Single Member Scottish County

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
Available from Boydell and Brewer

Background Information

Number of voters:

about 50


16 May 1754Lord Charles Douglas
19 Dec. 1755James Veitch vice Douglas, become the eldest son of a peer of Scotland
16 Apr. 1761Archibald Douglas
15 Apr. 1768Archibald Douglas
27 Oct. 1774Robert Laurie
28 Sept. 1780Sir Robert Laurie
15 Apr. 1784Sir Robert Laurie
12 May 1785Laurie re-elected after appointment to office

Main Article

In 1774 Robinson wrote that the Duke of Queensberry’s interest was ‘greatly superior to everything that can be brought in opposition to it’,1 and William Adam in 1788 confirmed that Queensberry retained the ‘commanding interest’.2 The only opposition came from an old Dumfriesshire family, the Johnstones of Westerhall, who in 1774 supported Alexander Fergusson of Craigdarroch against Robert Laurie.

Author: J. A. Cannon


  • 1. Laprade, 18.
  • 2. Pol. State of Scotland, 97