Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
Available from Boydell and Brewer

Background Information

Number of voters:

31 in 1757


10 Feb. 1715JOHN PRINGLE
26 Sept. 1727JOHN PRINGLE
13 Feb. 1730JAMES RUTHERFORD vice Pringle, appointed to office
3 Aug. 1733RUTHERFORD re-elected after appointment to office
20 May 1734JOHN MURRAY
21 May 1741JOHN MURRAY
14 July 1747JOHN MURRAY
  (Opponent unknown)
13 Dec. 1753GILBERT ELLIOT vice Murray, deceased

Main Article

The chief interest in Selkirkshire was that of its hereditary sheriff, John Murray of Philiphaugh, who returned his brother-in-law, John Pringle, from 1715, and in 1730 another kinsman, James Rutherford, both government supporters. In 1734 and 1741 Murray himself was returned unopposed as an opposition Whig, having resigned his hereditary sheriffdom to one of his sons. In 1747 he was opposed by a government candidate, Lord Charles Scott, who died before the election, whereupon an unknown candidate stood unsuccessfully against him.1 On his death in 1753, his eldest son was persuaded by the Duke of Argyll to withdraw in favour of Gilbert Elliot.2

Author: J. M. Simpson


  • 1. Argyll to Pelham, 30 July and 1 Aug. 1747, and list of candidates, 1747, Newcastle (Clumber) mss.
  • 2. Argyll to Pelham, 5 Nov. 1753, ibid.