Robert Ferguson (1802–1868)

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Robert Ferguson

Robert Ferguson (20 August 1802 – 28 November 1868)[1] was a Scottish Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1841 to 1862.

Known as Major Robert Ferguson of Assynt, Ross-shire. An officer in the 79th Regiment of Foot, he rose to become Colonel of the regiment, and a General in the Army. He was of the Fergusons, who were an ancient Highland family, he lived at Muirtown, Fife.

Robert Ferguson was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kirkcaldy Burghs at a by-election in 1841. He lived at no.5 Bolton Row, London. He was a member of the Athenaeum and Reform Clubs.

In politics he supported the Liberal agenda. He wanted electoral reform, male suffrage and the secret ballot. He supported Triennial fixed parliaments. He voted for revision of the Corn Laws and Income tax. He wished for abolition of the tax on knowledge, voting for universal schooling. He was in favour of diluting the prelacy, redistributing to local vicars and disestablishment. [2]

He was re-elected unopposed at the next 4 general elections, and at the 1859 election he held the seat with a narrow majority over his Liberal opponent William Vernon Harcourt[2] (who later became Chancellor of the Exchequer). Ferguson resigned his seat in the House of Commons in 1862, by the procedural device of accepting appointment as Steward of the Manor of Hempholme.[3]


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "K" (part 2)
  2. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 553. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  3. ^ "No. 7245". The Edinburgh Gazette. 1 August 1862. p. 1285. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Ferguson
Member of Parliament for Kirkcaldy Burghs
Succeeded by
Roger Sinclair Aytoun