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Edwin Scrymgeour (28 July 1866 – 1 February 1947), was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Dundee, Scotland.[1] He is the only person ever elected to the House of Commons on a prohibitionist ticket, as the candidate of the Scottish Prohibition Party.

Edwin Scrymgeour
Edwin Scrymgeour by Walter Stoneman.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Dundee
In office
15 November 1922 – 27 October 1931
Preceded byWinston Churchill
Alexander Wilkie
Succeeded byFlorence Horsbrugh
Dingle Foot
Personal details
Born28 July 1866
Dundee, Scotland, UK
Died1 February 1947 (aged 80)
Political partyScottish Prohibition Party
EducationWest End Academy

A native of Dundee, he was educated at West End Academy. He was a pioneer of the Scottish temperance movement and established his party in 1901 to further this aim.[1]

He served on Dundee City Council and began contesting elections in the 1908 Dundee by-election which saw Winston Churchill first elected for Dundee and continued to fight at every election thereafter, increasing his vote. In part this was because of his popularity, general left-wing sympathies and history with the labour movement. Churchill's stance against suffragettes may have had an impact in a city where many women were breadwinners, while many men were "kettle-boilers".[2]

In the 1922 election, Scrymgeour and Labour candidate E. D. Morel jointly ousted Winston Churchill, who had represented the city as a Liberal (at that point Coalition Liberal).[3] Scrymgeour remained an M.P. for Dundee until the 1931 general election,[1] when he was ousted by Florence Horsbrugh.

Out of Parliament Scrymgeour worked as an evangelical Chaplain at East House and Maryfield Hospital in Dundee.[1] Scrymgeour was a leader of the unsuccessful opposition to disbanding the Scottish Prohibition Party in 1935.


  1. ^ a b c d "Scrimgeour, Edwin". Who Was Who (online ed.). Oxford University Press. 2007. Retrieved 16 February 2013. (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Scottish National Dictionary, 2005 Supplement, KETTLE, n.1.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Discontent, War & the Impact of Revolution in Dundee". Archives, Records and Artefacts at the University of Dundee. University of Dundee. Retrieved 17 March 2016.

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