Stamford (UK Parliament constituency)

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Stamford
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
1295–1885
Number of membersone
Replaced byStamford
Created from Lincolnshire
Number of memberstwo (until 1868), one (1868-1885)
Stamford (or South Kesteven) division of Lincolnshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
18851918
Number of membersone
Replaced by Rutland and Stamford
Created fromStamford

Stamford was a constituency in the county of Lincolnshire of the House of Commons for the Parliament of England to 1706 then of the Parliament of Great Britain from 1707 to 1800 and of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1801 to 1918. It was represented by two Members of Parliament until 1868 when this was reduced to one.

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Boundaries

The parliamentary borough was based upon the town of Stamford in the Parts of Kesteven (a traditional sub-division of the county of Lincolnshire).

When the borough constituency was abolished in 1885, the Stamford (or South Kesteven) division of Lincolnshire was created. This included the town of Stamford and surrounding territory. The county division was a considerably larger constituency than the borough one had been.

From the 1885 general election until the dissolution before the 1918 election the constituency was surrounded by to the north Sleaford; to the east Spalding; to the south east Wisbech; to the south North Northamptonshire; to the south west Rutland; to the west Melton and to the north west Newark. The constituency of Grantham was an enclave wholly surrounded by Stamford.

History

The Victoria County History of the County of Lincoln includes some information about the representation of Stamford in early times.

Stamford, on the other hand, which had sent Nicholas de Burton and Clement de Melton to the Parliament of 1295, only exercised what its burghers probably regarded as an onerous privilege once in the reign of Edward II when in 1322 it elected Eustace Malherbe and Hugh de Thurleby.

A further paragraph relates the position before and after the borough began to send representatives regularly in 1467.

Stamford for some 150 years after the reign of Edward II apparently forbore to exercise its onerous privilege of returning members. In the seventeenth century it was afflicted with the usual controversy prevalent in small communities as to where the right of election lay, and the Committee of Privileges reported in 1661 'That the right of election was in such freemen only as paid scot and lot'.

Sedgwick explained in The House of Commons 1715-1754 that before 1727 the Bertie and Cecil families each nominated one member. From 1727 the Cecil interest controlled both seats. An attempt was made by Savile Cust in 1734 to establish an electoral interest in the borough, [1] but when this failed the Cecils were left with a secure pocket borough.

Namier and Brooke in The House of Commons 1754-1790 confirmed that before the Reform Act 1832 the right of election was in the inhabitants of the parliamentary borough paying scot and lot, a local tax. They estimated the number of voters at about 500 (unchanged from Sedgwick's estimate for the earlier part of the century). In 1754–1790, despite the comparatively large electorate, the constituency was under the control of the Earl of Exeter (the head of the senior branch of the House of Cecil) and elections were uncontested formalities.

The Reform Act replaced the scot and lot franchise with an occupation franchise, which slightly reduced the size of the electorate. This was because the value of the property occupation of which conferred a vote, was higher than that for houses upon which scot and lot became payable.

The area was strongly Tory or Conservative in politics. From 1801 until 1918 it only twice elected an MP from other parties (a Whig in 1831 and a Liberal in 1880). Elections before the 1874 United Kingdom general election were usually uncontested.

The borough had some distinguished representatives in the 19th century. It returned two of the three members of the triumvirate which attempted to lead the protectionist Tories in the House of Commons. The Marquess of Granby had little to commend himself as a political leader, apart from the social prestige of being the heir to the Duke of Rutland. He was briefly sole leader in 1848 before the triumvirate was created in the following year and continued until his resignation in 1851. John Charles Herries had at least held senior ministerial office. Both the Stamford MPs were easily eclipsed by the rising star of their colleague Benjamin Disraeli.

A more significant historical figure was Lord Robert Cecil (Viscount Cranborne 1865–1868) who represented the borough between 1853 and 1868. As the Marquess of Salisbury he was the leading figure in the Conservative Party from the death of Disraeli in 1881 until he retired as Prime Minister in 1902.

Another leading Conservative with connections to the borough was Sir Stafford Northcote, Bt the party leader in the House of Commons 1876-1885 (from 1881 at the same time as Salisbury was leader in the House of Lords). Northcote was a Stamford MP from 1858 to 1866.

