James Cowan (Scottish politician)

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James Cowan (1816 – 24 November 1895)[1] was a Liberal Party politician in Scotland.

He was the son of Alexander Cowan, papermaker and philanthropist. He was one of eleven children including Charles Cowan MP, and Sir John Cowan Bart..[2]

He was Lord Provost of Edinburgh from 1872 to 1874.[3]

He was elected at the 1874 general election as a Member of Parliament for Edinburgh,[4] and held the seat until he resigned from the House of Commons in 1882[4] by the procedural device of taking the office of Crown Steward and Bailiff of the three Chiltern Hundreds of Stoke, Desborough and Burnham.


  1. ^ "House of Commons constituencies beginning with "E" (part 1)". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 11 April 2009. 
  2. ^ Oxford National Dictionary of Biography
  3. ^ Wood, Marguerite; Whitson, Sir Thomas Barnby (1932). The Lord Provosts of Edinburgh, 1296-1932. Edinburgh. p. 131. 
  4. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 540. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Duncan McLaren
John Miller
Member of Parliament for Edinburgh
With: Duncan McLaren to Jan 1881
John McLaren Jan–Aug 1881
Thomas Buchanan 1881–1882
Succeeded by
John McLaren
Samuel Danks Waddy