Montrose Burghs (UK Parliament constituency)

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Montrose Burghs
Former District of burghs constituency
for the House of Commons
18321950
Number of members One
Replaced by North Angus & Mearns and South Angus
Created from Aberdeen Burghs and Perth Burghs

Montrose Burghs was a district of burghs constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1832 until 1950.

The constituency elected one Member of Parliament (MP) to represent the parliamentary burghs of Montrose, Arbroath, Brechin, Forfar and Inverbervie.

In 1950, Montrose, Brechin and Inverbervie were merged into North Angus and Mearns, and Arbroath and Forfar were merged into South Angus.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1832 Horatio Ross
1835 Patrick Chalmers
1842 by-election Joseph Hume
1855 by-election William Edward Baxter Liberal
1885 John Shiress Will Liberal
1896 by-election John Morley Liberal
1908 by-election Robert Venables Vernon Harcourt Liberal
1918 John Leng Sturrock Coalition Liberal
1922 National Liberal
1923 Liberal
1924 Robert Hutchison Liberal
1930 Independent Liberal
1931 National Liberal
1932 by-election Charles Kerr National Liberal
1940 by-election John Scott Maclay National Liberal
1950 constituency abolished: see North Angus & Mearns and South Angus

Elections[edit]

William Baxter
General Election 1868: Montrose Burghs [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William Edward Baxter 3,199
Col. Macdonald 1,027

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

John Shiress Will
General Election 1885: Montrose Burghs [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Shiress Will 3,532 49.9
Independent Liberal Alexander Gordon 2,779 39.3
Conservative Dr Alexander Mackenzie 763 10.8
Majority 753 10.6
Turnout 78.9
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1886: Montrose Burghs [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Shiress Will 3,357 61.7 +11.8
Liberal Unionist Arthur Patton 2,088 38.3 n/a
Majority 1,269 23.4
Turnout 60.7
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1892: Montrose Burghs[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Shiress Will 3,941 65.3
Liberal Unionist Robert Arthur Lockhart 2,090 34.7
Majority 1,851 30.6
Turnout 71.5
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1895: Montrose Burghs[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Shiress Will 3,594 59.3
Liberal Unionist George Washington Baxter 2,462 40.7
Majority 1,132 18.6
Turnout 71.4 -0.1
Liberal hold Swing
John Morley
Montrose Burghs by-election, 1896[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon. John Morley 4,565 64.0
Conservative John Wilson 2,572 36.0
Majority 1,993 28.0
Turnout 82.1
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1900: Montrose Burghs[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon. John Morley 3,960 62.4
Liberal Unionist John Birrell Don 2,390 37.6
Majority 1,570 24.8
Turnout 71.5
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1906: Montrose Burghs[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon. John Morley 4,416 69.7
Conservative Alexander Sprot 1,922 30.3
Majority 2,494 39.4
Turnout 75.7
Liberal hold Swing
Montrose Burghs by-election, 1908[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Robert Venables Vernon Harcourt 3,083 46.7
Ind. Labour Party Joseph Burgess 1,937
Conservative Andrew Henderson Briggs Constable 1,576
Majority 1,146 17.3
Turnout 80.4
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election January 1910: Montrose Burghs [10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Robert Venables Vernon Harcourt 3,606 50.9
Independent Labour Joseph Burgess 1,888 26.6
Conservative William Low 1,592
Majority 1,718 24.3
Turnout 84.2
Liberal hold Swing
General Election December 1910: Montrose Burghs [11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Robert Venables Vernon Harcourt 3,878 64.3
Conservative William Low 2,155 35.7
Majority 1,723 28.6
Turnout 72.0
Liberal hold Swing

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;

John Sturrock
General Election 1918: Montrose Burghs [13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal 9,309 76.0
Labour Henry Noel Brailsford 2,940 24.0
Majority 6,369 52.0
Turnout 49.1
Liberal hold Swing
  • endorsed by the Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Montrose Burghs[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Liberal John Leng Sturrock 8,407 54.4
Labour John Carnegie 7,044 45.6
Majority 1,363 8.8
Turnout 62.7
National Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1923: Montrose Burghs [15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Leng Sturrock 8,717 55.3
Labour John Carnegie 7,032 44.7
Majority 1,685 10.6
Turnout 62.9
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1924: Montrose Burghs [16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir Robert Hutchison 9,226 57.2
Labour Thomas Barron 6,914 42.8
Majority 2,312 14.4
Turnout 68.5
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1929: Montrose Burghs[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir Robert Hutchison 11,715 55.5
Labour T Irwin 9,381 44.5
Majority 2,334 11.0
Turnout 71.3
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Montrose Burghs[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Sir Robert Hutchison 17,212 77.0
Labour A F MacIntosh 5,137 23.0
Majority 12,075 54.0
Turnout 74.6
Liberal National hold Swing
Montrose Burghs by-election, 1932[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Charles Iain Kerr 7,963 46.9
Labour Rt Hon. Thomas Kennedy 7,030 41.4
National (Scotland) D. Emslie 1,996 11.7
Majority 933 5.5
Turnout 56.7
Liberal National hold Swing
General Election 1935: Montrose Burghs [20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Charles Iain Kerr 15,198 69.6
Labour J.E. Harper 6,632 30.4
Majority 8,566 39.2
Turnout 70.6
Liberal National hold Swing

General Election 1939/40

Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the Autumn of 1939, the following candidates had been selected;

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

Montrose Burghs by-election, 1940[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Hon. John Scott Maclay unopposed n/a n/a
Liberal National hold Swing n/a
General Election 1945: Montrose Burghs [23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Hon. John Scott Maclay 13,966 58.2
Labour Thomas Alexander MacNair 10,011 41.8
Majority 3,955 16.4
Turnout 72.3
Liberal National hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1870
  2. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  3. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1889
  4. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1893
  5. ^ WhitakeDebrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1901
  6. ^ WhitakeDebrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1901
  7. ^ WhitakeDebrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1901
  8. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1907
  9. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1889
  10. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1889
  11. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1889
  12. ^ Dundee Courier 29 Apr 1914
  13. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1920
  14. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  15. ^ The Times, 8 December 1923
  16. ^ Oliver & Boyd's Edinburgh Almanac, 1927
  17. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  18. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  19. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1934
  20. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1939
  21. ^ Report of the Annual Conference of the Labour Party, 1939
  22. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1944
  23. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1946