Scottish Westminster constituencies 1950 to 1955

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Under the Representation of the People Act 1948 and the House of Commons (Redistribution of Seats) Act 1949 new constituency boundaries were defined and first used in the 1950 general election of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster).

In Scotland, where boundaries had been unaltered since 1918, the legislation defined 32 burgh constituencies (BCs) and 39 county constituencies (CCs), with each electing one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. Therefore Scotland had 71 parliamentary seats.

Scottish Westminster constituencies, 1950-1955.

Each constituency was entirely within a county or a grouping of two counties, or was if the cities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow are regarded as belonging, respectively to the county of Aberdeen, the county of Angus, the county of Midlothian and the county of Lanark.

There were changes to the boundaries of six Scottish constituencies for the 1951 general election but, throughout the 1950 to 1955 period, there was no change to county groupings, to the total numbers of constituencies and MPs, or to constituency names.

Boundaries used during the 1950 to 1955 period represented an interim arrangement pending the outcome of the First Periodical Review of the Boundary Commission. The results of the review were implemented for the 1955 general election.

County or group of counties Constituency or constituencies Contents of constituency[1]
Aberdeen, including city of Aberdeen Aberdeen North BC Gilcomston, Greyfriars, St Clement, St Machar, and Woodside wards of city
Aberdeen South BC Ferryhill, Holburn, Rosemount, Rubislaw, Ruthrieston, and Torry wards of city
East Aberdeenshire CC Deer, Ellon, Huntly, and Turriff districts of county
Burghs of Ellon, Fraserburgh, Huntly, Peterhead, Rosehearty, and Turriff
West Aberdeenshire CC Aberdeen, Alford, Deeside, and Garioch districts of county
Burghs of Ballater, Inverurie, Kintore, and Oldmeldrum
Angus, including city of Dundee, and Kincardine Dundee East BC First, Fourth, Fifth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth wards of city
Dundee West BC Second, Third, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth wards of city
North Angus and Mearns CC County of Kindardine
Brechin and Montrose districts of county of Angus
Burghs of Brechin and Montrose in county of Angus
South Angus CC Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir, and Monifieth districts of county of Angus
Burghs of Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir, and Monifieth in county of Angus
Argyll Argyll CC County of Argyll
Overall boundary as 1918 to 1950
Ayr and Bute Ayr CC Part of Ayr district
Burghs if Ayr and Prestwick in county of Ayr
Bute and North Ayrshire CC County of Bute
Salcoats district of county of Ayr
Burghs of Ardrossan, Largs, and Saltcoats in county of Ayr
Central Ayrshire CC Irvine and Kilwinning districts and part of Ayr and part of Kilmarnock districts of county of Ayr
Burghs of Irvine, Kilwinning, Stewarton, and Troon in county of Ayr
Kilmarnock CC Newmilns district and part of Kilmarnock district of county of Ayr
Burghs of Darvel, Galston, Kilmarnock, and Newmilns and Greenholm in county of Ayr
South Ayrshire CC Cumnock, Dalmellington, Girvan, and Maybole districts of county of Ayr
Burghs of Cumnock and Holmhead, Girvan, and Maybole in county of Ayr
Banff Banffshire CC County of Banff
Overall boundary as 1918 to 1950
Berwick and East Lothian Berwick and East Lothian CC Counties of Berwick and Midlothian
Overall boundary as Berwick and Haddington CC 1918 to 1950
Caithness and Sutherland Caithness and Sutherland CC Counties of Caithness and Sutherland
Overall boundary as 1918 to 1950
Dumfries Dumfriesshire CC County of Dumfries
Minor alteration to overall boundary of 1918 to 1950
Dunbarton East Dunbartonshire CC 1950:
Cumbernauld, Kirkintilloch, and New Kilpatrick districts
Burghs of Clydebank, Kirkintilloch, and Milngavie
1951:
Description as 1950 but burgh of Clydebank altered
West Dunbartonshire CC 1950:
Helensburgh, Old Kilpatrick, and Vale of Leven districts
Burghs of Cove and Kilcreggan, Dumbarton, and Helensburgh
1951: Description as 1950 but Old Kilpatrick district altered
Fife Dunfermline Burghs BC Burghs of Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline, Inverkeithing, and Lochgelly
Kirkcaldy Burghs BC 1950:
Burghs of Buckhaven and Methil, Burntisland, Kinghorn, and Kirkcaldy
1951:
Description as 1950 but burgh of Kirkcaldy altered
East Fife CC Anstruther, Cupar, and St Andrews districts and part of Wemyss district
Burghs of Auchtermuchty, Crail, Elie and Earlsferry, Falkland, Kilrenny and Anstruther Easter and Anstruther Wester, Ladybank, Leven, Newburgh, Newport, Pittenweem, St Andrews, St Monance, and Tayport
West Fife CC 1950:
Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, and Lochgelly districts and part of Wemyss district
Burghs of Culross, Leslie, and Markinch
1951:
