Haddingtonshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Haddingtonshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
17081918
Number of members One
Replaced by Berwick and Haddington
Created from Haddingtonshire

Haddingtonshire was a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1708 until 1918.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency was created in 1708 and encompassed the county of Haddingtonshire, with the exception, until 1885, of 3 towns (Haddington, Dunbar and North Berwick) which formed part of the separate constituency of Haddington Burghs. In 1918 it was amalgamated with neighbouring Berwickshire to form a new Berwick and Haddington constituency. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP), using the first-past-the-post voting system.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member [1] Party
1708 John Cockburn
1741 Lord Charles Hay
1747 Sir Hew Dalrymple
1761 Andrew Fletcher
1768 Sir George Suttie
1777 William Hamilton Nisbet
1780 Hew Dalrymple
1786 John Hamilton
1795 Hew Dalrymple-Hamilton
1800 Charles Hope
1816 Sir James Suttie
1826 Lord John Hay
1831 James Balfour
1835 Robert Ferguson
1837 Lord Ramsay Conservative
1838 by-election Sir Thomas Buchan-Hepburn Conservative
1847 Francis Charteris (styled Lord Elcho from 1853) Conservative
1883 by-election Lord Elcho Conservative
1885 Richard Burdon Haldane Liberal
1911 by-election John Deans Hope Liberal
1918 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1885: Haddingtonshire [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Richard Burdon Haldane 3,472 64.1 +16.6
Conservative Lord Elcho 1,945 35.9 -16.6
Majority
Turnout
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1886: Haddingtonshire [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Richard Burdon Haldane 2,677 61.0 -3.1
Liberal Unionist Philip Albert Myburgh 1,714 39.0 +3.1
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1892: Haddingtonshire [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Rt Hon. Richard Burdon Haldane 2,551 53.1 -7.9
Liberal Unionist The Master of Polwarth 2,255 46.9 +7.9
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1895: Haddingtonshire [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Rt Hon. Richard Burdon Haldane 2,774 55.8 +2.7
Conservative The Master of Polwarth 2,194 44.2 -2.7
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1900: Haddingtonshire [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Rt Hon. Richard Burdon Haldane 2,668 53.8 -2.0
Liberal Unionist John Kerr 2,290 46.2 +2.0
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1906: Haddingtonshire [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Rt Hon. Richard Burdon Haldane 3,469 60.2 +6.4
Conservative Gerard Craig Sellar 2,289 39.8 -6.4
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

B.H.Blyth
General Election Jan 1910: Haddingtonshire [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Rt Hon. Richard Burdon Haldane 3,771 61.9 +1.7
Conservative Benjamin Hall Blyth 3,026 38.1 -1.7
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
R.B.Haldane
General Election Dec 1910: Haddingtonshire [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Rt Hon. Richard Burdon Haldane 3,845 54.9 -7.0
Conservative Benjamin Hall Blyth 3,158 45.1 +7.0
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
J.D. Hope
Haddingtonshire by-election, 1911[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Deans Hope 3,652 53.4 -1.5
Conservative Benjamin Hall Blyth 3,184 46.6 +1.5
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing

General Election 1914/15:

Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;

References[edit]

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