James Galloway Weir

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James Galloway Weir

James Galloway Weir (6 July 1839 – 18 May 1911)[1][2] was a Scottish businessman and Liberal Party politician.[3][4][5]

Biography[edit]

Born in Scotland, he was the son of a builder, James Ross Weir. He was a pupil at Dollar Academy before moving with his family to London as a young man. He worked as a travelling salesman for a haberdashery company before he went into business on his own account in 1863 importing sewing machines.[1] He retired from business in about 1879/80 to pursue politics full-time.[1] Weir's brother, John Weir became the secretary of the Fife and Kinross Miners' Association.[6]

He unsuccessfully contested the Falkirk Burghs constituency in 1885, when he got a derisory vote. He was elected MP for Ross and Cromarty in 1892,

General Election 1892: Ross and Cromarty Shire [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal James Galloway Weir 3,171
Liberal Unionist N. McLean 2,413

holding the seat until his death.

General Election 1895: Ross and Cromarty Shire [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal James Galloway Weir 3,272
Conservative Randle Jackson 2,413
General Election 1900: Ross and Cromarty Shire [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal James Galloway Weir 3,554
Liberal Unionist I.D. Fletcher 1,651
General Election 1906: Ross and Cromarty Shire [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal James Galloway Weir 3,883
Conservative J.C. Watt KC 1,773
General Election Jan 1910: Ross and Cromarty Shire [10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal James Galloway Weir 4,430
Liberal Unionist Neil Maclean 1,418
General Election Dec 1910: Ross and Cromarty Shire [10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal James Galloway Weir unopposed

He was also elected to the London County Council in 1892 to represent Islington East as a member of the majority Liberal-backed Progressive Party.[11]

He died at his home in Frognal, Hampstead in 1911 aged 71, and was buried at Marylebone Cemetery.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Askaroff, Alex I. "James Galloway Weir, sewing manufacturer to her majesty The Queen, incorporating Chas. Raymond Sewing Machines". Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "R" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ "More on Weir". International Sewing Machine Collectors Society. 
  4. ^ "WEIR, James Galloway". Who Was Who. Oxford University Press. December 2007. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Obituary: Mr. Galloway Weir". The Times. 19 May 1911. p. 11. 
  6. ^ "Election intelligence", Manchester Guardian, 20 June 1889
  7. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1893
  8. ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1901
  9. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1907
  10. ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1916
  11. ^ The London County Council Election, The Times, 7 March 1892, p.10

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Roderick Macdonald
Member of Parliament for Ross and Cromarty
1892 – 1911
Succeeded by
Ian Macpherson