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).
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.
Members of Parliament
|1710||Alexander Murray, later 3rd Baronet|
|1715||Alexander Murray||(c. 1686–1755)|
|1732 by-election||Sir James Naesmyth, 2nd Baronet|
|1741||Alexander Murray||(c. 1686–1755)|
|1767 by-election||Adam Hay|
|1768||James William Montgomery|
|June 1775 by-election||Adam Hay|
|December 1775 by-election||Sir Robert Murray-Keith|
|1783 by-election||Alexander Murray, later 7th Lord Elibank|
|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|
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- Union with Scotland Act 1706
- Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1832, Schedule A.
- Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1868, section 10.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]