Under the Reform Act 1867 the borough electorate was expanded, but it lost one seat in Parliament from the 1868 United Kingdom general election.

The Representation of the People Act 1884 further expanded the electorate. The Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 abolished the borough constituency but created an expanded county division of the same name. These changes took effect with the 1885 United Kingdom general election.

Under the Representation of the People Act 1918 the electorate was again expanded, but the Stamford area was combined with the county of Rutland in a new Rutland and Stamford constituency.

Members of Parliament

MPs 1295–1322

After this date no members were returned for a considerable period.

MPs 1467–1640

YearFirst memberSecond member
1485 Christopher Browne [2]
1489 Christopher Browne [2]
1495 Christopher Browne [2]
1510 David Cecil Francis Browne [3]
1512 David Cecil William Hussey [3]
1515 David Cecil George Kirkham [3]
1523 David Cecil Maurice Johnson [3]
1529 John Hardgrave Maurice Johnson [3]
1536 Henry Lacy Maurice Johnson [3]
1539 Richard Cecil Kenelm Digby [3]
1542 Henry Lacy John Allen [3]
1545 Henry Lacy Leonard Irby [3]
1547 William Cecil John Allen [3]
1553 (Mar) Richard Cooke Robert Lacy [3]
1553 (Oct) Thomas Heneage John Allen [3]
1554 (Apr) John Allen Roland Durrant [3]
1554 (Nov) John Fenton Henry Lee [3] [4]
1555 Francis Yaxley [5] Francis Thorneff [3]
1558 Francis Thorneff John Houghton [3]
1559 William Cooke John Houghton [6]
1562–3 Thomas Cecil Francis Thorneff [6]
1571 Thomas Cecil Michael Lewis [6]
1572 Thomas Cecil Francis Harington [6]
1584 Robert Wingfield George Lynne [6]
1586 William Cecil, Lord Burghley Robert Wingfield [6]
1588–9 William Cecil,Lord Burghley Robert Wingfield
1593 Robert Wingfield Richard Shute [6]
1597 Robert Wingfield Thomas Balgaye [6] [7]
1601 Robert Wingfield Edward Watson [6]
1604 Sir Robert Wingfield Henry Hall
1614 Richard Cecil John Jay
1621 Sir Richard Cecil John Wingfield
1624 Sir George Goring
Goring, sat for Lewes
and replaced by
Edward Ayscough
John St Amand
1625 Montagu Bertie John St Amand
1626 Montagu Bertie Brian Palmes
1628-1629 Thomas Hatton Sir Edward Bashe
1629–1640No Parliaments convened

MPs 1640–1868

YearFirst memberFirst partySecond memberSecond party
April 1640 Thomas Hatton Thomas Hatcher
November 1640 Geoffrey Palmer Royalist Thomas Hatcher Parliamentarian
September 1642Palmer disabled to sit - seat vacant
1645 John Weaver
December 1648Hatcher excluded in Pride's Purge - seat vacant
1653Stamford was unrepresented in the Barebones Parliament
1654 John Weaver Stamford had only one seat in the First and
Second Parliaments of the Protectorate
1656
January 1659 Christopher Clapham
May 1659 Not represented in the restored Rump
April 1660 John Hatcher Francis Wingfield
1661 William Stafford William Montagu
1665 Hon. Peregrine Bertie Tory
1677 Henry Noel Tory
1678 Hon. Charles Bertie Tory
1679 Sir Richard Cust, Bt. William Hyde
1685 Hon. Peregrine Bertie Tory Hon. Charles Bertie
1689 William Hyde
1694 Hon. Philip Bertie
1698 Hon. William Cecil
1705 Charles Cecil
1711 Charles Bertie Tory
March 1722 Hon. Brownlow Cecil
October 1722 William Noel
1727 Robert Shirley
1734 John Proby
June 1747 John Proby, junior [note 2] Lord Burghley [note 3]
December 1747 Robert Barbor Non partisan
1754 John Harvey-Thursby Non partisan
1761 John Chaplin Non partisan George Bridges Brudenell Non partisan
1765 by-election George René Aufrère Non partisan
1768 Lieutenant-General (Sir) George Howard [note 4] Non partisan
1774 Henry Cecil Non partisan
1790 The Earl of Carysfort [note 5] Non partisan
1796 by-election Lieutenant-General John Leland [note 6] Tory [8]
1801 by-election Lieutenant-General Albemarle Bertie Tory [8]
1808 by-election Evan Foulkes Tory [8]
1809 by-election Charles Chaplin Tory [8]
1812 The Lord Henniker [note 5] Tory [8]
1818 Lord Thomas Cecil Tory [8] Captain the Hon. William Percy Tory [8]
1826 Thomas Chaplin Tory [8]
1831 Charles Tennyson Whig [8]
1832 Thomas Chaplin Tory [8] George Finch Tory [8]
1834 Conservative [8] Conservative [8]
1837 Marquess of Granby Conservative [8]
1838 by-election Sir George Clerk, Bt Conservative [8]
1847 Rt Hon. John Charles Herries Conservative
1852 Sir Frederic Thesiger Conservative
1853 by-election Lord Robert Cecil [note 7] Conservative
March 1858 by-election John Inglis Conservative
July 1858 by-election Sir Stafford Northcote, Bt Conservative
1866 by-election Sir John Dalrymple-Hay, Bt Conservative
May 1868 by-election Viscount Ingestre Conservative
June 1868 by-election William Unwin Heygate Conservative
1868 Reform Act 1867: constituency reduced to one seat

