Joseph Dobbie

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Joseph Dobbie

Sir Joseph Dobbie (1862 – 18 May 1943) was a British Liberal Party politician.

Background[edit]

He was a son of James Dobbie. He was educated at the Ayr Academy and Edinburgh University[1]

Career[edit]

He was a Liberal in favour of social reform. He gained a parliamentary seat from the Unionists at the Ayr Burghs by-election of 1904;

Ayr Burghs by-election, 1904[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Joseph Dobbie 3,221 50.3 +5.6
Unionist George Younger 3,177 49.7 -5.6
Turnout 88.4 +2.1
Majority 44 0.6 11.2
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +5.6

He sat as Liberal MP for Ayr Burghs from 1904 to 1906, but lost the seat back to the Unionist at the January 1906 general election;

General Election January 1906[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist George Younger 3,766 51.8 +2.1
Liberal Joseph Dobbie 3,505 48.2 -2.1
Turnout 90.5 +2.1
Majority 261 3.6 4.2
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +2.1

He was a Member of the Departmental Committee on Housing in 1908. He was Chairman of the Royal Scots Recruiting Committee from 1914 to 1916.[4] He attempted a return to parliament after a 12-year break, without success, when he contested Edinburgh Central at the 1918 general election;

General Election 1918: Edinburgh Central[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Graham 7,159 51.3
Liberal Joseph Dobbie 6,795 48.7
Turnout
Majority 364 2.6
Labour gain from Liberal Swing

He did not stand for parliament again.[6] Dobbie was knighted in the 1920 Birthday Honours for public and local services in Edinburgh.[7] He was Head of Dalgleish, Dobbie & Co., SSC, Edinburgh. He was a Justice of the Peace in the City of Edinburgh. He was a Legal Member of the Edinburgh Military Tribunal. He was President of the Scottish Vernacular Association.[8]

Sources[edit]

  • Who Was Who
  • British parliamentary election results 1885–1918, Craig, F. W. S.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Who Was Who
  2. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885-1918 by Craig
  3. ^ British parliamentary election results 1885-1918 by Craig
  4. ^ Who Was Who
  5. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1920
  6. ^ British parliamentary election results 1918-1949, Craig, F. W. S.
  7. ^ London Gazette, 31931, 4 June 1920, page 6320.
  8. ^ Who Was Who

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Lindsay Orr-Ewing
Member of Parliament for Ayr Burghs
19041906
Succeeded by
George Younger