Peebles and Selkirk (UK Parliament constituency)

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Peebles and Selkirk
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
18681918
Number of members One
Replaced by Peebles and Southern Midlothian
Roxburgh and Selkirk
Created from Peeblesshire
Selkirkshire

Peebles and Selkirk was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster) from 1868 to 1918. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post voting system.

Boundaries[edit]

The name relates the constituency to the counties of Peebles and Selkirk.

From 1708 to 1868 the counties had been covered, at least nominally, by the Peeblesshire and Selkirkshire constituencies.

When the Peebles and Selkirk constituency was abolished in 1918, the Peebles and Southern Midlothian and Roxburgh and Selkirk constituencies were created.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party Notes
1868 Sir Graham Graham-Montgomery, Bt Previously MP for Peeblesshire
1880 Charles Clow Tennant Liberal
1886 Sir Walter Thorburn Liberal Unionist Party
1906 Alexander Murray, Master of Elibank Liberal
Jan. 1910 William Younger Liberal
Dec. 1910 Sir Donald Maclean Liberal Subsequently MP for Peebles and Southern Midlothian
1918 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1885: Peebles and Selkirk [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir Charles Clow Tennant 1,746 62.7
Conservative Sir Graham Graham-Montgomery 1,038 37.3
Majority 708 25.4
Turnout 85.7
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1886: Peebles and Selkirk [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Walter Thorburn 1,375 50.9 +13.6
Liberal Sir Charles Clow Tennant 1,325 49.1 -13.6
Majority 50 1.8
Turnout 83.1
Liberal Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +13.6

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

Carmichael
General Election 1892: Peebles and Selkirk [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Walter Thorburn 1,603 54.0
Liberal Sir Thomas David Gibson-Carmichael 1,367 46.0
Majority 236 8.0
Turnout 87.4
Liberal Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1895: Peebles and Selkirk [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Sir Walter Thorburn 1,563 50.9 -3.1
Liberal Alexander Murray, The Master of Elibank 1,509 49.1 +3.1
Majority 54 1.8 -6.2
Turnout 87.7 +0.3
Liberal Unionist hold Swing -3.1

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

Edward Tennant
General Election 1900: Peebles and Selkirk [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Sir Walter Thorburn 1,598 53.5
Liberal Edward Priaulx Tennant 1,387 46.5
Majority 211 7.0
Turnout 82.8
Liberal Unionist hold Swing
Alexander Murray
General Election 1906: Peebles and Selkirk [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Alexander Murray, The Master of Elibank 1,955 55.8 +9.3
Liberal Unionist Sir Walter Thorburn 1,549 44.2 -9.3
Majority 406 11.6 18.6
Turnout 91.5 +8.7
Liberal gain from Liberal Unionist Swing +9.3

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

William Younger
General Election Jan 1910: Peebles and Selkirk [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William Younger 1,941 52.8
Liberal Unionist Samuel Strang Steel 1,735 47.2
Majority 206 5.6
Turnout 91.2
Liberal hold Swing
Donald Maclean
General Election Dec 1910: Peebles and Selkirk [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Donald Maclean 1,965 52.7 -0.1
Liberal Unionist Samuel Strang Steel 1,764 47.3 +0.1
Majority 201 5.4 -0.2
Turnout 90.8 -0.4
Liberal hold Swing -0.1

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;

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench, 1889
  3. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench, 1889
  4. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1892
  5. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1901
  6. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1901
  7. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1907
  8. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1916
  9. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1916