Stirlingshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Stirlingshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland Stirlingshire
17081918
Number of members One
Replaced by Clackmannan & Eastern Stirlingshire
Stirling & Clackmannan Western

Stirlingshire was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of Great Britain and later of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1708 until 1918. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post voting system.

For the 1918 general election it was divided into Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire and Stirling and Clackmannan Western.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1708 Henry Cunningham
1710 Sir Hugh Paterson
1715 Mungo Haldane
1722 John Graham
1727 Henry Cunningham
1734 Sir James Campbell
1741 Lord George Graham
1747 Lord Erskine
1747 James Campbell, later Livingstone
1768 Sir Thomas Dundas
1794 Robert Graham
1796 Sir George Keith Elphinstone
1802 Charles Elphinstone Fleeming
1812 Sir Charles Edmonstone
1821 Henry Home-Drummond
1831 William Ramsay Ramsay
1832 Charles Elphinstone Fleeming
1835 William Forbes
1838 George Abercromby
1841 William Forbes
1855 Peter Blackburn
1865 John Elphinstone Erskine Liberal
1874 Sir William Edmonstone Conservative
1880 Joseph Cheney Bolton Liberal
1892 William Jacks Liberal
1895 James McKillop Conservative
1906 Donald Mackenzie Smeaton Liberal
1910 William Allan Chapple Liberal
1918 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1880: Stirlingshire [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Joseph Cheney Bolton 1,606
Conservative William Edmonstone 1,246
Majority 360
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1885: Stirlingshire [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Joseph Cheney Bolton 6,454 62.1
Conservative Michael Hugh Shaw-Stewart 3,938 37.9
Majority 2,516 24.2
Turnout 83.2
Liberal hold Swing
Ernest Noel
General Election 1886: Stirlingshire [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Joseph Cheney Bolton 5,067 53.7 -8.4
Liberal Unionist Ernest Noel 4,360 46.3 +8.4
Majority 707 7.4 -16.8
Turnout 75.5
Liberal hold Swing -8.4

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

William Jacks
General Election 1892: Stirlingshire [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Jacks 5,296 50.4
Liberal Unionist Ernest Noel 4,550 43.3
Scottish Trades Councils Robert Chisholm Robertson 663 6.3 n/a
Majority 746 7.1
Turnout 80.1
Liberal hold Swing
General Election 1895: Stirlingshire [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James McKillop 5,916 51.9 -2.3
Liberal William Jacks 5,489 48.1 +8.6
Majority 427 3.8 10.9
Turnout 79.6 -0.5
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +5.4

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

Sir G Robertson
General Election 1900: Stirlingshire [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James McKillop 6,325 51.2
Liberal Sir George Scott Robertson 6,023 48.8
Majority 302 2.4
Turnout 76.3
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1906: Stirlingshire [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Donald Mackenzie Smeaton 9,475 62.0 +13.2
Conservative Marquess of Graham 5,806 38.0 -13.2
Majority 24.0 26.4
Turnout 80.7 +4.4
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +13.2

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

William Chapple
General Election Jan 1910: Stirlingshire [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Allan Chapple MD 10,122 61.2
Conservative Robert Stevenson Horne 6,417 38.8
Majority 3,705 22.4
Turnout 82.1
Liberal hold Swing
Robert Horne
General Election Dec 1910: Stirlingshire [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Allan Chapple 9,183 58.6 -2.6
Conservative Robert Stevenson Horne 6,487 41.4 +2.6
Majority 17.2 -5.2
Turnout 77.2 -4.9
Liberal hold Swing -2.6

General Election 1914/15:

Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Times
  2. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench, 1889
  3. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench, 1889
  4. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1893
  5. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1901
  6. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1901
  7. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1907
  8. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1916
  9. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1916
  10. ^ Stirling Observer 21 Mar 1914