Scottish Westminster constituencies 1974 to 1983

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The results of the Second Periodical Review, concluded in 1969, and a subsequent interim review,[1] concluded in 1972, of the Boundary Commission for Scotland, became effective for the February 1974 general election of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster). The reviews defined 29 burgh constituencies (BCs) and 42 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.

February 1974 boundaries were used also in the general elections of October 1974 and 1979.

In 1975 Scottish counties were abolished under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. The Third Periodical Review took account of new local government boundaries, which defined two-tier regions and districts and unitary islands council areas, and the results of the review were implemented for the 1983 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

County or counties Constituency or constituencies Contents of constituency[2] Regional or islands area coverage[3]
Aberdeen including City of Aberdeen Aberdeen North BC Mastrick, Northfield, St Clement's, St Machar, St Nicholas, and Woodside wards of city[4] Part of Grampian region (part of City of Aberdeen district)
Aberdeen South BC Ferryhill, Holburn, Rosemount, Rubislaw, Ruthrieston, and Torry wards of city[4] Part of Grampian region (part of City of Aberdeen district)
East Aberdeenshire CC Deer, Ellon, and Turriff districts of county
Burghs of Ellon, Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Rosehearty, and Turriff
Overall boundary as 1955 to 1974
Part of Grampian region (four-fifths of Banff and Buchan and one-fifth of Gordon districts)
West Aberdeenshire CC Aberdeen, Alford, Deeside, Garioch, and Huntly districts of county[4]
Burghs of Ballater, Huntly, Inverurie, Kintore, and Oldmeldrum[4]
Part of Grampian region (part of Gordon, part of City of Aberdeen and part of Kincardine and Deeside districts)
Angus, including City of Dundee, and Kincardine Dundee East BC Broughty Ferry, Caird, Craigie, Douglas, Harbour, and Hilltown wards of city
Overall boundary as 1950 to 1974
Part of Tayside region (part of City of Dundee district)
Dundee West BC Balgay, Camperdown, Downfield, Law, Lochee, and Riverside wards of city[5] Part of Tayside region (part of City of Dundee district)
North Angus and Mearns CC County of Kincardine
Brechin and Montrose districts of county of Angus[4]
Burghs of Brechin and Montrose in county of Angus[4]
Part of Tayside region (part of Angus district)
and
part of Grampian region (part of Kincardine and Deeside and part of City of Aberdeen districts)
South Angus CC Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir, and Monifieth districts of county of Angus[5]
Burghs of Arbroath, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir, and Monifieth in county of Angus[5]
Part of Tayside region (part of Angus, part of City of Dundee and small part of Perth and Kinross districts)
Argyll Argyll CC County of Argyll
Overall boundary as 1918 to 1974
Part of Highland region (one-fifth of Lochaber district)
and
part of Strathclyde region (part of Argyll and Bute district)
Ayr and Bute Ayr CC Part of Ayr district
Burghs if Ayr and Prestwick in county of Ayr
Overall boundary as 1950 to 1974
Part of Strathclyde region (part of Kyle and Carrick district)
Bute and North Ayrshire CC County of Bute
West Kilbride district of county of Ayr
Burghs of Ardrossan, Largs, Saltcoats and Stevenston in county of Ayr
Overall boundary as 1955 to 1974
Part of Strathclyde region (part of Argyll and Bute and part of Cunninghame districts)
Central Ayrshire CC Irvine and Kilbirnie districts and part of Ayr district of county of Ayr
Burghs of Irvine, Kilwinning, and Troon in county of Ayr
Part of Strathclyde region (part of Cunninghame and part of Kyle and Carrick districts)