MPs 1868–1918

ElectionMemberParty
1868 Sir John Dalrymple-Hay, Bt Conservative
1880 Marston Clarke Buszard Liberal
1885: Borough constituency abolished. Name transferred to county division
1885 John Lawrance Conservative
1890 by-election Henry Cust Conservative
1895 William Younger Conservative
1906 Lord John Joicey-Cecil Conservative
1910 Claud Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby Conservative
1918 constituency abolished

Notes

  1. Cecil's diary records that he was elected an MP in 1543, but the parliamentary records are incomplete. Neale has suggested that he was probably elected for Stamford, which was certainly his constituency from 1547
  2. Created The Lord Carysfort (in the Peerage of Ireland, January 1752
  3. Burghley was also elected for Rutland, which he chose to represent, and never sat for Stamford
  4. Knighted (KB), 1774; General from 1777, Field Marshal from 1793
  5. 1 2 In the Peerage of Ireland
  6. Later a General
  7. Styled Viscount Cranborne from 1865

Election notes

The bloc vote electoral system was used in two seat elections and first past the post for single member by-elections. Each voter had up to as many votes as there were seats to be filled. Votes had to be cast by a spoken declaration, in public, at the hustings (until the secret ballot was introduced in 1872).

Note on percentage change calculations: Where there was only one candidate of a party in successive elections, for the same number of seats, change is calculated on the party percentage vote. Where there was more than one candidate, in one or both successive elections for the same number of seats, then change is calculated on the individual percentage vote.

Note on sources: The information for the election results given below is taken from Namier and Brooke 1754–1790, Stooks Smith 1790-1832 and Craig from the 1832 United Kingdom general election. Where Stooks Smith gives additional information or differs from the other sources this is indicated in a note after the result.

Elections before 1715

Dates of Parliaments 1660-1715

SummonedElectedOpenedDismissed
16 March 1660166025 April 166029 December 1660
18 February 166116618 May 166124 January 1679
25 January 167916796 March 167912 July 1679
24 July 16791679–168021 October 168018 January 1681
20 January 1681168121 March 168128 March 1681
14 February 1685168519 May 16852 July 1687
29 December 16881688–168922 January 16896 February 1690
6 February 1690169020 March 169011 October 1695
12 October 1695169522 November 16956 July 1698
13 July 1698169824 August 169819 December 1700
26 December 17001700–17016 February 170111 November 1701
3 November 1701170130 December 17012 July 1702
2 July 1702170220 August 17025 April 1705
17057 May-6 June 170514 June 1705see Note
1707see Note23 October 17073 April 1708
170830 April-7 July 17088 July 170821 September 1710
17102 October-16 November 171025 November 17108 August 1713
171322 August-12 November 171312 November 171315 January 1715

