Hawick Burghs (UK Parliament constituency)

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Hawick Burghs
Former District of burghs constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire
Major settlements Hawick, Galashiels, and Selkirk
18681918
Number of members One

Hawick Burghs was a district of burghs constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1868 until 1918. It consisted of the Roxburghshire burgh of Hawick and the Selkirkshire burghs of Galashiels and Selkirk.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party Notes
1868 George Otto Trevelyan Liberal later a Liberal Unionist
1886 Alexander Laing Brown Liberal
1892 Thomas Shaw Liberal later Baron Craigmyle
1909 by-election Sir John Barran Liberal
1918 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

G.O. Trevelyan

George Otto Trevelyan was returned without opposition at the 1868 general election and again after acceptance of office at a by-election on 14 January 1869.[2]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

George Otto Trevelyan was returned without opposition at the 1885 general election and again after acceptance of office as Secretary for Scotland, at a by-election on 10 February 1886.

General Election 1886: Hawick Burghs [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Alexander Laing Brown 2,523 50.3
Liberal Unionist Rt Hon. Sir George Otto Trevelyan 2,493 49.7
Majority 30 0.6
Turnout 88.3
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

Thomas Shaw
General Election 1892: Hawick Burghs [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Thomas Shaw 3,004 53.2
Liberal Unionist Robert Fraser Watson 2,639 46.8
Majority 365 6.4
Turnout 89.7
Liberal hold Swing
Hawick Burghs by-election, 1894[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Thomas Shaw 3,203 55.6
Liberal Unionist Ralph Wardlaw McLeod Fullarton 2,556 44.4
Majority 647 11.2
Turnout 91.4
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1895: Hawick Burghs [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Thomas Shaw 3,033 54.5 -1.1
Liberal Unionist John Sanderson 2,531 45.5 +1.1
Majority 502 9.0 -2.2
Turnout 87.5 -3.9
Liberal hold Swing -1.1

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

Thomas Shaw
General Election 1900: Hawick Burghs [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Thomas Shaw 2,611 52.3
Liberal Unionist John Sanderson 2,386 47.7
Majority 225 4.6
Turnout 85.1
Liberal hold Swing
Conan Doyle
General Election 1906: Hawick Burghs [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon. Thomas Shaw 3,125 56.1 +3.8
Liberal Unionist Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle 2,444 43.9 -3.8
Majority 681 12.2 +7.6
Turnout 92.0 +6.9
Liberal hold Swing +3.8
H.J. Mackinder
Hawick Burghs by-election, 1909[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir John Nicholson Barran 3,028 54.7
Liberal Unionist Halford John Mackinder 2,508 45.3
Majority 520 9.4
Turnout 92.8
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

Sir John Barran
General Election Jan 1910: Hawick Burghs [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir John Nicholson Barran 3,261 59.0 +4.3
Liberal Unionist James Edward Graham 2,268 41.0 -4.3
Majority 993 18.0 +8.6
Turnout 91.7 -1.1
Liberal hold Swing +4.3
General Election Dec 1910: Hawick Burghs [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir John Nicholson Barran unopposed n/a n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a

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 2)[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. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1893
  6. ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1901
  7. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1907
  8. ^ The Times, 6 March 1909
  9. ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench, 1916