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Dumfriesshire (UK Parliament constituency)

Dumfriesshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
1708 (1708)2005 (2005)
Number of members one
Replaced by Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale & Tweeddale
Dumfries & Galloway

Dumfriesshire was a county constituency represented in the of the House of Commons of Great Britain (at Westminster) from 1708 to 1801 and of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (also at Westminster) from 1801 until 2005. It was known as Dumfries from 1950. It was redistributed to Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale and Dumfries and Galloway as part of a major reorganisation of Scottish constituencies.

It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) using the first-past-the-post voting system.

Boundaries

Members of Parliament

MPs 1708–1832

Year Member Party
1708 Lord Johnston
1709 William Grierson
1711 James Murray Tory
1713 Sir William Johnstone
1722 Charles Erskine
1741 Sir John Douglas
1747 Lord Charles Douglas
1755 James Veitch
1761 Lt Gen Archibald Douglas of Kirkton
1774 Sir Robert Laurie
1804 Sir William Johnstone Hope
1830 John James Hope Johnstone (1) Tory
1832 Reform Act 1832: franchise expanded

MPs 1832–2005

Election Member Party
1832 John James Hope Johnstone (1) Conservative
1847 Viscount Drumlanrig Conservative
Feb 1857 John James Hope Johnstone (1) Conservative
1865 George Gustavus Walker Conservative
1868 Sydney Waterlow Liberal
Mar. 1869 George Gustavus Walker Conservative
1874 John James Hope Johnstone (2) Conservative
1880 Sir Robert Jardine Liberal
1886 Liberal Unionist
1892 William Jardine Herries Maxwell Conservative
1895 Robinson Souttar Liberal
1900 William Jardine Herries Maxwell Conservative
1906 Percy Molteno Liberal
1918 William Murray Conservative
1922 William Allan Chapple Liberal
1924 John Charteris Conservative
1929 Dr Joseph Hunter 1 Liberal
style="background-color: Template:National Liberal Party (UK, 1931)/meta/color" | 1931 National Liberal
style="background-color: Template:National Liberal Party (UK, 1931)/meta/color" | 1935 by-election Sir Henry Fildes National Liberal
style="background-color: Template:National Liberal Party (UK, 1931)/meta/color" | 1945 Niall Macpherson National Liberal
1963 by-election David Colville Anderson Conservative
1964 Sir Hector Monro Conservative
1997 Russell Brown Labour
2005 constituency abolished

1 Dr Hunter was elected in 1929 as a Liberal candidate, but in the split after the 1931 general election, he joined the National Liberals.

Election results

Elections in the 2000s

General Election 2001: Dumfries
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Russell Brown 20,830 48.9 +1.4
Conservative John Charteris 11,996 28.2 +0.1
Liberal Democrat John Ross Scott 4,955 11.6 +0.6
SNP Gerry Fisher 4,103 9.6 -2.4
Scottish Socialist John Dennis 702 1.6 N/A
Majority 8,834 20.7
Turnout 42,586 67.0 -11.9
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s

General Election Oct 1974: Dumfriesshire [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Hector Monro 18,386
Labour John Wheatley 12,558
SNP L.A.B. Whitley 12,542
Liberal A. Sinclair 3,961
Majority 5,828
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s

By-election 1963: Dumfriesshire [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Colville Anderson QC 16,762
Labour Ian Jordan 15,791
Liberal Charles Abernethy 4,491
SNP John Gair 4,001
Majority 971
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s

General Election 1959: Dumfriesshire [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
style="background-color: Template:National Liberal Party (UK, 1931)/meta/color; width: 5px;" | Niall Macpherson 25,867
Labour G.C. Moodie 18,437
Majority 7,430
style="background-color: Template:National Liberal Party (UK, 1931)/meta/color" | hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s

General Election 1945

Electorate 47,983

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
style="background-color: Template:National Liberal Party (UK, 1931)/meta/color; width: 5px;" | Niall Malcolm Stewart Macpherson 16,465 47.4
Labour D Dunwoodie 12,388 35.7
Liberal Fl-Off. Ian McColl 5,850 16.9
Majority 4,077 11.7
Turnout 72.3
style="background-color: Template:National Liberal Party (UK, 1931)/meta/color" | hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s

General Election November 1935: Dumfriesshire [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
style="background-color: Template:National Liberal Party (UK, 1931)/meta/color; width: 5px;" | Sir Henry Fildes 22,053 65.4 +5.1
Labour J. Downie 11,685 34.6 −5.1
Majority 10,368 30.8 +10.2
Turnout 33,738 73.6 +14.9
style="background-color: Template:National Liberal Party (UK, 1931)/meta/color" | hold Swing +5.1
Dumfriesshire by-election, September 1935
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
style="background-color: Template:National Liberal Party (UK, 1931)/meta/color; width: 5px;" | Sir Henry Fildes 16,271 60.3 −17.4
Labour Co-op J. Downie 10,697 39.7 +17.4
Majority 5,574 20.6 −34.8
Turnout 26,968 58.7 −18.9
style="background-color: Template:National Liberal Party (UK, 1931)/meta/color" | hold Swing −17.4
General Election 1931: Dumfriesshire[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
style="background-color: Template:National Liberal Party (UK, 1931)/meta/color; width: 5px;" | Joseph Hunter 26,873 77.7 +32.6
Labour J. S. Paterson 7,693 22.3 +3.6
Majority 19,180 55.4 46.5
Turnout 34,566 77.6 −3.8
style="background-color: Template:National Liberal Party (UK, 1931)/meta/color" | hold Swing

Elections in the 1920s

General Election 1929: Dumfriesshire [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Dr Joseph Hunter 16,174
Conservative Brig-Gen John Charteris 12,984
Labour W.H. Marwick 6,687
General Election 1924: Dumfriesshire [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Brig-Gen John Charteris 12,718
Liberal William Allan Chapple 8,472
Labour Mrs A. Dollan 6,342
General Election 1923: Dumfriesshire [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William Allan Chapple 13,107
Conservative Brig-Gen John Charteris 11,380
General Election 1922: Dumfriesshire [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William Allan Chapple 13,296
Conservative Major H. Keswick 11,055

Elections in the 1910s

General Election 1918: Dumfriesshire [10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Coalition Conservative Maj William Murray 13,345
Liberal Rt Hon John Gulland 7,562
General Election Dec 1910: Dumfriesshire [11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Percy Molteno 4,708
Conservative William Murray 4,146
General Election Jan 1910: Dumfriesshire [12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Percy Molteno 4,666
Conservative William Murray 4,091

Elections in the 1900s

General Election 1906: Dumfriesshire [13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Percy Molteno 4,814
Conservative J.H. Balfour-Browne 3,431
General Election 1900: Dumfriesshire [14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist William Jardine Herries Maxwell 4,124
Liberal Robinson Souttar 3,675

Elections in the 1890s

General Election 1895: Dumfriesshire [15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Robinson Souttar 3,989
Liberal Unionist William Jardine Herries Maxwell 3,976
General Election 1892: Dumfriesshire [16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist William Jardine Herries Maxwell 4,123
Liberal Thomas McKie 3,849

Elections in the 1880s

General Election 1886: Dumfriesshire [17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Sir Robert Jardine 4,106
Liberal Thomas McKie 3,252
General Election 1885: Dumfriesshire [18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir Robert Jardine 4,857
Conservative Walter Henry Scott, Earl of Dalkeith 3,566

References

Template:Scottish Westminster constituencies 1950–1955

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