Leith Burghs (UK Parliament constituency)

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Leith Burghs
Former District of burghs constituency
for the House of Commons
18321918
Number of members One
Replaced by Leith
Edinburgh East

Leith Burghs was a district of burghs constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1832 to 1918. The constituency represented the parliamentary burghs of Leith, Musselburgh and Portobello.

In 1918 Leith was included in Leith, while Musselburgh and Portobello were merged into Edinburgh East.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member [1][2][3] Party
1832 John Murray Liberal
1839 by-election Andrew Rutherfurd Liberal
1851 by-election James Moncreiff Liberal
1859 Sir William Miller Liberal
1868 Robert Andrew Macfie Liberal
1874 Donald Robert Macgregor Liberal
1878 Andrew Grant Liberal
1885 William Jacks Liberal
1886 Liberal Unionist
1886 William Ewart Gladstone Liberal
1886 Ronald Munro Ferguson Liberal
1914 George Welsh Currie Unionist
1918 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

Jacks
General Election 1885: Leith Burghs [4][5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Jacks 6,355 71.9 n/a
Conservative William David Thorburn 2,485 28.1 n/a
Majority 3,870 43.8 n/a
Turnout 75.0 n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a
Gladstone
General Election 1886: Leith Burghs [4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Ewart Gladstone unopposed n/a n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a
Ferguson
Leith Burghs by-election, 1886 [4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson 4,204 58.2 n/a
Independent Liberal Unionist Donald Robert Macgregor 1,528 21.1 n/a
Liberal Unionist William Jacks 1,499 20.7 n/a
Independent Liberal Unionist Henry Munster 3 0.0 n/a
Majority 2,676 37.1 n/a
Turnout 61.4 n/a
Liberal hold Swing n/a

Macgregor was supported by the local Conservative Association. Munster withdrew from the election after nominations had closed.

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1892: Leith Burghs [4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson 5,738 58.4 +0.2
Liberal Unionist William Alexander Bell 4,095 41.6 -0.2
Majority 1,643 16.8 -20.3
Turnout 74.5 +13.1
Liberal hold Swing +0.2
General Election 1895: Leith Burghs [4][5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson 5,819 55.4 +1.0
Liberal Unionist John Wilson 4,494 44.6 −1.0
Majority 1,325 12.8 +2.0
Turnout 73.8 -0.7
Liberal hold Swing +1.0

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1900: Leith Burghs [4][5][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson 6,043 53.6 −2.8
Liberal Unionist Edward Theodore Salvesen 5,226 46.4 +2.8
Majority 817 7.2 -5.6
Turnout 11,269 72.8 -1.0
Liberal hold Swing −2.8
General Election 1906: Leith Burghs [4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson 7,677 61.2 +7.6
Liberal Unionist Frank Towers Cooper 4,865 38.8 −7.6
Majority 2,802 22.4 +15.4
Turnout 73.9 +1.1
Liberal hold Swing +7.6

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election January 1910: Leith Burghs [4][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson 7,146 49.6 -11.6
Liberal Unionist Sir Robert Cranston 4,540 31.5 -7.3
Labour William Walker 2,724 18.9 n/a
Majority 2,606 18.1 -4.3
Turnout 83.0 +9.1
Liberal hold Swing -2.1
Ferguson
General Election December 1910: Leith Burghs [4][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson 7,069 57.2 +7.6
Liberal Unionist Frederick Alexander Macquisten 5,284 42.8 +11.3
Majority 1,785 14.4 +3.7
Turnout 68.7 -14.3
Liberal hold Swing +1.9
Currie
Leith Burghs by-election, 1914
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist George Welsh Currie 5,159 37.8 −5.0
Liberal Malcolm Smith 5,143 37.7 −19.5
Labour Joseph Nicholas Bell 3,346 24.5 n/a
Majority 16 0.1 14.5
Turnout 77.1 +8.4
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +7.2

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;

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
General Election 1880 [2]
Electorate: 10,333
Liberal hold Andrew Grant Liberal unopposed
By-election 29 Jan 1878 [2]
Electorate: 9,739
Liberal hold Andrew Grant Liberal 4,929
C. W. Tennant Conservative 1,788
General Election 1874 [2]
Electorate: 8,248
Liberal hold Donald Robert Macgregor Liberal 4,489
Robert Andrew Macfie Liberal 1,945
General Election 1868 [2][11]
Electorate: 6,223
Liberal hold Robert Andrew Macfie Liberal 2,907
William Miller Liberal 2,310
General Election 1859 [2]
Electorate: 2,139
Liberal hold William Miller Liberal 904
Robert Andrew Macfie Liberal 746
General Election 1857 [2]
Electorate: 1,973
Liberal hold James Moncreiff Liberal 821
William Miller Liberal 701
General Election 1852 [2]
Electorate: 2,027
Liberal hold James Moncreiff Liberal 643
T. W. Henderson Conservative 407
By-election 11 April 1851 [2] Liberal hold James Moncreiff Liberal unopposed
General Election 1847 [2]
Electorate: 1,888
Liberal hold Andrew Rutherfurd Liberal unopposed
General Election 1841 [2]
Electorate: 1,732
Liberal hold Andrew Rutherfurd Liberal unopposed
By-election 1839 [2] Liberal hold Andrew Rutherfurd Liberal unopposed
General Election 1837 [2]
Electorate: 2,171
Liberal hold John Archibald Murray Liberal unopposed
General Election 1835 [2]
Electorate: 1,838
Liberal hold John Archibald Murray Liberal unopposed
General Election 1832 [2]
Electorate: 1,624
Liberal win John Archibald Murray Liberal unopposed

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 554–555. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  3. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 515. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, FWS Craig
  5. ^ a b c d e f g The Liberal Year Book, 1907
  6. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1886
  7. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1901
  8. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1901
  9. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916
  10. ^ Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916
  11. ^ Debrett's House of Commons, 1870