.7 −19.5
Joseph Nicholas Bell Labour 3,346 24.5 N/A
General Election Dec 1910 [3][4]
Electorate: 17,987
Turnout: 68.7%
Liberal hold
Majority: 1,785 (14.4%)
Swing: 9.5% from LibU to Lib
Ronald Munro Ferguson Liberal 7,069 57.2 +7.6
Frederick Alexander Macquisten Conservative 5,284 42.8 +11.3
General Election Jan 1910 [3][4]
Electorate: 17,351
Turnout: 83.0%
Liberal hold
Majority: 2,606 (18.1%)
Ronald Munro Ferguson Liberal 7,146 49.6 −11.6
Sir Robert Cranston Liberal Unionist 4,540 31.5 −7.3
William Walker Labour 2,724 18.9 N/A
General Election 1906 [3][5]
Electorate: 16,974
Turnout: 73.9%
Liberal hold
Majority: 2,802 (22.4%)
Ronald Munro Ferguson Liberal 7,677 61.2 +7.6
Frank T. Cooper KC Liberal Unionist 4,865 38.8 −7.6
General Election 1900 [3][6]
Electorate: 15,484
Turnout: 11,269 (72.8%)
Liberal hold
Majority: 817 (7.2%)
Ronald Munro Ferguson Liberal 6,043 53.6 −2.8
Edward Theodore Salvesen Liberal Unionist 5,226 46.4 +2.8
General Election 1895 [3][6]
Electorate: 13,982
Turnout: 73.8%
Liberal hold
Majority: 1,325 (12.8%)
Ronald Munro Ferguson Liberal 5,819 55.4 +1.0
John Wilson Liberal Unionist 4,494 44.6 −1.0
General Election 1892 [3][7]
Electorate: 13,198
Turnout: 74.5%
Liberal hold
Majority: 1,643 (16.8%)
Ronald Munro Ferguson Liberal 5,738 58.4
William Alexander Bell Liberal Unionist 4,095 41.6
By-election 20 Aug 1886 [3][9]
Electorate: 11,779
Turnout: 61.4%
Liberal hold
Majority: 2,676 (37.1%)
Ronald Munro Ferguson Liberal 4,204 58.2
Donald Robert Macgregor[10] Independent Liberal Unionist 1,528 21.1
William Jacks Liberal Unionist 1,499 20.7
Henry Munster[8] Independent Liberal Unionist 3 0.0
General Election 1886 [3] Liberal hold William Ewart Gladstone[11] Liberal unopposed
General Election 1885 [3][9]
Electorate: 11,779
Turnout: 75.0%
Liberal hold
Majority: 3,870 (43.8%)
William Jacks Liberal 6,355 71.9 N/A
William David Thorburn Conservative 2,485 28.1 N/A
General Election 1880 [2]
Electorate: 10,333
Liberal hold Andrew Grant Liberal unopposed
By-election 29 Jan 1878 [2]
Electorate: 9,739
Liberal hold Andrew Grant Liberal 4,929
C. W. Tennant Conservative 1,788
General Election 1874 [2]
Electorate: 8,248
Liberal hold Donald Robert Macgregor Liberal 4,489
Robert Andrew Macfie Liberal 1,945
General Election 1868 [2][12]
Electorate: 6,223
Liberal hold Robert Andrew Macfie Liberal 2,907
William Miller Liberal 2,310
General Election 1859 [2]
Electorate: 2,139
Liberal hold William Miller Liberal 904
Robert Andrew Macfie Liberal 746
General Election 1857 [2]
Electorate: 1,973
Liberal hold James Moncreiff Liberal 821
William Miller Liberal 701
General Election 1852 [2]
Electorate: 2,027
Liberal hold James Moncreiff Liberal 643
T. W. Henderson Conservative 407
By-election 11 April 1851 [2] Liberal hold James Moncreiff Liberal unopposed
General Election 1847 [2]
Electorate: 1,888
Liberal hold Andrew Rutherfurd Liberal unopposed
General Election 1841 [2]
Electorate: 1,732
Liberal hold Andrew Rutherfurd Liberal unopposed
By-election 1839 [2] Liberal hold Andrew Rutherfurd Liberal unopposed
General Election 1837 [2]
Electorate: 2,171
Liberal hold John Archibald Murray Liberal unopposed
General Election 1835 [2]
Electorate: 1,838
Liberal hold John Archibald Murray Liberal unopposed
General Election 1832 [2]
Electorate: 1,624
Liberal win John Archibald Murray Liberal unopposed

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 554–555. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 515. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 
  4. ^ a b c Debrett's House of Commons and the 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. ^ At the by-election in 1886, Munster withdrew from the election after nominations had closed
  9. ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1889
  10. ^ Macgregor was supported by the local Conservative Association
  11. ^ At the 1886 general election, William Ewart Gladstone was returned unopposed, but being also elected for Edinburghshire, he elected to sit for the latter constituency, and a new election was held on 20 August 1886
  12. ^ Debrett's House of Commons, 1870