Scottish Westminster constituencies 1983 to 1997

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The results of the Third Periodical Review of the Boundary Commission for Scotland were implemented for the 1983 general election of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster).

The review defined 30 burgh constituencies (BCs) and 42 county constituencies (CCs), with each electing one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. Therefore, Scotland had 72 parliamentary seats.[1]

Scottish Westminster constituencies, 1983–1997.

In 1975, Scottish counties had been abolished under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, and the Third Periodical Review took account of new local government boundaries, which defined two-tier regions and districts and unitary islands council areas. No new constituency straddled a regional boundary, and each islands council area was entirely within one constituency.[1]

The boundary commission was required to designate each new constituency as either burgh or county but had no predetermined basis on which to do so. The commission took the view that each constituency with more than a token rural electorate would be a county constituency, and others, predominantly urban, would be burgh constituencies.[1]

1983 boundaries were used also in the general elections of 1987 and 1992.

The results of the Fourth Periodical Review were implemented for the 1997 general election


Regions, except Strathclyde[edit]

Region Constituencies Contents of constituency[1]
Borders Roxburgh and Berwickshire CC Roxburgh district
Berwickshire district
Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale CC Tweeddale district
Ettrick and Lauderdale district
Central Clackmannan CC Clackmannan district
In Falkirk district: Carseland (13) regional electoral division
In Stirling district: Kinnaird (29) regional electoral division
Falkirk East CC In Falkirk district: Bainsford (19), Dundas (22), Kalantyre (23), Sealock (24), Carriden (25), Kinneil (26), Braes (32), and Avonside regional electoral divisions
Falkirk West CC In Falkirk district: Callander (17), Grahamsdyke (18), Glenfuir (20), Carmuirs (21), Herbertshire (27), Tryst (28), Carronglen (30), and Bonnybridge (31) regional electoral divisions
Stirling CC Stirling district except Carseland (13) regional electoral division
Dumfries and Galloway Dumfries CC Annandale and Eskdale district
In Nithsdale district: Locharbriggs (17), Tinwald Downs (18), Lochar (19), St Marys (21), Noblehill (22), St Michaels (23), Rotchwell (24), Palmerston (25), Lochside (26), and Maryholm (27) electoral divisions
Galloway and Upper Nithsdale CC Stewartry district
Wigtown district
In Nithsdale district: Kirkconnel (14), Sanquhar and Queensberry (15), Mid Nithsdale (16), and Mabie (20) regional electoral divisions
Fife Central Fife CC In Kirkcaldy district: Denbeath/Aberhill (10), Mountfleurie/Methilhill/Methil North (11), Leven (12), Kennoway/Windygates (13), Leslie/Markinch Star (14), Auchmuty/Woodside (15), Pitteuchar/Stenton/Balgonie (16), South Parks/Rimbleton (17), and Southwood/Caskieberran (18) regional electoral divisions[2]
Dunfermline East CC In Dunfermline district: Kelty/Lumphinnans (31), Ballingry/Lochore (32), Lochgelly (33), Aberdour/Dalgety Bay/North Queensferry (34), Inverkeithing/Rosyth (35), Cowdenbeath/Gray Park (36), Hill of Beath/Crossgates/Cowdenbeath (37), and Dunfermline/Rosyth regional electoral divisions[2]
In Kirkcaldy district: Auchterderran (19) regional electoral division[2]
Dunfermline West CC In Dunfermline district: Kincardine/Culross (29), Torryburn/Oakley (30), Dunfermline/Halbeath Kingseat (38), Dunfermline/Milesmark (39), Dunfermline/Crossford (40), Dunfermline/Limekilns (41), Dunfermline/Garvock (42), Dunfermline/Woodmill (43), and Dunfermline/ Aberdour Road (44) regional electoral divisions[2]
Kirkcaldy CC In Kirkcaldy district: Burntisland/Kinghorn (1), Auchtertool/Linktown/Invertiel (2), Bennochy/Chapel/Cluny (3), Dunnikier (4), Bennochy/Dunearn (5), Hayfield/Kirkcaldy Central (6), Smeaton/Sinclairtown (7), Gallatown/Dysart/Coaltown of Wemyss/Thornton (8), and Buckhaven/East Wemyss (9) regional electoral divisions[2]
North East Fife CC North East Fife district
Grampian Aberdeen North BC In City of Aberdeen district: Woodside (25), St Machar (26), Northfield East (27), Northfield West (28), Kittybrewster (29), Seaton (30), Mastrick (31), Ashgrove (32), Summerfield (33), and Brimmond (48) regional electoral divisions
