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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 14

Representative Peers for Scotland

Representative Peers for Scotland.


Bom in Pay. Acres. Rental. Livings. Personalty left by Predecessor. Scotch Peerage. Irish Peerage. Title of Eldest Son.


1849 Balfour of Burleigh. 6th...... 2,715 £3,364 ... ... ... ... ... (Bruce). Elected 1876. This Peerage was under attainder from 1715 to 1869, not because the Balfour of the former date was a convicted murderer who had escaped his gaolers, but because four years later he was present at a meeting where the Pretender's health was drunk, and shortly afterwards went into open rebellion. W. d. 5th Earl of Aberdeen.

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Born in Acres. Rental. Livings. Personalty left by Predecessor. Scotch Peerage. Irish Peerage. Title of Eldest Son. £ £ £ 1818 Blantyre, 12th............. ... 14,061 19,970 ... ... ... ... Master of Blantyre. (Stuart). Elected 1850. Retired Army Officer. W. d. 2nd Duke of Sutherland, (deceased). 1829 Forbes. 19th ............ ... 13,621 5,675 ... ... ... ... ... (Forbes). Elected 1874. 1s Premier Baron of Scotland. Has never at any time had any public pay. 1838 Polwarth. 6th ........... ... 10,664 15,243 ... ... ... ... Master of Polwarth. (Hepburne-Scott). Elected 1882. 1s Lord Lieutenant of Selkirkshire. W. d. 5th Earl of Aberdeen. 1831 Sinclair, 14th........... ... 4,346 6,600 ... ... ... ... Master of Sinclair. (Sinclair). Elected 1885. Colonel in Army (retired). W. D. Jas. Murray. Totals......... £410 275,209 £198,166

The constituent body of the Scotch Peerage includes these 16 gentlemen above, in addition to all such Peers of the United Kingdom as hold Scotch patents (see the column set apart for their names). There are 20 Scotch Peerages still outside the charmed circle of Hereditary Legislative Right, as in list elsewhere given, a general glimpse over which will show that one title is dormant, that 2 ladies, 3 foreigners, and 4 landless lords make up half the number. Whether the ladies have a right to vote at the elections (which precede every new Parliament) does not appear. This much, however, is certain, on which the people will do well to ponder: that for 37 years Liberal names have been voted down at these caucuses of the Scotch Peerage, Lord Blantyre (sent up first in 1850) being the only Liberal who now remains on the list. Of the Scotch Peers of the United Kingdom 29 are Tory, and only 18 are Liberal. Of the Representative Peers above named, 15 are Tory and only 1 Liberal, whilst amongst those in the list later on it will be seen that no Liberal at all can be found.