Anstruther Burghs (UK Parliament constituency)

Anstruther Burghs
Former Burgh constituency
for the House of Commons
Subdivisions of Scotland County of Fife
Major settlements Anstruther Easter, Anstruther Wester, Pittenweem, Crail, Kilrenny
Number of members One
Replaced by St Andrews Burghs
Created from Anstruther Easter, Anstruther Wester, Crail, Kilrenny, Pittenweem

Anstruther Burghs was a district of burghs constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of Great Britain from 1708 to 1800 and of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1801 to 1832.

It elected one Member of Parliament (MP).


The constituency comprised the burghs of Anstruther Easter, Anstruther Wester, Pittenweem, Crail, and Kilrenny, in the county of Fife.

In 1832, the burghs were combined with the Fife burghs of Cupar and St Andrews, which were previously components of Perth Burghs, to form St Andrews Burghs.

Members of Parliament

ElectionMember [1] Party [2] !Notes
1708 Sir John Anstruther, 1st Bt
1712 George Hamilton
1713 Sir John Anstruther, 1st Bt
1715 Philip Anstruther
1741 John Stewart
1747 Philip Anstruther I Lieutenant-governor of Minorca 1742–1743
1754 Sir Henry Erskine, 5th Bt
1766 by-election Sir John Anstruther, 2nd Bt
1774 Philip Anstruther II Later 3rd Baronet
1778 by-election Hon. George Damer Chief Secretary for Ireland 1794–1795
1780 Sir John Anstruther, 2nd Bt
1783 by-election John Anstruther
1790 Sir John Anstruther, 2nd Bt
1793 by-election Robert Anstruther
1794 by-election William Dundas
1796 John Anstruther Whig MP for Cockermouth 1790–1796
1797 by-election Alexander Campbell
1806 Sir John Anstruther, 4th Bt
1811 by-election John Anstruther
Feb 1818 by-election Alexander Maconochie previously MP for Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
1819 by-election Sir William Rae, 3rd Bt Tory later MP for Harwich, Buteshire and Portarlington
1826 James Balfour Tory
1831 Andrew Johnston Whig afterwards MP for St Andrews Burghs
1832 constituency abolished. See St Andrews Burghs


  1. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 1)
  2. Stooks Smith, Henry. (1973) [1844–1850]. Craig, F. W. S., ed. The Parliaments of England (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 628–629. ISBN 0-900178-13-2.


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