Nairnshire

Scottish County

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
Available from Boydell and Brewer

Background Information

Alternated with Cromartyshire

Number of voters:

7 in 17081

Elections

DateCandidate
28 June 1708HUGH ROSE
29 Sept. 1713JOHN FORBES

Main Article

Three families had traditionally predominated in Nairnshire: Brodie of Brodie, Campbell of Calder (Cawdor) and Rose of Kilravock. A fourth, Forbes of Culloden in neighbouring Inverness-shire, having purchased a large estate in Nairn, had the potential to develop into a major force, but was hampered to some extent by the unpopularity engendered by the statutory exemption from excise duty enjoyed by the laird of Culloden in respect of his distillery at Ferintosh. Although John Forbes had been chosen by the county as a commissioner to the Scottish parliament at a by-election in 1704,