South Ayrshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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South Ayrshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland Ayrshire
18681983
Number of members One

South Ayrshire was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1868 until 1983, when it was abolished. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP), elected by the first past the post voting system.

Boundaries[edit]

The Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1868 provided that the new South Ayrshire constituency was to consist of the District of Kyle and Carrick, consisting of the parishes of Auchinleck, Ayr, Ballantrae, Barr, Colmonell, Coylton, Craigie, Dailly, Dalmellington, Dalrymple, Dundonald, Galston, Girvan, Kirkmichael, Kirkoswald, Mauchline, Maybole, Monkton and Prestwick, Muirkirk, New Cumnock, Newton-on-Ayr, Ochiltree, Old Cumnock, Riccarton, St Quivox, Sorn, Stair, Straiton, Symington and Tarbolton.

From 1918 the constituency consisted of "The county districts of Ayr and Carrick, inclusive of all burghs situated therein except insofar as included in the Ayr District of Burghs."

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1868 Sir David Wedderburn, Bt Liberal
1874 Claud Alexander Conservative
1885 Eugene Wason Liberal
1886 Greville Richard Vernon Liberal Unionist
1892 Eugene Wason Liberal
1895 Sir William Arrol Liberal Unionist
1906 Sir William Beale, Bt Liberal
1918 James Brown Labour
1931 James Orr MacAndrew Conservative
1935 James Brown Labour
1939 by-election Alexander Sloan Labour
1946 by-election Emrys Hughes Labour
1970 by-election Jim Sillars Labour
1976 Scottish Labour Party
1979 George Foulkes Labour Co-operative
1983 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

General Election 1979: Ayrshire South [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Foulkes 14,271 35.2
Scottish Labour Jim Sillars 12,750 31.45
Conservative G Young 10,287 25.4
SNP C Cameron 3,233 8.0
General Election Oct 1974: Ayrshire South [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jim Sillars 22,329
SNP R. Mullin 7,851
Conservative Mrs J. Armstrong 7,402
Liberal R. Mabon 2,130
General Election 1959: Ayrshire South [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Emrys Hughes 24,774
Conservative W.H. Hunter 14,105

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945:

Ayrshire South

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alexander Sloan 21,235 61.34%
Conservative Robert Mathew 13,382 38.66%
Majority 7,853 22.69%
Turnout 75.17
Labour hold Swing

Election in the 1930s[edit]

By-election 1939: Ayrshire South [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alexander Sloan 17,908
Conservative Dr Catherine Gavin 12,986
General Election 1935: Ayrshire South [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rt Hon James Brown OBE 18,190
Conservative Maj James Orr MacAndrew 13,396
General Election 1931: Ayrshire South[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Capt James Orr MacAndrew 16,657
Labour Rt Hon James Brown OBE 13,733

Election in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Ayrshire South [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Brown 16,981
Conservative Major C.I.A. Dubs 12,240
General Election 1924: Ayrshire South [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Brown 11,313
Conservative C.I.A. Dubs 11,136
General Election 1923: Ayrshire South [10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Brown 11,169
Conservative Sir Charles Fergusson 8,807
General Election 1922: Ayrshire South [11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Brown 11,511
Conservative Sir William Reid 9,180

Election in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Ayrshire South [12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Brown 6,358
Coalition Conservative Brig-Gen. John B Pollok-McCall 5,495
Liberal William Robertson 4,555
Independent Lt-Col. Hugh Robert Wallace 627
General Election Dec 1910: Ayrshire South [13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir William Phipson Beale, Bt 8,715
Conservative Thomas Walker McIntyre 6,835
General Election Jan 1910: Ayrshire South [14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir William Phipson Beale, Bt 8,833
Conservative Thomas Walker McIntyre 6,793

Election in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1906: Ayrshire South[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William Phipson Beale KC 7,853
Conservative James J. Bell 6,611
General Election 1900: Ayrshire South[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Sir Wiliam Arrol 8,615
Liberal A. Johnson-Ferguson 5,753

Election in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1895: Ayrshire South[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Sir Wiliam Arrol 6,875
Liberal Eugene Wason 6,325
General Election 1892: Ayrshire South[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Eugene Wason 6,535
Liberal Unionist Sir Wiliam Arrol 6,338

Election in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1886: Ayrshire South [19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Hon Greville Richard Vernon 6,123
Liberal Eugene Wason 6,118
General Election 1885: Ayrshire South [20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Eugene Wason 7,357
Conservative Major-General Claud Alexander 5,447
General Election 1880: Ayrshire South [21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Col. Claud Alexander 1,830
Liberal Hon North de Coigny Dalrymple-Hamilton 1,583

Election in the 1870s[edit]

Election in the 1860s[edit]

General Election 1868: Ayrshire South [22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir David Wedderburn, Bt. 1,201
Conservative Col. Claud Alexander 1,176

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ [1] Political Resources.net
  3. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 1977
  4. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 1963
  5. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1944
  6. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1939
  7. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1934
  8. ^ The Times, 1 june 1929
  9. ^ Oliver & Boyd's Edinburgh Almanac, 1927
  10. ^ The Times, 8 December 1923
  11. ^ The Times, 17 November 1922
  12. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1920
  13. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1916
  14. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1916
  15. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1907
  16. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1901
  17. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1901
  18. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1893
  19. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1889
  20. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1889
  21. ^ The Times, 29 April 1880
  22. ^ Debrett's House of Commons, 1870