Leith Burghs (UK Parliament constituency)

Leith Burghs was a district of burghs constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1832 to 1918. The constituency represented the parliamentary burghs of Leith, Musselburgh and Portobello.

Leith Burghs
Former District of burghs constituency
for the House of Commons
18321918
Number of membersOne
Replaced byLeith
Edinburgh East
Created fromEdinburgh[1] and Midlothian[2]

In 1918 Leith was included in Leith, while Musselburgh and Portobello were merged into Edinburgh East.

Members of ParliamentEdit

Election Member [3][4][5] Party
1832 John Murray Whig[6]
1839 by-election Andrew Rutherfurd Whig[6][7]
1851 by-election James Moncreiff Whig[8]
1859 Sir William Miller Liberal
1868 Robert Andrew Macfie Liberal
1874 Donald Robert Macgregor Liberal
1878 Andrew Grant Liberal
1885 William Jacks Liberal
1886 Liberal Unionist
1886 William Ewart Gladstone Liberal
1886 Ronald Munro Ferguson Liberal
1914 George Welsh Currie Unionist
1918 constituency abolished

Election resultsEdit

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
By-election 26 Feb 1914 [5][9]
Electorate: 17,705
Turnout: 77.1%
Conservative gain from Liberal
Majority: 16 (0.1%)
George Welsh CurrieConservative5,15937.8−5.0
Malcolm Smith Liberal5,14337.7−19.5
Joseph Nicholas Bell Labour3,34624.5N/A
General Election Dec 1910 [5][9]
Electorate: 17,987
Turnout: 68.7%
Liberal hold
Majority: 1,785 (14.4%)
Swing: 9.5% from LibU to Lib
Ronald Munro FergusonLiberal7,06957.2+7.6
Frederick Alexander Macquisten Conservative5,28442.8+11.3
General Election Jan 1910 [5][9]
Electorate: 17,351
Turnout: 83.0%
Liberal hold
Majority: 2,606 (18.1%)
Ronald Munro FergusonLiberal7,14649.6−11.6
Sir Robert Cranston Liberal Unionist4,54031.5−7.3
William Walker Labour2,72418.9N/A
General Election 1906 [5][10]
Electorate: 16,974
Turnout: 73.9%
Liberal hold
Majority: 2,802 (22.4%)
Ronald Munro FergusonLiberal7,67761.2+7.6
Frank T. Cooper KC Liberal Unionist4,86538.8−7.6
General Election 1900 [5][11]
Electorate: 15,484
Turnout: 11,269 (72.8%)
Liberal hold
Majority: 817 (7.2%)
Ronald Munro FergusonLiberal6,04353.6−2.8
Edward Theodore Salvesen Liberal Unionist5,22646.4+2.8
General Election 1895 [5][11]
Electorate: 13,982
Turnout: 73.8%
Liberal hold
Majority: 1,325 (12.8%)
Ronald Munro FergusonLiberal5,81955.4+1.0
John Wilson Liberal Unionist4,49444.6−1.0
General Election 1892 [5][12]
Electorate: 13,198
Turnout: 74.5%
Liberal hold
Majority: 1,643 (16.8%)
Ronald Munro FergusonLiberal5,73858.4
William Alexander Bell Liberal Unionist4,09541.6
By-election 20 Aug 1886 [5][14]
Electorate: 11,779
Turnout: 61.4%
Liberal hold
Majority: 2,676 (37.1%)
Ronald Munro FergusonLiberal4,20458.2
Donald Robert Macgregor[15] Independent Liberal Unionist1,52821.1
William Jacks Liberal Unionist1,49920.7
Henry Munster[13] Independent Liberal Unionist30.0
General Election 1886 [5]Liberal hold William Ewart Gladstone[16]Liberalunopposed
General Election 1885 [5][14]
Electorate: 11,779
Turnout: 75.0%
Liberal hold
Majority: 3,870 (43.8%)
William JacksLiberal6,35571.9N/A
William David Thorburn Conservative2,48528.1N/A
General Election 1880 [4]
Electorate: 10,333
Liberal hold Andrew GrantLiberalunopposed
By-election 29 Jan 1878 [4]
Electorate: 9,739
Liberal hold Andrew GrantLiberal4,929
C. W. Tennant Conservative1,788
General Election 1874 [4]
Electorate: 8,248
Liberal hold Donald Robert MacgregorLiberal4,489
Robert Andrew Macfie Liberal1,945
General Election 1868 [4][17]
Electorate: 6,223
Liberal hold Robert Andrew MacfieLiberal2,907
William Miller Liberal2,310
General Election 1859 [4]
Electorate: 2,139
Liberal hold William MillerLiberal904
Robert Andrew Macfie Liberal746
General Election 1857 [4]
Electorate: 1,973
Liberal hold James MoncreiffLiberal821
William Miller Liberal701
General Election 1852 [4]
Electorate: 2,027
Liberal hold James MoncreiffLiberal643
T. W. Henderson Conservative407
By-election 11 April 1851 [4]Liberal hold James MoncreiffLiberalunopposed
General Election 1847 [4]
Electorate: 1,888
Liberal hold Andrew RutherfurdLiberalunopposed
General Election 1841 [4]
Electorate: 1,732
Liberal hold Andrew RutherfurdLiberalunopposed
By-election 1839 [4]Liberal hold Andrew RutherfurdLiberalunopposed
General Election 1837 [4]
Electorate: 2,171
Liberal hold John Archibald MurrayLiberalunopposed
General Election 1835 [4]
Electorate: 1,838
Liberal hold John Archibald MurrayLiberalunopposed
General Election 1832 [4]
Electorate: 1,624
Liberal win John Archibald MurrayLiberalunopposed

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Fisher, David R. "Edinburgh". The History of Parliament. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  2. ^ Fisher, David R. "Edinburghshire". The History of Parliament. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 2)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 554–555. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 515. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.
  6. ^ a b Smith, Henry Stooks (1842). The Register of Parliamentary Contested Elections (Second ed.). Simpkin, Marshall & Company. pp. 206–207. Retrieved 2 September 2018 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ "Representation of Leith". Carlisle Journal. 27 April 1839. p. 2. Retrieved 2 September 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  8. ^ "Nairnshire Mirror, and General Advertiser". 12 April 1851. p. 4. Retrieved 2 September 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  9. ^ a b c Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1916
  10. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1907
  11. ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1901
  12. ^ Whitaker's Almanack, 1893
  13. ^ At the by-election in 1886, Munster withdrew from the election after nominations had closed
  14. ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench, 1889
  15. ^ Macgregor was supported by the local Conservative Association
  16. ^ At the 1886 general election, William Ewart Gladstone was returned unopposed, but being also elected for Edinburghshire, he elected to sit for the latter constituency, and a new election was held on 20 August 1886
  17. ^ Debrett's House of Commons, 1870