North Ayrshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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North Ayrshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland Ayrshire
18681918
Number of members One
Replaced by Bute and Northern Ayrshire and Kilmarnock

North Ayrshire was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1868 until 1918. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP), using the first-past-the-post voting system.

Boundaries[edit]

The Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1868 provided that the new North Ayrshire constituency was to consist of the District of Cunningham, consisting of the parishes of Ardrossan, Dalry, Dreghorn, Fenwick, Irvine, Kilbirnie, Kilmarnock, Kilmaurs, Kilwinning, Largs, Loudoun, Stevenston, Stewarton, West Kilbride and Beith, and the parish of Dunlop so far as situated within the County of Ayr.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1868 William Finnie Liberal
1874 Roger Montgomerie Conservative
1880 Robert William Cochran-Patrick Conservative
1885 Hugh Elliot Liberal
1886 Liberal Unionist
1892 Thomas Cochrane Liberal Unionist
1910 Andrew Anderson Liberal
1911 Duncan Frederick Campbell Unionist
1916 Aylmer Hunter-Weston Unionist
1918 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1860s[edit]

General Election 1868: Ayrshire North [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William Finnie 1,397
Conservative Roger Montgomerie 1,322

Elections in the 1870s[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

John Balfour
General Election 1880: Ayrshire North [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert William Cochran-Patrick 1,636
Liberal John Blair Balfour 1,581
General Election 1885: Ayrshire North [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Hon. Hugh Frederick Hislop Elliot 5,700 54.6
Conservative Robert William Cochran-Patrick 4,740 45.4 -

General Election 1886: Ayrshire North

Hon. Hugh Frederick Hislop Elliot elected unopposed as a Liberal Unionist[3]

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

Wedderburn
General Election 1892: Ayrshire North[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Hon. Thomas Horatio Arthur Ernest Cochrane 5,346 52.2
Liberal Sir William Wedderburn 4,898 47.8
General Election 1895: Ayrshire North[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Hon. Thomas Horatio Arthur Ernest Cochrane 5,612 53.4
Liberal William Robertson 4,902 46.6

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1900: Ayrshire North[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Hon. Thomas Horatio Arthur Ernest Cochrane 5,985 55.5 +2.1
Liberal A. Williamson 4,791 44.5 -2.1
General Election 1906: Ayrshire North[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Hon Thomas Cochrane 5,603 43.6
Liberal Andrew Macbeth Anderson 4,587 35.6
Scottish Workers James Brown 2,684 20.8 n/a

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election Jan 1910: Ayrshire North[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Andrew Macbeth Anderson 6,189 44.4
Liberal Unionist Hon. Thomas Horatio Arthur Ernest Cochrane 5,951 42.7
Labour James Brown 1,801 12.9
General Election Dec 1910: Ayrshire North[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Andrew Macbeth Anderson 7,286 51.2 +6.8
Conservative Duncan Frederick Campbell 6,932 48.8 +6.1
North Ayrshire by-election, 1911[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Duncan Frederick Campbell 7,318 50.9
Liberal Andrew Macbeth Anderson 7,047 49.1

General Election 1914/15:

Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;

Hunter-Weston
North Ayrshire by-election, 1916[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Sir Aylmer Gould Hunter-Weston 7,149 84.6
Independent Labour
  • Rev. Humphrey Chalmers
1,300 15.4
  • Chalmers stood on a 'peace platform' and contested the 1918 General Election as a Labour Party candidate.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Debrett's House of Commons, 1870
  2. ^ The Times, 29 April 1880
  3. ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1889
  4. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1893
  5. ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1901
  6. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1907
  7. ^ a b c d Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1916