Description as 1950 but Kirkcaldy district altered
Inverness and Ross and Cromarty Inverness CC County of Inverness except Outer Hebridean districts (Barra, Harris, North Uist, and South Uist)
Overall boundary as 1918 to 1950
Ross and Cromarty CC County of Ross and Cromarty except Outer Hebridean district (Lewis) and burgh (Stornoway)
Overall boundary as 1918 to 1950
Western Isles CC Outer Hebridean districts (Barra, Harris, North Uist, and South Uist) of the county of Inverness
Outer Hebridean district (Harris) of the county of Ross and Cromarty
Outer Hebridean burgh of Stornoway in the county of Ross and Cromarty
Overall boundary as 1918 to 1950
Kirkcudbright and Wigtown Galloway Counties of Kirkcudbright and Wigtown
Minor alteration to overall boundary of 1918 to 1950
Lanark, including city of Glasgow Coatbridge and Airdrie BC Burghs of Coatbridge and Airdrie
Glasgow Bridgeton BC Carlton and Dalmarnock wards of city
Glasgow Camlachie BC Dennistoun and Provan wards and part of Mile-End ward of city
Glasgow Cathcart BC Cathcart and Langside wards and part of Govanhill ward of city
Glasgow Central BC Exchange and Townhead wards of city
Glasgow Gorbals BC Gorbals and Hutchesontown wards and part of Govanhill ward of city
Glasgow Govan BC Craigton and Fairfield wards and part of Govan ward of city
Glasgow Hillhead BC Kelvinside and Partick West wards and part of Partick East ward of city
Glasgow Kelvingrove BC Anderston and Park wards of city
Glasgow Maryhill BC Maryhill and Ruchill wards of city
Glasgow Pollok BC Camphill, Pollokshaws, and Pollokshields wards of city
Glasgow Scotstoun BC Knightswood, Whiteinch, and Yoker wards of city
Glasgow Shettleston BC Parkhead, and Shettleston and Tollcross wards and part of Mile-End ward of city
Glasgow Springburn BC Cowcaddens, Cowlairs, and Springburn wards of city
Glasgow Tradeston BC Kinning Park and Kingston wards and part of Govan ward of city
Glasgow Woodside BC North Kelvin and Woodside wards and part of Partick East ward of city
Bothwell CC Sixth district and part of Ninth district
Hamilton CC Part of Fourth and part of Fifth districts
Lanark CC First, Second, and Third districts and part of Fourth and part of Fifth districts
Burghs of Biggar and Lanark
Motherwell CC Part of Seventh district
Burgh of Motherwell and Wishaw
North Lanarkshire CC Part of Seventh and part of Ninth districts
Rutherglen CC Eighth district
Burgh of Rutherglen
Midlothian, including city of Edinburgh, and Peebles Edinburgh Central BC George Square, Holyroood, and St Giles wards of city
Edinburgh East BC Craigentinny, Craigmillar, and Portobello wards of city
Burgh of Musselburgh
Edinburgh Leith BC Central Leith, South Leith, and West Leith wards of city
Edinburgh North BC Broughton, Carlton, and St Andrew's wards of city
Edinburgh Pentlands BC Collinton, Gorgie-Dalry, Merchiston, and Sighthill wards of city
Edinburgh South BC Liberton, Morningside, and Newington wards of city
Edinburgh West BC Corstorphine, Murray-Cramond, Pilton, and St Bernard's wards of city
Midlothian and Peeples CC Counties of Midlothian except city of Edinburgh and burgh of Musselburgh and Peebles
Moray and Nairn Moray and Nairn CC Counties of Moray and Nairn
Overall boundary as 1918 to 1950
Orkney and Shetland Orkney and Zetland CC Counties of Orkney and Shetland
Overall boundary as 1918 to 1950
Perth and Kinross Kinross and West Perthshire CC County of Kinross
Central, Highland, and Western districts of county of Perth
Burghs of Aberfeldy, Auchterarder, Callander, Crieff, Doune, Dunblane, and Pitlochry in county of Perth
Overall boundary as Kinross and Western Perthshire 1918 to 1950
Perth and East Perthshire CC Eastern and Perth districts of county of Perth
Burghs of Abernethy, Alyth, Blairgowrie and Rattray, Coupar Angus, and Perth in county of Perth
Overall boundary as Perth 1918 to 1950
Renfrew Greenock BC Burgh of Greenock, Renfrewshire
Paisley BC Burgh of Paisley, Renfrewshire
East Renfrewshire CC 1950:
First and Second districts
Burghs of Barrhead and Renfrew
1951:
Description as 1950 but Second district altered
West Renfrewshire CC 1950:
Third, Fourth, and Fifth districts
Burghs of Gourock and Johnstone
1951:
Description as 1950 but burgh of Johnston altered
Roxburgh and Selkirk Roxburgh and Selkirk CC Counties of Roxburgh and Selkirk
Stirling and Clackmannan Stirling and Falkirk Burghs Burghs of Falkirk, Grangemouth, and Stirling in county of Stirling
Clackmannan and East Stirlingshire CC County of Clackmannan
Eastern Number One, Eastern Number Two, and Eastern Number Three districts of county of Stirling
West Stirlingshire CC Central Number One, Central Number Two, Western Number One, Western Number Two, and Western Number Three districts of county of Stirling
Burghs of Bridge of Allan, Denny and Dunipace, and Kilsyth in county of Stirling
West Lothian West Lothian CC County of West Lothian
Overall boundary as Linlithgow 1918 to 1950

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ As per Boundaries of Parliamentary Constituencies 1885-1972 (ISBN 0-900178-09-4), F. W. S. Craig 1972