Kilmarnock CC Kilmarnock district of county of Ayr
Burghs of Darvel, Galston, Kilmarnock, Newmilns and Greenholm, and Stewarton in county of Ayr
Part of Strathclyde region (Kilmarnock and Loudoun district)
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
Minor alteration to overall boundary of 1950 to 1974
Part of Strathclyde region (Cumnock and Doon Valley and part of Kyle and Carrick districts)
Banff Banffshire CC County of Banff
Overall boundary as 1918 to 1974
Part of Grampian region (part of Moray and part of Banff and Buchan districts)
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 1974
Part of Borders region (part of Ettrick and Lauderdale and very small part of Roxburgh districts) and part of Lothian region (part of East Lothian district)
Caithness and Sutherland Caithness and Sutherland CC Counties of Caithness and Sutherland
Overall boundary as 1918 to 1974
Part of Highland region (Caithness district and almost all of Sutherland district)
Dumfries Dumfriesshire CC County of Dumfries
Overall boundary as 1950 to 1974
Part of Dumfries and Galloway region (Annandale and Eskdale district and almost all of Nithsdale district)
Dunbarton Central Dunbartonshire CC Old Kilpatrick district
Burghs of Clydebank and Milngavie
Part of Strathclyde region: part of Bearsden and Milngavie, part of Clydebank and part of Dumbarton districts)
East Dunbartonshire CC Kirkintilloch and Cumbernauld district
Burghs of Bearsden, Cumbernauld, and Kirkintilloch
Part of Strathclyde region (part of Bearsden and Milngavie, part of Cumbernauld and Kilsyth and part of Strathkelvin districts)
West Dunbartonshire CC Helensburgh and Vale of Leven districts
Burghs of Cove and Kilcreggan, Dumbarton, and Helensburgh
Part of Strathclyde region (part of Dumbarton district)
Fife Central Fife CC Glenrothes and Lochgelly districts and part of Kirkcaldy district[6]
Burghs of Cowdenbeath, Leslie, Lochgelly, and Markinch[6]
Part of Fife region (part of Dunfermline and part of Kirkcaldy districts)
Dunfermline CC Dunfermline district
Burghs of Culross, Dunfermline, and Inverkeithing
Part of Fife region (part of Dunfermline district)
East Fife CC 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-on-Tay, Pittenweem, St Andrews, St Monance, and Tayport
Part of Fife region (North East Fife district and part of Kirkcaldy district)
Kirkcaldy CC Part of Kirkcaldy and part of Wemyss districts[6]
Burghs of Buckhaven and Methil, Burntisland, Kinghorn, and Kirkcaldy[6]
Part of Fife region (part of Kirkcaldy and very small part of Dunfermline districts)
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 1974
Part of Highland region (Inverness district and four-fifths of Lochaber and three-quarters of Badenoch and Strathspey districts)
Ross and Cromarty CC County of Ross and Cromarty except Outer Hebridean district (Lewis) and burgh (Stornoway)
Overall boundary as 1918 to 1974
Part of Highland region (Ross and Cromarty district and one-fifth of Skye and Lochalsh and very small part of Sutherland districts)
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 1974
Western Isles islands area
Kirkcudbright and Wigtown Galloway CC Counties of Kirkcudbright and Wigtown
Overall boundary as 1950 to 1974
Part of Dumfries and Galloway region (Stewartry and Wigtown districts and small part of Nithsdale district)
Lanark, including City of Glasgow Coatbridge and Airdrie BC Burghs of Coatbridge and Airdrie[7] Part of Strathclyde region (part of Monklands district)
Glasgow Cathcart BC Cathcart ward and part of Langside ward of city Part of Strathclyde region (part of City of Glasgow district)
Glasgow Central BC Carlton, Dalmarnock, Exchange, and Townhead wards of city Part of Strathclyde region (part of City of Glasgow district)
Glasgow Craigton BC Craigton ward and part of Pollokshields ward of city Part of Strathclyde region (part of City of Glasgow district)
