Scottish Westminster constituencies 1955 to 1974

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The results of the First Periodical Review of the Boundary Commission for Scotland became effective for the 1955 general election of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster). The review 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.

Each constituency was entirely within a county or a grouping of two or three 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 nine Scottish constituencies for the 1964 general election but, throughout the 1955 to 1974 period, there was no change to county groupings, to the total numbers of constituencies and MPs, or to constituency names.

The results of the Second Periodical Review and a subsequent interim review were implemented for the February 1974 general election.

County or counties Constituency or constituencies Contents of constituency[1]
Aberdeen including city of Aberdeen Aberdeen North BC Cairncry, St Andrew's, St Clement's, St Machar, St Nicholas, and Woodside wards of city
Minor alteration to overall boundary of 1950 to 1955
Aberdeen South BC Ferryhill, Holburn, Rosemount, Rubislaw, Ruthrieston, and Torry wards of city
Minor alteration to overall boundary of 1950 to 1955
East Aberdeenshire CC Deer, Ellon, and Turriff districts of county
Burghs of Ellon, Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Rosehearty, and Turriff
West Aberdeenshire CC Aberdeen, Alford, Deeside, Garioch and Huntly districts of county
Burghs of Ballater, Huntly, Inverurie, Kintore, and Oldmeldrum
Angus, including city of Dundee, and Kincardine Dundee East BC First, Fourth, Fifth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth wards of city
Overall boundary as 1950 to 1955
Dundee West BC Second, Third, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth wards of city
Overall boundary as 1950 to 1955
North Angus and Mearns CC County of Kincardine
Brechin and Montrose districts of county of Angus
Burghs of Brechin and Montrose in county of Angus
Overall boundary as 1950 to 1955
South Angus CC Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir, and Monifieth districts of county of Angus
Burghs of Arbroath, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir, and Monifieth in county of Angus
Overall boundary as 1950 to 1955
Argyll Argyll CC County of Argyll
Overall boundary as 1918 to 1955
Ayr and Bute Ayr CC Part of Ayr district
Burghs of Ayr and Prestwick in county of Ayr
Overall boundary as 1950 to 1955
Bute and North Ayrshire CC County of Bute
Salcoats district of county of Ayr
Burghs of Ardrossan, Largs, Saltcoats and Stevenston in county of Ayr
Minor alteration to overall boundary of 1950 to 1955
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
Minor alteration to overall boundary of 1950 to 1955
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
Overall boundary as 1950 to 1955
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
Overall boundary as 1950 to 1955
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 East Lothian
Overall boundary as Berwick and Haddington CC 1918 to 1950 and Berwick and East Lothian 1950 to 1955
Caithness and Sutherland Caithness and Sutherland CC Counties of Caithness and Sutherland
Overall boundary as 1918 to 1955
Dumfries Dumfriesshire CC County of Dumfries
Overall boundary as 1950 to 1955
Dunbarton East Dunbartonshire CC Cumbernauld, Kirkintilloch, and New Kilpatrick districts
Burghs of Clydebank, Kirkintilloch, and Milngavie
Overall boundary as 1951 to 1955
West Dunbartonshire CC Helensburgh, Old Kilpatrick, and Vale of Leven districts
Burghs of Cove and Kilcreggan, Dumbarton, and Helensburgh
Overall boundary as 1951 to 1955
Fife Dunfermline Burghs BC 1955:
Burghs of Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline, Inverkeithing, and Lochgelly
Overall boundary as 1950 to 1955
1964:
Description as 1955 but burgh of Dumfermline altered
Kirkcaldy Burghs BC Burghs of Buckhaven and Methil, Burntisland, Kinghorn, and Kirkcaldy
Minor alteration to overall boundary of 1951 to 1955
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
Overall boundary as 1950 to 1955
West Fife CC 1955:
Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, and Lochgelly districts and part of Wemyss district
Burghs of Culross, Leslie, and Markinch
Minor alteration to overall boundary of 1951 to 1955
1964:
Description as 1955 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 1955
Ross and Cromarty CC County of Ross and Cromarty except Outer Hebridean district (Lewis) and burgh (Stornoway)
Overall boundary as 1918 to 1955
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 1955
Kirkcudbright and Wigtown Galloway Counties of Kirkcudbright and Wigtown