Aberdeen South BC In City of Aberdeen district: Rosemount (34), Rubislaw (35), St Clements (36), St Nicholas (37), Hazlehead (38), Holburn (39), Ferryhill (40), Torry (41), and Nigg (45) regional electoral divisions
Banff and Buchan CC Banff and Buchan district
Gordon CC Gordon district
In Aberdeen district: West Don (47) and East Don (49) regional electoral divisions
Kincardine and Deeside CC Kincardine and Deeside district
In Aberdeen district: Craigton (42), Auchinyell (43), Kincorth (44), and Peterculter (46) regional electoral divisions
Moray CC Moray district
Highland Caithness and Sutherland CC Caithness district
Sutherland district
Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber CC Badenoch and Strathspey district
Lochaber district
Nairn district
In Inverness district, Merkinch (31), Dalneigh-Muirtown (32), Ballifeary and Columba (33), Ness Central (34), Crown-Raigmore (35), Old Edinburgh (36), Drummond (37), Hilton (38), Ardersier Petty and Culloden (39), Inverness East (39A), and Strathdearn Strathnairn and Loch Ness East (40) regional electoral divisions
Ross, Cromarty and Skye CC Ross and Cromarty district
Skye and Lochalsh district
In Inverness district: Aird South (41), Charlston (41A), and Aird North (42) regional electoral divisions
Lothian Edinburgh Central BC In City of Edinburgh district: Murrayfield/Dean (20), New Town/Stockbridge (21), Dalry/Shandon (27), Haymarket/Tollcross (28), and St Giles/Holyrood (29) regional electoral divisions
Edinburgh East BC In City of Edinburgh district: Calton/Lochend (22), Willowbrae/Mountcastle (30), Portobello/Milton (31), and Niddrie/Craigmillar (29), regional electoral divisions and Craigentinny (30) district ward
Edinburgh Leith BC In City of Edinburgh district: Pilton/Muirhouse (12), Granton/Trinity (13), Newhaven/Fort (14), Broughton/Inverleith (17), and Lorne/Harbour (18) regional electoral divisions and Links (29) district ward
Edinburgh Pentlands BC In City of Edinburgh district: Balerno/Baberton (10), Hailes (24), Sighthill/Longstone (25), Colinton/Firrhill (35), and Braidburn/Fairmilehead (36) regional electoral divisions
Edinburgh South BC In City of Edinburgh district: Merchiston/Morningside (32), Sciennes/Marchmont (33), Prestonfield/Mayfield (34), Alnwickhill/Kaimes (37), and Inch/Gilmerton (38) regional electoral divisions
Edinburgh West BC In City of Edinburgh district: Cramond/Parkgrave (11), Corstorphine North (15), Telford/Blackhall (16), Corstorphine South (19), and Moat/Stenhouse (26) regional electoral divisions
East Lothian CC East Lothian district
Linlithgow CC In West Lothian district: Linlithgow (1), Bathgate West/Armadale (2), Bathgate East (3), and Whiteburn (4) regional electoral divisions
In City of Edinburgh district: Queensferry (1) district ward
Livingston CC In West Lothian district: Livingston (North) (5), Livingstone (South) (6), Broxburn (7), and Calders (8) regional electoral divisions
In Edinburgh district: Kirkliston (2) district ward
Midlothian CC Midlothian district
Tayside Dundee East BC In City of Dundee district: Welgate/Baxter Park (11), Craigiebank (12), West Ferry/Broughty Ferry (13), Balgillo/Eastern (14), Douglas/Drumgeith (15), Whitfield/Longhaugh (16), Fintry (17), Caird/Midhill (18), Clepington/Maryfield (19), and Coldside/Hilltown (20) regional electoral divisions
Dundee West BC In City of Dundee district: Central/Riverside (21), Dudhope/Logie (22), Law/Ancrum (23), Menziehill/Ninewells (24), Gourdie/Pitalpin (25), Lochee (26), Rockwell/Fairmuir (27), Trottick/Gillburn (28), Downfield/St Mary's (29), and Ardler/Blackside (30) regional electoral divisions
East Angus CC In Angus district: Aberbrothock (1), Arbroath Elliot (2), Arbroath St Vigeans (3), Carnoustie (4), Montrose Northesk (6), Montrose Lunan (9), Brechin (10), and Eastern Glens (15) regional electoral divisions
In City of Dundee district: Monifieth (31) regional electoral division and Sidlaw (44) district ward
North Tayside CC In Angus district: Forfar East and Dunnichen (5) and Forfar West and Strathmore (8) regional electoral divisions and Kirriemuir (13) and Western Glens (15) district wards
In Perth and Kinross district: Atholl Breadalbane and Rannoch (38), Strathardle (39), Strathisla (40), Strathtay (43), and St martins (44) regional electoral divisions
Perth and Kinross CC In Perth and Kinross district: Inveralmond (33), Moncrieffe (34), St Johnstoun (35), Viewlands (36), Letham (37), Strathearn (41), Tullibardine (42), Gowrie (45), and Kinross (46) regional electoral divisions
In City of Dundee district: Gowrie (43) district ward