Glasgow Garscadden BC Kightwood and Yoker wards of city Part of Strathclyde region (part of City of Glasgow district)
Glasgow Govan BC Fairfield, Govan, Kingston, and Kinning Park wards of city Part of Strathclyde region (part of City of Glasgow district)
Glasgow Hillhead BC Kelvinside, Partick West, and Whiteinch wards of city Part of Strathclyde region (part of City of Glasgow district)
Glasgow Kelvingrove BC Anderston, North Kelvin, Park, Partick East, and Woodside wards of city Part of Strathclyde region (part of City of Glasgow district)
Glasgow Maryhill BC Cowcaddens, Maryhill, and Ruchill wards of city Part of Strathclyde region (part of City of Glasgow district)
Glasgow Pollok BC Camphill and Pollokshaws wards and part of Pollokshields ward of city
Overall boundary as 1955 to 1974
Part of Strathclyde region (part of City of Glasgow district)
Glasgow Provan BC Provan ward and part of Shettleston and Tollcross ward of city Part of Strathclyde region (part of City of Glasgow district)
Glasgow Queen's Park BC Gorbals, Govanhill, and Hutchesontown wards and part of Langside ward of city Part of Strathclyde region (part of City of Glasgow district)
Glasgow Shettleston BC Mile-End and Parkhead wards and part of Shettleston and Tollcross ward of city Part of Strathclyde region (part of City of Glasgow district)
Glasgow Springburn BC Cowlairs, Dennistoun, and Springburn wards of city Part of Strathclyde region (part of City of Glasgow district)
Motherwell and Wishaw BC Burgh of Motherwell and Wishaw Part of Strathclyde region (part of Motherwell district)
Bothwell CC Part of Sixth and part of Ninth districts Part of Strathclyde region (part of City of Glasgow, part of Hamilton, part of Monklands and part of Motherwell districts)
East Kilbride CC Part of Fourth and part of Eighth districts
Burgh of East Kilbride
Part of Strathclyde region (part of East Kilbride and part of Hamilton districts)
Hamilton CC Part of Fourth district
Burgh of Hamilton
Part of Strathclyde region (part of Hamilton district)
Lanark CC First, Second, and Third districts and part of Fourth and part of Seventh districts
Burghs of Biggar and Lanark
Part of Strathclyde region (part of Clydesdale, part of East Kilbride and part of Motherwell districts)
North Lanarkshire CC Part of Sixth, part of Seventh and part of Ninth districts[7]
Burgh of Bishopbriggs[7]
Part of Strathclyde region (part of Motherwell, part of Monklands and part of Strathkelvin districts)
Rutherglen CC Part of Eighth and part of Ninth districts
Burgh of Rutherglen
Part of Strathclyde region (part of City of Glasgow and part of East Kilbride districts)
Midlothian, including City of Edinburgh Edinburgh Central BC George Square, Gorgie-Dalry, Holyrood, and St Giles wards and part of Merchiston ward of city Part of Lothian region (part of City of Edinburgh district)
Edinburgh East BC Craigentinny, Craigmillar, and Portobello wards of city[8]
Burgh of Musselburgh[8]
Part of Lothian region (part of City of Edinburgh and part of East Lothian districts)
Edinburgh Leith BC Central Leith, South Leith, and West Leith wards and part of Pilton ward of city Part of Lothian region (part of City of Edinburgh district)
Edinburgh North BC Broughton, Carlton, St Andrew's, and St Bernard's wards of city Part of Lothian region (part of City of Edinburgh district)
Edinburgh Pentlands BC Colinton and Sighthill wards and part of Merchiston ward of city Part of Lothian region (part of City of Edinburgh district)
Edinburgh South BC Liberton, Morningside, and Newington wards of city
Minor alteration to overall boundary of 1964 to 1974
Part of Lothian region (part of City of Edinburgh district)
Edinburgh West BC Corstorphine and Murrayfield-Cramond wards and part of Pilton ward of city Part of Lothian region (part of City of Edinburgh district)
Midlothian CC County of Midlothian except city of Edinburgh and burgh of Musselburgh[8] Part of Lothian region (Midlothian district and part of City of Edinburgh, part of East Lothian and part of West Lothian districts)