Overall boundary as 1950 to 1955
Lanark, including city of Glasgow Coatbridge and Airdrie BC Burghs of Coatbridge and Airdrie
Minor alteration to overall boundary of 1950 to 1955
Glasgow Bridgeton BC Carlton and Dalmarnock wards and part of Mile-End ward of city
Glasgow Cathcart BC Cathcart and Langside wards and part of Govanhill ward of city
Overall boundary as 1950 to 1955
Glasgow Central BC Cowcaddens and Townhead wards and part of Exchange ward of city
Glasgow Craigton BC Craigton ward and part of Fairfield and part of Pollokshields wards of city
Glasgow Gorbals BC Gorbals and Hutchesontown wards and part of Govanhill and part of Kingston wards of city
Glasgow Govan BC Govan and Kinning park wards and part of Fairfield and part of Kingston wards of city
Glasgow Hillhead BC Kelvinside and Partick West wards and part of Whiteinch ward of city
Glasgow Kelvingrove BC Anderston and Park wards and part of Exchange ward of city
Glasgow Maryhill BC Maryhill and Ruchill wards of city
Overall boundary as 1950 to 1955
Glasgow Pollok BC Camphill and Pollokshaws wards and part of Pollokshields ward of city
Glasgow Provan BC Dennistoun and Provan wards of city
Glasgow Scotstoun BC Knightswood and Yoker wards and part of Whiteinch ward of city
Glasgow Shettleston BC Parkhead, and Shettleston and Tollcross wards and part of Mile-End ward of city
Overall boundary as 1950 to 1955
Glasgow Springburn BC Cowlairs and Springburn wards of city
Glasgow Woodside BC North Kelvin, Partick East, and Woodside wards of city
Bothwell CC Sixth district and part of Ninth district
Minor alteration to overall boundary of 1950 to 1955
Hamilton CC Part of Fourth and part of Fifth districts
Overall boundary as 1950 to 1955
Lanark CC First, Second, and Third districts and part of Fourth and part of Fifth districts
Burghs of Biggar and Lanark
Overall boundary as 1918 to 1955
Motherwell CC Part of Seventh district
Burgh of Motherwell and Wishaw
Minor alteration to overall boundary of 1950 to 1955
North Lanarkshire CC Part of Seventh and part of Ninth districts
Minor alteration to overall boundary of 1950 to 1955
Rutherglen CC Eighth district
Burgh of Rutherglen
Overall boundary as 1950 to 1955
Midlothian, including city of Edinburgh Edinburgh Central BC George Square, Holyroood, St Giles wards and part of Gorgie-Dalry ward of city
Edinburgh East BC 1955:
Craigentinny, Craigmillar, and Portobello wards of city
Burgh of Musselburgh
Minor alteration to overall boundary of 1950 to 1955
1964:
Description as 1955 but burgh of Musselburgh altered
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
Overall boundary as 1950 to 1955
Edinburgh Pentlands BC 1955:
Collinton, Merchiston, and Sighthill wards and part of Gorgie-Dalry ward of city
1964:
Description as 1955 but Sighthill ward altered
Edinburgh South BC 1955:
Liberton, Morningside, and Newington wards of city
Overall boundary as 1950 to 1955
1964:
Description as 1955 but Liberton ward altered
Edinburgh West BC 1955:
Corstorphine, Murrayfield-Cramond, and Pilton wards and part of St Bernard's ward of city
1964:
Description as 1955 but Corstorphine ward altered
Midlothian CC 1955:
County of Midlothian except city of Edinburgh and burgh of Musselburgh
1964:
County of Midlothian except city of Edinburgh and altered burgh of Musselburgh
Moray and Nairn Moray and Nairn CC Counties of Moray and Nairn
Overall boundary as 1918 to 1955
Orkney and Shetland Orkney and Zetland CC Counties of Orkney and Shetland
Overall boundary as 1918 to 1955
Peebles, Roxburgh and Selkirk Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles CC Counties of Peebles, Roxburgh, and Selkirk
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 and Perth and West Perthshire 1950 to 1955
Perth and East Perthshire CC Eastern and Perth districts of county of Perth
Burghs of Abernethy, Alyth, Blairgowrie and Rattray, Coupar Angus, and Perth
Overall boundary as Perth 1918 to 1950 and Perth and East Perthshire 1950 to 1955
Renfrew Greenock BC 1955:
Burgh of Greenock
1964:
Altered burgh of Greenock
Paisley BC Burgh of Paisley
Overall boundary as 1950 to 1955
East Renfrewshire CC First and Second districts
Burghs of Barrhead and Renfrew
Overall boundary as 1951 to 1955
West Renfrewshire CC 1955:
Third, Fourth, and Fifth districts
Burghs of Gourock and Johnstone
1964:
Description as 1955 but Fifth district altered
Stirling and Clackmannan Stirling and Falkirk Burghs Burghs of Falkirk, Grangemouth, and Stirling in county of Stirling
Minor alteration to overall boundary of 1950 to 1955
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 and West Lothian 1950 to 1955

Notes and references[edit]

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