Perthshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland Perthshire
1708 (1708)1885 (1885)
Number of members One
Replaced by Eastern Perthshire
Western Perthshire

Perthshire was a county 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, representing a seat for one Member of Parliament (MP).


The constituency was created to cover the county of Perth, minus the burgh of Perth, which was a compontent of the Perth Burghs constituency.

In 1832, as a result of the Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1832, the Perth Burghs constituency was abolished, the Perth burgh constituency was created, and five detached parishes of the county were merged into the Clackmannanshire and Kinross-shire constituency.[1]

In 1885, as a result of the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, the Perthshire constituency was divided to create Eastern Perthshire and Western Perthshire.[1]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1773 James Murray
1794 Thomas Graham
1807 Lord James Murray
1812 James Drummond
1824 Sir George Murray
1832 The Earl of Ormelie
1834 Sir George Murray
1835 Hon. Fox Maule
1837 Viscount Stormont
1840 Henry Home-Drummond
1852 Sir William Stirling-Maxwell
1868 Charles Stuart Parker
1874 Sir William Stirling-Maxwell
1878 Henry Edward Home-Drummond-Moray
1880 Sir Donald Currie, subsequently MP for Western Perthshire

Election results[edit]

Notes and references[edit]