Aberdeenshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland Aberdeenshire
Number of members One
Replaced by Eastern Aberdeenshire
Western Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire was a Scottish county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of Great Britain from 1708 to 1800 and of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1801 until 1868. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP).

In 1868 it was divided to create Eastern Aberdeenshire and Western Aberdeenshire.


When created in 1708, the constituency covered the county of Aberdeen minus the burgh of Aberdeen, which was part of the Aberdeen Burghs constituency.[citation needed]

Under the Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1832 the Aberdeen burgh constituency was created to cover the burgh plus areas previously within the Aberdeenshire constituency.[1]

In 1868, the Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1868 divided Aberdeenshire to form Eastern Aberdeenshire and Western Aberdeenshire, and these new constituencies were first used in the 1868 general election.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election [2] Member [3] Party Notes
1708 Lord Haddo Tory
1709 by-election Sir Alexander Cumming, Bt
1722 Sir Archibald Grant, Bt expelled due to his role in the Charitable Corporation
1732 by-election Sir Arthur Forbes, Bt
1747 Andrew Mitchell MP for Elgin Burghs 1755–1771
1754 Lord Adam Gordon MP for Kincardineshire 1774–1788
1768 Alexander Garden Independent
1786 by-election George Skene Whig MP for Elgin Burghs 1806–1807
1790 James Ferguson Tory MP for Banffshire 1789–1790
Sept 1820 by-election William Gordon Tory Royal Navy officer, Commander-in-Chief, The Nore
1834 Conservative
1854 by-election Lord Haddo Liberal succeeded as Earl of Aberdeen in 1860
1861 by-election William Leslie Conservative resigned May 1866
1866 by-election William Dingwall Fordyce Liberal afterwards MP for East Aberdeenshire
1868 constituency divided: see Eastern Aberdeenshire and Western Aberdeenshire

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1832, Schedules (A) (County constituencies) and (M) (boundaries of Aberdeen burgh constituency).
  2. ^ Stooks Smith, Henry. (1973) [1844–1850]. Craig, F. W. S., ed. The Parliaments of England (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 615. ISBN 0-900178-13-2. 
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]