Elgin Burghs (UK Parliament constituency)

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Elgin Burghs
Former District of burghs constituency
for the House of Commons
17081918
Number of members One
Replaced by Aberdeenshire East, Banffshire, Elginshire and Nairnshire and Kincardine and Aberdeenshire West,
Created from Banff, Cullen, Elgin, Inverurie and Kintore

Elgin Burghs was a district of burghs constituency of the House of Commons of Great Britain from 1708 to 1801 and of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom from 1801 to 1918. Until 1832, when Peterhead was added, the constituency comprised the parliamentary burghs of Elgin, Cullen, Banff, Inverurie and Kintore, lying in Elginshire (later known as Morayshire), Banffshire and Aberdeenshire.

In 1918 the constituency was abolished. Elgin became part of Elginshire and Nairnshire, Banff and Cullen part of Banffshire, Inverurie and Kintore part of Kincardine and Aberdeenshire West and Peterhead part of Aberdeenshire East.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member [1] Party
1708 Hon. Patrick Ogilvy
1710 Alexander Reid
1713 James Murray
1715 John Campbell, later Duke of Argyll
1722 William Fraser
1725 John Campbell, later Duke of Argyll
1727 William Steuart
1728 Patrick Campbell
1734 William Steuart
1741 Sir James Grant, Bt
1747 William Grant
1755 Sir Andrew Mitchell
1771 Thomas Lockhart
1774 Staats Long Morris
1784 William Adam
1790 Alexander Brodie
1802 Francis William Grant, later Earl of Seafield
1806 George Skene
1807 Archibald Campbell-Colquhoun
1810 William Dundas Tory
1812 Archibald Campbell Tory
1812 Patrick Milne Tory
1818 Robert Grant
1820 Archibald Farquharson
1826 Alexander Duff
1831 Sir William Gordon Gordon-Cumming, Bt
1832 Sir Andrew Leith Hay Whig
1838 Fox Maule, later Earl of Dalhousie Whig
1841 Sir Andrew Leith Hay Whig
1847 George Skene Duff Whig
1857 Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff Liberal
1881 by-election Alexander Asher Liberal
1905 by-election John Ebenezer Sutherland Liberal
1918 by-election Charles Coupar Barrie, later Baron Abertay Liberal
1918 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

At the General Election 1868 Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff was elected unopposed.[2]

Alexander Asher was elected unopposed at the General Election 1885, at a by-election on 12 February 1886 after acceptance of office, and again at the General Election 1886.[3]

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

Alexander Asher
General Election 1892: Elgin Burghs [4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Alexander Asher 1,668 59.7 n/a
Conservative James Augustus Grant 1,127 40.3 n/a
Majority 541 19.4 n/a
Turnout 66.8 n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a
General Election 1895: Elgin Burghs [6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Alexander Asher 1,853 61.5
Liberal Unionist Charles Thomas Gordon 1,161 38.5
Majority 692 23.0
Turnout 67.9
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1900: Elgin Burghs[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Alexander Asher 1,744 59.5 -2.0
Conservative John Moffat 1,187 40.5 +2.0
Majority 557 19.0 -4.0
Turnout 64.6 -3.3
Liberal hold Swing -2.0
Elgin Burghs by-election, 1905[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Sutherland 2,474 70.8
Conservative Patrick Rose-Innes 1,021 29.2
Majority 1,453 41.6
Turnout 73.6
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1906: Elgin Burghs [12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Sutherland 2,742 77.7 +6.9
Conservative Evan N B Mackenzie 786 22.3 -6.9
Majority 1,956 55.4 +13.8
Turnout 72.5 -1.1
Liberal hold Swing +6.9

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

W.G. Black
General Election Jan 1910: Elgin Burghs [14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Sutherland 3,031 71.6 -6.1
Liberal Unionist William George Black 1,201 28.4 +6.1
Majority 1,830 43.2 -12.2
Turnout 79.8
Liberal hold Swing -6.1
General Election Dec 1910: Elgin Burghs [16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Sutherland unopposed N/A N/A
Liberal hold Swing N/A
Charles Barrie
Elgin Burghs by-election, 1918 [17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Charles Barrie Unopposed N/A N/A
Liberal hold Swing N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "E" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ Debrett's House of Commons, 1870
  3. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench, 1889
  4. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1893
  5. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  6. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1901
  7. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  8. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1901
  9. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  10. ^ The Times, 11 September 1905, p4
  11. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  12. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1907
  13. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  14. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1916
  15. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  16. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1916
  17. ^ The Times, 26 October 1918

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