1911 Haddingtonshire by-election

The Haddingtonshire by-election was a Parliamentary by-election. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post voting system.

Previous resultEdit

General election December 1910: Electorate 8,184
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Richard Haldane 3,845 54.9
Conservative Benjamin Hall Blyth 3,158 45.1
Majority 687 9.8
Turnout 7,003
Liberal hold Swing



By-Election 19 April 1911: Electorate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Deans Hope 3,652 53.4
Conservative Benjamin Hall Blyth 3,184 46.6
Majority 468 6.8
Turnout 6,836
Liberal hold Swing


In 1912, after three unsuccessful attempts, the local Conservative Association replaced Blyth with a new candidate, Mansfield Hunter, who was replaced in 1913 by H. P. Macmillan. A general election was due to take place by the end of 1915. By the autumn of 1914, the following candidates had been selected to contest that election. Due to the outbreak of the First World War, the election never took place as scheduled.

General Election 1914/15: Electorate 8,135
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Deans Hope
Unionist Hugh Macmillan

The constituency was merged into the new Berwick & Haddington constituency for the 1918 elections. Tennant had represented the Berwick part. Hope was given the Coalition government coupon.

General election 14 December 1918: Electorate 32,763
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal *John Deans Hope 8,584 53.9
Unionist Robert W Foulis 4,783 30.0
Liberal Harold Tennant 2,557 16.1
Majority 3,801 23.9
Turnout 15,924
Liberal hold Swing


  • Craig, F. W. S. (1974). British parliamentary election results 1885-1918 (1 ed.). London: Macmillan.
  • Who's Who: www.ukwhoswho.com
  • Debrett's House of Commons 1916