Clackmannanshire and Kinross-shire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Clackmannanshire and Kinross-shire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland Clackmannanshire, Kinross-shire
18321918
Number of members One
Replaced by Clackmannan & Eastern Stirlingshire
Kinross & Western Perthshire
Created from Clackmannanshire and Kinross-shire

Clackmannanshire and Kinross-shire was a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1832 to 1918.

From 1708 to 1832 Clackmannanshire and Kinross-shire had been paired as alternating constituencies: one of the constituencies elected a Member of Parliament (MP) to one parliament, the other to the next.

From 1832, the two were joined by the Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1832 in a single constituency of Clackmannanshire and Kinross-shire. The constituency also included the parishes of Tulliallan, Culross and Muckhart in Perthshire, the Perthshire portions of the parishes of Logie and Fossaway, and the Stirlingshire part of the parish of Alva.

From 1918, Clackmannanshire was represented as part of Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire, and Kinross-shire as part of Kinross and Western Perthshire.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member [1] Party
1832 Sir Charles Adam Liberal
1841 George Abercromby Liberal
1842 by-election Sir William Morison Liberal
1851 by-election James Johnstone Liberal
1857 Viscount Melgund Liberal
1859 Sir William Patrick Adam Liberal
1880 by-election John Balfour Liberal
1899 by-election Eugene Wason Liberal
1918 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

At the General Election 1868 William Patrick Adam was returned unopposed. The seat was vacated following his acceptance of office as a Lord of the Treasury and he was returned unopposed on 6 January 1869 [2]

General Election 1880: Clackmannan and Kinross Shires [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Patrick Adam 1,150 71.1
Conservative J. R. Haig 468 28.9
Majority 682 42.2
Liberal hold Swing

The Clackmannanshire and Kinross-shire by-election, 1880 was held due to Adam's appointment as Governor of Madras. John Balfour was returned unopposed. Balfour was again returned unopposed at the 1885 General Election. He accepted office as Lord Advocate, and was yet again returned unopposed at the Clackmannanshire and Kinross-shire by-election, 1886.[4]

John Balfour
General Election 1886: Clackmannan and Kinross Shires [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Rt Hon. John Blair Balfour 3,159 63.1 -8.0
Liberal Unionist Charles Congalton Bethune 1,844 36.9 +8.0
Majority 1,315 26.3 -15.9
Liberal hold Swing -8.0
General Election 1892: Clackmannan and Kinross Shires [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Rt Hon. John Blair Balfour 3,541 64.7 +1.6
Liberal Unionist J.E.T. Atchison 1,928 35.3 -1.6
Majority 1,613 29.4 +3.1
Liberal hold Swing +1.6

John Balfour was returned unopposed at the Clackmannanshire and Kinross-shire by-election, 1892, having accepted office as Lord Advocate.[5]

General Election 1895: Clackmannan and Kinross Shires [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Rt Hon. John Blair Balfour 3,133 54.8 -9.9
Conservative George Younger 2,588 45.2 +9.9
Majority 545 9.5 -19.9
Liberal hold Swing -9.9
Clackmannanshire and Kinross-shire by-election, 1899
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Eugene Wason 3,489 54.0 -0.8
Conservative George Younger 2,973 46.0 +0.8
Majority 516 8.0 -1.5
Liberal hold Swing -0.8
General Election 1900: Clackmannan and Kinross Shires [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Eugene Wason 3,284 52.8 -1.2
Conservative George Younger 2,933 47.2 +1.2
Majority 351 5.6 -2.4
Liberal hold Swing -1.2
General Election 1906: Clackmannan and Kinross Shires [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Eugene Wason 4,027 60.3 +7.5
Conservative James Avon Clyde 2,648 39.7 -7.5
Majority 1,379 20.6 +15.0
Liberal hold Swing +7.5
Eugene Wason
General Election, January 1910: Clackmannan and Kinross Shires[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Eugene Wason 3,971 59.5 -0.8
Conservative Nelson Briggs Constable 2,703 40.5 +0.8
Majority 1,268 19.0 -1.6
Liberal hold Swing -0.8

At the December 1910 general election Eugene Wason was returned unopposed.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 4)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ Debrett's House of Commons, 1870
  3. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1881
  4. ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1889
  5. ^ a b Whitaker's Almanack, 1893
  6. ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1901
  7. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1907
  8. ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1916