The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 14
Representative Peers for Scotland
Representative Peers for Scotland.
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.