Note:-

Election results 1715-1800

1710s1720s1730s1740s1750s1760s1770s1780s1790s

Elections in the 1710s

General election 2 February 1715: Stamford (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Non Partisan Charles CecilUnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan Charles Bertie UnopposedN/AN/A

Elections in the 1720s

General election 24 March 1722: Stamford (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Non Partisan Brownlow Cecil UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan Charles Bertie UnopposedN/AN/A
By-Election 24 October 1722: Stamford
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Non Partisan William Noel UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan hold Swing N/A
General election 19 August 1727: Stamford (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Non Partisan William Noel ElectedN/AN/A
Non Partisan Robert Shirley ElectedN/AN/A
Non Partisan Charles Bertie DefeatedN/AN/A

Elections in the 1730s

General election 25 April 1734: Stamford (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Non Partisan William Noel 33932.60N/A
Non Partisan John Proby 31630.38N/A
Non Partisan Savile Cust20519.71N/A
Non Partisan Thomas Fonnereau 18017.31N/A
Turnout 1,040N/AN/A
By-Election 13 February 1738: Stamford
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Non Partisan William Noel UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1740s

General election 6 May 1741: Stamford (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Non Partisan William Noel UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan John Proby UnopposedN/AN/A
General election 29 June 1747: Stamford (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Non Partisan Brownlow Cecil UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan John Proby UnopposedN/AN/A
By-Election 8 December 1747: Stamford
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Non Partisan Robert BarborUnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1750s

General election 16 April 1754: Stamford (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Non Partisan John Harvey-ThursbyUnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan Robert BarborUnopposedN/AN/A

Elections in the 1760s

General election 30 March 1761: Stamford (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Non Partisan John Chaplin UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan George Bridges Brudenell UnopposedN/AN/A
By-Election 21 January 1765: Stamford
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Non Partisan George René AufrèreUnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan hold Swing N/A
By-Election 26 December 1765: Stamford
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Non Partisan George Bridges BrudenellUnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan hold Swing N/A
General election 19 March 1768: Stamford (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Non Partisan George Howard UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan George René AufrèreUnopposedN/AN/A

Elections in the 1770s

General election 11 October 1774: Stamford (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Non Partisan George Howard UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan Henry Cecil UnopposedN/AN/A

Elections in the 1780s

General election 13 September 1780: Stamford (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Non Partisan George Howard UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan Henry Cecil UnopposedN/AN/A
General election 1 April 1784: Stamford (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Non Partisan George Howard UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan Henry Cecil UnopposedN/AN/A

Elections in the 1790s

General election 1790: Stamford (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Non Partisan George Howard UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan John Proby UnopposedN/AN/A
General election 1796: Stamford (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Non Partisan George Howard UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan John Proby UnopposedN/AN/A
By-Election October 1796: Stamford
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Non Partisan John Leland UnopposedN/AN/A
Non Partisan hold Swing N/A

Election Results 1801-1918

1800s1810s1820s1830s1840s1850s1860s1870s1880s1890s1900s1910s

Elections in the 1800s

By-Election February 1801: Stamford
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Tory Albemarle Bertie Unopposed N/AN/A
Tory gain from Non Partisan Swing N/A
General election 1802: Stamford (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Tory John Leland Unopposed N/AN/A
Tory Albemarle Bertie Unopposed N/AN/A
General election 1806: Stamford (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Tory John Leland Unopposed N/AN/A
Tory Albemarle Bertie Unopposed N/AN/A
General election 1807: Stamford (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Tory John Leland Unopposed N/AN/A
Tory Albemarle Bertie Unopposed N/AN/A
By-Election January 1808: Stamford
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Tory Evan Foulkes Unopposed N/AN/A
Tory hold Swing N/A
By-Election February 1809: Stamford
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Tory Charles Chaplin 306 68.3 N/A
Whig Jephson Oddy14231.7New
Majority15436.6N/A
Turnout 448N/AN/A
Tory hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1810s

General election 1812: Stamford (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Tory Evan Foulkes 360 36.5 N/A
Tory John Henniker-Major 354 35.9 N/A
Whig Gerard Noel27227.6N/A
Majority828.3N/A
Turnout 986 (626 voted)N/AN/A
Tory hold Swing

