Inverness Burghs

Inverness Burghs (UK Parliament constituency)

Inverness Burghs was a district of burghs constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of Great Britain (at Westminster) from 1708 to 1801 and of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (also at Westminster) from 1801 to 1918, representing a seat for one Member of Parliament (MP).

There was also, 1708 to 1918, the Inverness-shire constituency, which was, as its name implies, a county constituency.


As first used in the 1708 general election Inverness Burghs consisted of four burghs: Inverness in the county of Inverness, Fortrose in the county of Ross, Forres in the county of Elgin and Nairn in the county of Nairn.

For the 1832 general election, as a result of the Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1832, the boundaries of burghs for parliamentary election purposes ceased to be necessarily those for other purposes.

For the 1918 general election, as a result of the Representation of the People Act 1918, the component burghs of Inverness Burghs were merged into three different county constituencies: Inverness into the Inverness constituency, Forres and Nairn into the Moray and Nairn constituency and Fortrose into the Ross and Cromarty constituency. By this date, the county of Elgin had become the county of Moray and the county of Ross had been merged with the county of Cromarty to form the county of Ross and Cromarty.

Member of Parliament

  • 1708 Alexander Duff

  • 1710 George Mackenzie

  • 1713 William Steuart

  • 1722 Alexander Gordon

  • 1722 Duncan Forbes

  • 1737 Duncan Urquhart

  • 1747 Alexander Brodie

  • 1761 Sir Alexander Grant

  • 1803 George Cumming

  • 1807 Peter Baillie

  • 1818 George Cumming

  • 1837 Roderick MacLeod

Elections in the 1880s

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