Renfrewshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Renfrewshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland Renfrewshire
17081885
Number of members One
Replaced by Renfrewshire Eastern
Renfrewshire Western

Renfrewshire was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of Great Britain from 1708 until 1801 and of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1801 to 1885. In 1885 the Renfrewshire constituency area was divided into two new constituencies: Renfrewshire Eastern and Renfrewshire Western.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency covered the county of Renfrewshire, minus the parliamentary burgh of Renfrew throughout the 1708 to 1885 period, and minus the parliamentary burgh of Port Glasgow and the Paisley and Greenock constituencies from 1832 to 1885.

The burgh of Renfrew was a component of Glasgow Burghs until 1832, when it became a component of Kilmarnock Burghs. Port Glasgow became a parliamentary burgh in 1832, and another component of Kilmarnock Burghs.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1708 Sir John Shaw
1710 Sir Robert Pollock
1722 Thomas Cochrane
1727 Sir John Shaw
1734 Alexander Cunninghame
1742 by-election William Mure
1761 Patrick Craufurd
1768 William Macdowall
1774 John Craufurd
1780 John Shaw-Stewart
1783 by-election William Macdowall
1786 by-election John Shaw-Stewart
1796 Boyd Alexander
1810 by-election Archibald Speirs
1818 John Maxwell
1830 Sir Michael Shaw-Stewart, 6th Baronet
1837 by-election George Houstoun Conservative
1841 Patrick Maxwell Stewart Liberal
1846 by-election William Mure Conservative
1855 by-election Sir Michael Shaw-Stewart, 7th Baronet Conservative
1865 Archibald Alexander Speirs Liberal
1869 by-election Henry Bruce Liberal
1873 by-election Archibald Campbell Conservative
1874 William Mure Liberal
1880 by-election Alexander Crum Liberal

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1860s[edit]

General Election 1865: Renfrewshire[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Archibald Alexander Speirs 938 52.9 N/A
Conservative Michael Shaw-Stewart 836 47.1 N/A
Majority 102 5.7 N/A
Turnout 1,774 77.9 N/A
Registered electors 2,276
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing N/A
General Election 1868: Renfrewshire[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Archibald Alexander Speirs Unopposed
Registered electors 3,571
Liberal hold

Speirs' death caused a by-election.

By-election, 25 January 1869: Renfrewshire[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Henry Bruce Unopposed
Liberal hold

Elections in the 1870s[edit]

Bruce was elevated to the peerage, becoming Lord Aberdare and causing a by-election.

By-election, 13 Sep 1873: Renfrewshire[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Archibald Campbell 1,855 52.5 N/A
Liberal William Mure 1,677 47.5 N/A
Majority 178 5.0 N/A
Turnout 3,532 80.5 N/A
Registered electors 4,385
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing N/A
General Election 1874: Renfrewshire[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Mure 1,991 51.1 N/A
Conservative Archibald Campbell 1,903 48.9 N/A
Majority 88 2.3 N/A
Turnout 3,894 85.2 N/A
Registered electors 4,572
Liberal hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1880: Renfrewshire[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Mure 2,815 54.6 +3.5
Conservative Archibald Campbell 2,341 45.4 −3.5
Majority 474 9.2 +6.9
Turnout 5,156 85.4 +0.2
Registered electors 6,038
Liberal hold Swing +3.5

Mure's death caused a by-election.

By-election, 30 Nov 1880: Renfrewshire[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Alexander Crum Unopposed
Liberal hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Craig, F. W. S., ed. (1977). British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (e-book) (1st ed.). London: Macmillan Press. pp. 600–601. ISBN 978-1-349-02349-3.