Renfrewshire (UK Parliament constituency)
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|Former County constituency|
for the House of Commons
|Subdivisions of Scotland||Renfrewshire|
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||Renfrewshire Eastern |
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.
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
|1708||Sir John Shaw|
|1710||Sir Robert Pollock|
|1727||Sir John Shaw|
|1742 by-election||William Mure|
|1783 by-election||William McDowall|
|1786 by-election||John Shaw-Stewart|
|1810 by-election||Archibald Speirs|
|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|
|1880 by-election||Alexander Crum||Liberal|
Elections in the 1850s
Mure resigned by accepting the office of Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds, causing a by-election.
Elections in the 1860s
|Liberal||Archibald Alexander Speirs||938||52.9||N/A|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||N/A|
|Liberal||Archibald Alexander Speirs||Unopposed|
Speirs' death caused a by-election.
Elections in the 1870s
Bruce was elevated to the peerage, becoming Lord Aberdare and causing a by-election.
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||N/A|
Elections in the 1880s
Mure's death caused a by-election.