Hugh Ferguson

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For the Motherwell F.C. & Cardiff City F.C. player, see Hughie Ferguson. For the Ballymena United F.C. & Bradford City A.F.C. player, see Hugh Ferguson (footballer).

Hugh Ferguson (1863 – 4 November 1937) was a Unionist politician.

After a career as a soldier, Ferguson became involved in the Orange Order, a Protestant Unionist organisation based in Ireland. Believing that there was a base for his politics in the west of Scotland, he stood for the Motherwell constituency in several Parliamentary elections.

In the 1918 general election, Ferguson won only 10.7% of the vote. However, in the 1922 election, there was no official Unionist candidate, and standing as an "Independent Unionist", Ferguson came a close second with 29.1%. By the 1923 election, he was able to secure his adoption as the official Unionist candidate,[1] and narrowly took the seat. However, he held it for only a year, losing by an equally slim margin.

Ferguson then faded from public view. In 1933, he was convicted of receiving stolen goods, namely iron plates and railway chairs. He died on 4 November 1937.[2]


  • Michael Stenton and Stephen Lees, Who's Who of British MPs: Volume III, 1919-1945
  1. ^ although The Times of 8 Dec 1923 lists him as an Independent candidate
  2. ^ "Members since 1979[permanent dead link]", House of Commons Library Research Paper 09/31, p. 179.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Walton Newbold
Member of Parliament for Motherwell
Succeeded by
James Barr