Note (1812): Stooks Smith records that the polls were open for two days

General election 1818: Stamford (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Tory Lord Thomas Cecil 328 49.1
Tory William Henry Percy 324 48.5
Whig Joseph Clayton Jennyns121.8
Whig Thomas Best40.6
Majority31246.7
Turnout 668 (336 voted)
Tory hold Swing

Note (1818): Stooks Smith records that the polls were open for one day

Elections in the 1820s

General election 1820: Stamford (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Tory Lord Thomas Cecil Unopposed N/AN/A
Tory William Henry Percy Unopposed N/AN/A
General election 1826: Stamford (2 seats)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Tory Lord Thomas Cecil Unopposed N/AN/A
Tory Thomas Chaplin Unopposed N/AN/A

Elections in the 1830s

General election 1830: Stamford (2 seats) [8] [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Tory Thomas Cecil 467 41.8
Tory Thomas Chaplin 335 30.0
Whig Charles Tennyson 31428.1
Majority211.9
Turnout 667c.86.6
Registered electors c.770
Tory hold
Tory hold

Note (1830): Stooks Smith records that the polls were open for four days

General election 1831: Stamford (2 seats) [8] [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Tory Thomas Cecil 390 37.2 4.6
Whig Charles Tennyson 356 34.0 +5.9
Tory Thomas Chaplin 30228.81.2
Turnout 666c.86.5c.0.1
Registered electors c.770
Majority343.2+1.3
Tory hold Swing 3.8
Majority545.2N/A
Whig gain from Tory

Note (1831): Stooks Smith records that the polls were open for three days

General election 1832: Stamford (2 seats) [8] [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Tory Thomas Chaplin 526 40.9 +12.1
Tory George Finch 463 36.0 1.2
Whig Arthur Francis Gregory [11] 29623.011.0
Majority16713.0+9.8
Turnout 76690.0c.+3.5
Registered electors 851
Tory hold Swing +7.5
Tory gain from Whig
General election 1835: Stamford (2 seats) [8] [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Thomas Chaplin Unopposed
Conservative George Finch Unopposed
Registered electors 755
Conservative hold
Conservative hold
General election 1837: Stamford (2 seats) [8] [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Conservative Thomas Chaplin 201 50.0
Conservative Charles Manners 200 49.8
Whig Hercules Langford Rowley 10.2
Majority20049.6
Turnout 20129.4
Registered electors 684
Conservative hold
Conservative hold

Note (1837): Rowley retired before the poll.

By-election, 1 May 1838: Stamford [8] [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Conservative George Clerk Unopposed
Conservative hold

Elections in the 1840s

General election 1841: Stamford (2 seats) [10] [8]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative George Clerk Unopposed
Conservative Charles Manners Unopposed
Registered electors 661
Conservative hold
Conservative hold
By-election, 10 February 1845: Stamford [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative George Clerk Unopposed
Conservative hold
General election 1847: Stamford (2 seats) [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Charles Manners 349 40.0 N/A
Conservative John Charles Herries 288 33.0 N/A
Conservative John Rolt 23627.0N/A
Majority526.0N/A
Turnout 52485.1N/A
Registered electors 616
Conservative hold
Conservative hold

Note (1847): Stooks Smith has a registered electorate figure of 613, but Craig's figure of 616 is used to calculate turnout.

Elections in the 1850s

By-election, 6 March 1852: Stamford [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative John Charles Herries Unopposed
Conservative hold
General election 1852: Stamford (2 seats) [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative John Charles Herries Unopposed
Conservative Frederic Thesiger Unopposed
Registered electors 566
Conservative hold
Conservative hold
By-election, 22 August 1853: Stamford [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Robert Gascoyne-Cecil Unopposed
Conservative hold
General election 1857: Stamford (2 seats) [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Robert Gascoyne-Cecil Unopposed
Conservative Frederic Thesiger Unopposed
Registered electors 529
Conservative hold
Conservative hold
By-Election, 3 March 1858: Stamford [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative John Inglis Unopposed
Conservative hold
By-election, 17 July 1858: Stamford [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Stafford Northcote Unopposed
Conservative hold
General election 1859: Stamford (2 seats) [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Robert Gascoyne-Cecil Unopposed
Conservative Stafford Northcote Unopposed
Registered electors 539
Conservative hold
Conservative hold

