Peeblesshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland Peeblesshire
Number of members One
Replaced by Peebles & Selkirk

Peeblesshire was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster) from 1708 until 1868. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post voting system.


The name relates the constituency to the county of Peebles. Article XII of the Union with Scotland Act 1706 (Act settling the Manner of electing the Representatives of Scotland), provided that one representative should be chosen for every shire and steuartry (except for some shires which were to take turns).[1]

This arrangement was continued by the Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1832.[2]

The Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1868 abolished the rights of the counties of Peebles and Selkirk to return a member, and provided that those counties should jointly return a member, thereby establishing the Peebles and Selkirk constituency.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1708 William Morison
1710 Alexander Murray, later 3rd Baronet
1713 William Morison
1715 Alexander Murray (c. 1686–1755)
1722 John Douglas
1732 by-election Sir James Naesmyth, 2nd Baronet
1741 Alexander Murray (c. 1686–1755)
1747 John Dickson
1767 by-election Adam Hay
1768 James William Montgomery
June 1775 by-election Adam Hay
December 1775 by-election Sir Robert Murray-Keith
1780 Alexander Murray
1783 by-election Alexander Murray, later 7th Lord Elibank
1784 David Murray
1790 William Montgomery
1800 by-election Sir James Montgomery, 2nd Bt
1831 by-election Sir George Montgomery, 2nd Bt
1831 Sir John Hay, Bt
1837 William Forbes Mackenzie Conservative
1852 Sir Graham Graham-Montgomery, Bt
Subsequently, MP for Peebles and Selkirk
1868 Constituency abolished. See Peebles and Selkirk

Election results[edit]


  1. ^ Union with Scotland Act 1706
  2. ^ Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1832, Schedule A.
  3. ^ Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1868, section 10.
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]