The districts of Strathclyde can be grouped as follows.

District or districts Constituency or constituencies Contents of constituency[1]
Argyll and Bute Argyll and Bute CC District
Bearsden and Milngavie, Clydebank, Monklands, and Strathkelvin Monklands East BC In Monklands district : Aidrie East (54), Airdrie South and West (55), and Chapelhall and Salsburgh (56) regional electoral divisions
Monklands West BC In Monklands district: Coatbridge North (52) and Coatbridge South (53) regional electoral divisions
In Strathkelvin district: Chryston and Kelvin Valley (48) regional electoral division
Clydebank and Milngavie CC Clydesdale district
In Bearsden and Milngavie district: Barloch (1), Keystone (2), Craigdhu (3), and Clober (4) regional electoral divisions
Strathkelvin and Bearsden CC In Strathkelvin district: Kirkintillock (46) and Bishopbriggs (47) regional electoral divisions
In Bearsden and Milngavie district: Bearsden (45) regional electoral division and Kilmardinny (5) district ward
City of Glasgow Glasgow Cathcart BC Pollokshaws/Newlands (36), King's Park/Aitkenhead (37), and Linn Park/Castlemilk (39) regional electoral divisions[2]
Glasgow Central BC Central/Calton (21), Kingston/Hutchesontown (34), and Queen's Park/Crosshill (35) regional electoral divisions[2]
Glasgow Garscadden BC Drumry/Summerhill (9), Blairdardie/Knightscliffe (10), and Yoker/Kinightswood (11) regional electoral divisions[2]
Glasgow Govan BC Drumoyne/Govan (28), Penilee/Cardonald (29), and Mosspark/Bellahouston (30) regional electoral divisions[2]
Glasgow Hillhead BC Scotstoun/Bromhill (12), Kelvindale/Kelvinside (13) and Partick/Anderston (17) regional electoral divisions[2]
Glasgow Maryhill BC Summerston/Maryhill (14), Milton/Ruchill (15), and North Kelvin/Woodlands (16) regional electoral divisions[2]
Glasgow Pollok BC Pollok/Cowglen (31), South Nitshill/Arden (32), and Pollokshields/Shawlands (33) regional electoral divisions[2]
Glasgow Provan BC Lethamhill/Riddrie (24), Queenslie/Barlanark (25), and Gartloch/Easterhouse (41) regional electoral divisions[2]
Glasgow Rutherglen BC Toryglen/Rutherglen (38), Glenwood/Fernhill (40), and Cambuslang/Halfway (41) regional electoral divisions[2]
Glasgow Shettleston BC Belvidere/Carntyne (22), Parkhead/Shettleston (23), and Mount/Baillieston (26) regional electoral divisions[2]
Glasgow Springburn BC ? (18), Keppochhill/Cowlairs (19) and Alexandra Park/Dennistoun (20) regional electoral divisions[2]
Clydesdale, and Hamilton Hamilton BC In Hamilton district: Hamiltonn East (63), Hamilton West (64), and Hamilton North (66) regional electoral divisions
Clydesdale BC Clydesdale district
In Hamilton district: Larkhall and Stonehouse (65) regional electoral division
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Cumbernauld and Kilsyth CC District