and
part of Borders region (small part of Ettrick and Lauderdale district)
Moray and Nairn Moray and Nairn CC Counties of Moray and Nairn
Overall boundary as 1918 to 1974
Part of Grampian region (Moray district)
and
part of Highland region (Nairn district and one-quarter of Badenoch and Strathspey district)
Orkney and Shetland Orkney and Zetland CC Counties of Orkney and Shetland
Overall boundary as 1950 to 1974
Orkney and Shetland islands areas
Peebles, Roxburgh and Selkirk Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles CC Counties of Peebles, Roxburgh, and Selkirk
Overall boundary as 1918 to 1974
Part of Borders region (almost all of Roxburgh and over four-fifths of Ettrick and Lauderdale districts)
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
Minor alteration to overall boundary of Kinross and Western Perthshire 1918 to 1950 and Perth and West Perthshire 1950 to 1974
Missing information
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
Minor alteration to overall boundary of Perth 1918 to 1950 and Perth and East Perthshire 1950 to 1974
Missing information
Renfrew Greenock and Port Glasgow BC Burghs of Greenock and Port Glasgow Part of Strathclyde region (part of Inverclyde district)
Paisley BC Burgh of Paisley[9] Part of Strathclyde region (part of Renfrew district)
East Renfrewshire CC First and Second districts[9]
Burgh of Barrhead[9]
Part of Strathclyde region (Eastwood district and part of Renfrew district)
West Renfrewshire CC Third, Fourth, and Fifth districts
Burghs of Gourock, Johnstone, and Renfrew
Part of Strathclyde region (part of Inverclyde and part of Renfrew districts)
Stirling and Clackmannan Stirling, Falkirk and Grangemouth BC Burghs of Falkirk, Grangemouth, and Stirling in county of Stirling[10] Part of Central region (part of Falkirk and part of Stirling districts)
Clackmannan and East Stirlingshire CC County of Clackmannan
Eastern Number One, Eastern Number Two, and Eastern Number Three districts of county of Stirling
Minor alteration to overall boundary of 1950 to 1974
Part of Central region (almost all of Clackmannan and part of Falkirk districts)
West Stirlingshire CC Central Number One, Central Number Two, Western Number One, Western Number Two, and Western Number Three districts of county of Stirling[10]
Burghs of Bridge of Allan, Denny and Dunipace, and Kilsyth in county of Stirling[10]
Part of Central region (part of Stirling and part of Falkirk districts)
and
part of Strathclyde region (part of Bearsden and Milngavie, part of Cumbernauld and Kilsyth and part of Strathkelvin districts)
West Lothian West Lothian CC County of West Lothian
Overall boundary as Linlithgow 1918 to 1950 and West Lothian 1950 to 1974
Part of Lothian region (about two-thirds of West Lothian and part of City of Edinburgh districts)
and
part of Central region (part of Stirling district)

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ SIs 1973 Nos 764, 765, 766, 767, 768, 769 and 770, Advocates Library, National Library of Scotland
  2. ^ Boundaries of Parliamentary Constituencies 1885-1972, F. W. S. Craig, 1972 (ISBN 0-900178-09-4) except where otherwise indicated
  3. ^ Third Periodical Report, Boundary Commission for Scotland, HMSO, 1983 (ISBN 0-10-187940-7)
  4. ^ a b c d e f SI 1973 No 769, Advocates Library, National Library of Scotland
  5. ^ a b c SI 1973 No 768, Advocates Library, National Library of Scotland
  6. ^ a b c d SI 1973 No 764, Advocates Library, National Library of Scotland
  7. ^ a b c SI 1973 No 767, Advocates Library, National Library of Scotland
  8. ^ a b c SI 1973 No 766, Advocates Library, National Library of Scotland
  9. ^ a b c SI 1973 No 765, Advocates Library, National Library of Scotland
  10. ^ a b c SI 1973 No 770, Advocates Library, National Library of Scotland