Perthshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland Perthshire
Number of members One
Replaced by Eastern Perthshire
Western Perthshire

Perthshire was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of Great Britain from 1708 to 1801 and of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1801 until 1885, representing a seat for one Member of Parliament (MP).


The constituency was created to cover the county of Perth, minus the burgh of Perth, which was a component of the Perth Burghs constituency.

In 1832, as a result of the Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1832, the Perth Burghs constituency was abolished, the Perth burgh constituency was created, and five detached parishes of the county were merged into the Clackmannanshire and Kinross-shire constituency.[1]

In 1885, as a result of the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, the Perthshire constituency was divided to create Eastern Perthshire and Western Perthshire.[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party Notes
15 June 1708 Dougal Stewart Tory Also sat for Buteshire [2]
25 October 1710 Lord James Murray
10 February 1715 Lord James Murray Later 2nd Duke of Atholl
By-election, 31 December 1724 David Graeme
By-election, 28 April 1726 Mungo Haldane Previously MP for Stirlingshire 1715–22, and for Dunbartonshire 1722–25
12 October 1727 John Drummond
9 May 1734 Lord John Murray
21 April 1761 John Murray
By-election, 23 March 1764 David Graeme Diplomat and British Army general
By-election, 11 June 1773 James Murray of Strowan
By-election, 11 April 1794 Thomas Graham
19 May 1807 Lord James Murray Later 1st Baron Glenlyon
By-election, 19 March 1812 James Drummond Tory
By-election, 6 April 1824 Sir George Murray Tory
29 December 1832 The Earl of Ormelie Whig Later 2nd Marquess of Breadalbane
By-election, 5 May 1834 Sir George Murray Conservative
17 January 1835 Hon. Fox Maule
4 August 1837 Viscount Stormont Conservative
By-election, 9 March 1840 Henry Home-Drummond Conservative/Peelite
16 July 1852 Sir William Stirling, Bt Conservative Changed name to Sir William Stirling-Maxwell in March 1866
23 November 1868 Charles Stuart Parker Liberal MP for Perth 1878–92
12 February 1874 Sir William Stirling-Maxwell, Bt Conservative
By-election, 4 February 1878 Henry Edward Home-Drummond-Moray Conservative
5 April 1880 Sir Donald Currie Liberal subsequently MP for Western Perthshire
1885 constituency divided. See Eastern Perthshire and Western Perthshire

Election results[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Boundaries of Parliamentary Constituencies 1885-1972 (ISBN 0-900178-09-4), F. W. S. Craig 1972
  2. ^ Dougal Stewart was also returned for Buteshire at the general election in 1708 and appears to have been permitted to sit for both seats until his appointment as a Lord of Session on 7 Jun 1709. No writ for a fresh election appears to have been issued before the general election in 1710