Cumnock and Doon Valley, and Kyle and Carrick Ayr CC In Kyle and Carrick district: Ayr North (97), Ayr South (98), and North Kyle (100) regional electoral divisions and St Cuthberts (11), St Nicholas (12), and Kingcase (13) district wards
Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley CC Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley district
In Kyle and Carrick district: Carrick (101) regional electoral division and Annbank Mossblown and St Quivox (14) and Coylton and Kincaidston (15) district wards
Cunninghame Cunninghame North CC Garnock Valley (91), Saltcoats and Ardrossan (92), and Arran Largs and West Kilbride (93) regional electoral divisions
Cunninghame South CC Irvine Central (88), Irvine South (89), and Kilwinning and Stevenson (90) regional electoral divisions
Dumbarton Dumbarton CC District
East Kilbride East Kilbride CC District
Eastwood, Inverclyde, and Renfrew Greenock and Port Glasgow BC In Inverclyde district: Cartsdyke (85) and Greenock South West (86) regional electoral divisions and Port Glasgow East (2), Port Glasgow South (3), Clune Brae (4), Port Glasgow West (5), Greenock West Central (16), and Greenock West End (17) district wards
Paisley North BC In Renfrew district: Paisley Craigielea (75), Paisley Abercorn (78), and Renfrew (81) regional electoral divisions
Paisley South BC In Renfrew district: Paisley Gleniffer (76), Paisley Central (77), and Johnstone (80) regional electoral divisions
Eastwood CC Eastwood district
In Renfrew district: Barrhead (79) regional electoral division
Renfrew West and Inverclyde CC In Renfrew district: Gryffee (22) and Bargarran (83) regional electoral divisions
In Inverclyde district: Kilmalcom (1), Cardwell Bay (18), Gourock (19), and Firth (20) district wards
Kilmarnock and Loudoun Kilmarnock and Loudoun CC District
Motherwell Motherwell North BC Fortissat (60), Bellshill and Tannochside (61), and Clydesdale (62) regional electoral divisions
Motherwell South BC Dalziel (57), Wishaw (58), and Clydevale (59) regional electoral divisions

Islands council areas[edit]

Islands council area or areas Constituency Contents of constituency[1]
Orkney and Shetland Orkney and Shetland CC Islands council areas
Overall boundary as Orkney and Zetland 1918 to 1983
Western Isles Western Isles CC Islands council area
Overall boundary as 1918 to 1983

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Third Periodical Report, Boundary Commission for Scotland, HMSO, 1983 (ISBN 0-10-187940-7)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p The names for regional electoral divisions of Fife and in the City of Glasgow district, Strathclyde, are those use in the Third Periodical, but they are unofficial. These divisions were numbered but had no official names