Stirling Burghs (UK Parliament constituency)

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Stirling Burghs
Former District of burghs constituency
for the House of Commons
Major settlements Stirling, Dunfermline, Inverkeithing, Queensferry, Culross
17081918
Number of members One
Replaced by Stirling & Falkirk Burghs
Dunfermline Burghs
and others
Created from Culross
Dunfermline
Inverkeithing
Queensferry
Stirling

Stirling Burghs was a district of burghs constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1708 to 1918. The constituency comprised the burghs of Stirling in Stirlingshire, Dunfermline, and Inverkeithing in Fife, Queensferry, in Linlithgowshire (West Lothian), and Culross, which was an exclave of Perthshire, transferring to Fife in 1889. By 1832, the burgh of Queensferry had become the burgh of South Queensferry.

In 1918, Stirling became part of Stirling and Falkirk Burghs and Dunfermline became part of Dunfermline Burghs, with the other burghs being represented as part of their respective counties.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1708 John Erskine
1710 Henry Cunningham
1728 Lord Erskine
1734 Peter Halkett
1741 James Erskine
1747 George Haldane
1758 Robert Haldane
1761 Francis Holburne
1768 James Masterton
1774 Archibald Campbell
1780 James Campbell
1789 Archibald Campbell
1791 Andrew James Cochrane
(from 1793, Cochrane Johnstone)[1]
1797 William Tait
1800 Alexander Forrester Inglis Cochrane
1806 Sir John Henderson, Bt
1807 Alexander Campbell
1818 John Campbell
1819 Francis Ward Primrose
1820 Robert Downie
1830 James Johnston
1832 Archibald Primrose, Lord Dalmeny Liberal
1847 John Benjamin Smith Liberal
1852 Sir James Anderson
1859 James Caird
1865 Laurence Oliphant
1868 John Ramsay Liberal
1868 Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman Liberal
1908 Arthur Ponsonby Liberal
1918 constituency abolished
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Manchester East
Constituency represented by the Prime Minister
1905 – 1908
Succeeded by
Fife East
Preceded by
Rutland
Constituency represented by the Father of the House
1907 – 1908
Succeeded by
Honiton

Election results[edit]

Arthur Ponsonby
General Election Dec 1910: Stirling Burghs[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Arthur Ponsonby unopposed
General Election January 1910[3]

Electorate 8,147

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Arthur Augustus William Harry Ponsonby 4,471 64.9 +4.2
Unionist Neil James Kennedy Cochran-Patrick 2,419 35.1 -4.2
Majority 2,052 29.8 +8.4
Turnout 84.6 +0.1
Liberal hold Swing +4.2
Stirling Burghs by-election, 1908[4]

Electorate 7,558

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Arthur Augustus William Harry Ponsonby 3,873 60.7 n/a
Unionist William Whitelaw 2,512 39.3 n/a
Majority 1,361 21.4 n/a
Turnout 84.5 n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a
General Election 1906: Stirling Burghs[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon. Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman unopposed
General Election January 1900[6]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon. Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman 2,715 56.6 -6.1
Liberal Unionist Oliver Thomas Duke 2,085 43.4 +6.1
Majority 630 12.2 -12.2
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing -6.1
Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman
General Election 1895: Stirling Burghs[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon Henry Campbell-Bannerman 2,783 62.7 +0.5
Tory Stuart Cunningham Macaskie 1,656 37.3 -0.5

At a by-election on 25 August 1892, having accepted office as Secretary of State for War, Henry Campbell-Bannerman was returned unopposed.[8]

General Election 1892: Stirling Burghs[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon Henry Campbell-Bannerman 2,791 62.2 -0.2
Liberal Unionist Walter Hughes 1,695 37.8 +0.2
General Election 1886: Stirling Burghs[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman GCB 2,440 62.4
Liberal Unionist John Fender 1,471 37.6

Henry Campbell-Bannerman was returned unopposed at the 1885 General Election and again on 10 February 1886 having accepted office as Secretary of State for War.[9]

General Election 1868: Stirling Burghs[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Henry Campbell 2,201
Liberal John Ramsay 1,682

References[edit]

  1. ^ COCHRANE (afterwards COCHRANE JOHNSTONE), Hon. Andrew James (1767-1833), of 13 Alsop's Buildings, New Road, Marylebone, Mdx. at The History of Parliament online. Accessed 8 September 2014.
  2. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1916
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885-1918
  4. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885-1918
  5. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1907
  6. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885-1918
  7. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench
  8. ^ a b Whitaker's Almanack, 1893
  9. ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1889
  10. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1870

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