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1878 Argyllshire by-election

1878 Argyllshire by-election

The 1878 Argyllshire by-election was fought on 27 August 1878. The byelection was fought due to the resignation of the incumbent Liberal Member of Parliament, the Marquess of Lorne to become Governor General of Canada. It was retained by Lorne's brother the Liberal candidate Lord Colin Campbell.[1]

By-election, 31 Aug 1878: Argyllshire[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Colin Campbell 1,462 56.9 N/A
Conservative John Malcolm 1,107 43.1 N/A
Majority 355 13.8 N/A
Turnout 2,569 82.0 N/A
Registered electors 3,133
Liberal hold Swing N/A


Lord Campbell's expenses came to £5,700 9s 4d and Colonel Malcolm's were approximately £9,000.[4]


  1. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs
  2. Craig, F. W. S., ed. (1977). British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (e-book) (1st ed.). London: Macmillan Press. p. 570. ISBN 978-1-349-02349-3.
  3. "Argyllshire election". Dublin Daily Express. 29 August 1878. Retrieved 2 October 2016 via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. "Elections". The Cornishman. No. 17. 7 November 1878. p. 7.

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