Elections in the 1860s

General election 1865: Stamford (2 seats) [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Robert Gascoyne-Cecil Unopposed
Conservative Stafford Northcote Unopposed
Registered electors 512
Conservative hold
Conservative hold
By-election, 8 May 1866: Stamford [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative John Dalrymple-Hay Unopposed
Conservative hold
By-election, 12 July 1866: Stamford (2 seats) [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Robert Gascoyne-Cecil Unopposed
Conservative John Dalrymple-Hay Unopposed
Conservative hold
Conservative hold
By-election, 4 May 1868: Stamford [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Charles Chetwynd-Talbot Unopposed
Conservative hold
By-election, 24 June 1868: Stamford [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative William Unwin Heygate Unopposed
Conservative hold
General election 1868: Stamford [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative John Dalrymple-Hay Unopposed
Registered electors 1,094
Conservative hold

Elections in the 1870s

General election 1874: Stamford
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative John Dalrymple-Hay 557 57.7 N/A
Liberal Marston Clarke Buszard 41142.3New
Majority14615.4N/A
Turnout 96881.8N/A
Registered electors 1,183
Conservative hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1880s

Buszard Buszard-1880.jpg
Buszard
General election 1880: Stamford [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Marston Clarke Buszard 601 52.2 +9.9
Conservative John Dalrymple-Hay 55147.8−9.9
Majority504.4N/A
Turnout 1,15291.8+10.0
Registered electors 1,255
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +9.7
General election 1885: Stamford [13]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative John Lawrance 4,647 56.9 +9.1
Liberal Joseph Stevens Cudlip3,51443.1−9.1
Majority1,13313.8N/A
Turnout 8,16183.8−8.0
Registered electors 9,741
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +9.1
General election 1886: Stamford [13]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative John Lawrance Unopposed
Conservative hold

Elections in the 1890s

Lawrance resigned after being appointed a Judge of the Queen's Bench division of the High Court of Justice, causing a by-election.

By-election, 7 March 1890: Stamford [13]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Henry Cust 4,236 51.7 N/A
Liberal Arthur Priestley 3,95448.3New
Majority2823.4N/A
Turnout 8,19077.8N/A
Registered electors 10,526
Conservative hold Swing N/A
General election 1892: Stamford [13]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Henry Cust 4,150 50.8 N/A
Liberal Arthur Priestley 4,02649.2N/A
Majority1241.6N/A
Turnout 8,17684.0N/A
Registered electors 9,733
Conservative hold Swing N/A
General election 1895: Stamford [13]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative William Younger 4,203 52.4 +1.6
Liberal Arthur Priestley 3,81447.6−1.6
Majority3894.8+3.2
Turnout 8,01783.0−1.0
Registered electors 9,657
Conservative hold Swing +1.7

Elections in the 1900s

William Younger 1911 William Younger.jpg
William Younger
General election 1900: Stamford [13]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative William Younger 4,292 55.8 +3.4
Liberal Lewis Haslam 3,39544.2−3.4
Majority89711.6+6.8
Turnout 7,68780.6−1.4
Registered electors 9,534
Conservative hold Swing +3.4
General election 1906: Stamford [13]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative John Joicey-Cecil 4,559 53.2 −2.6
Liberal F. Percy Rawson4,01846.9+2.7
Majority5416.3−5.3
Turnout 8,57787.7+7.1
Registered electors 9,782
Conservative hold Swing −2.7

Elections in the 1910s

General election January 1910: Stamford
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Claud Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby 4,666 52.0 −1.2
Liberal George Henry Parkin4,31048.0+1.1
Majority3564.0−2.3
Turnout 8,97689.3+1.6
Conservative hold Swing −1.2
General election December 1910: Stamford
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Claud Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby 4,545 51.9 −0.1
Liberal George Henry Parkin4,20648.1+0.1
Majority3393.8−0.2
Turnout 8,75187.0−2.3
Conservative hold Swing −0.1

General Election 1914–15:

Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;

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