The Burghs had different rules about who should get the vote to the Counties.
It was easier to get the vote in the burghs.
- Male tenants or owners, of property with an annual rental
value of £10 or more, got the vote
- 2,024 men qualified to
vote in Aberdeen
- Most of the new electors were middle class or
- There were hardly any working class electors
- Aberdeen, which included
Old Aberdeen and Woodside, became a constituency on its own. It was
no longer part of the Montrose burghs
- Inverbervie remained part of the
Montrose Burghs, along with Brechin and Forfar
- Peterhead became a parliamentary
burgh for the first time. It was added to the Elgin Burghs
was included in the parliamentary boundary of Banff (another Elgin
The parliament elected in 1832 passed legislation to reform the Royal
Burghs. These changes:
- Introduced elections in 1833
- Removed un-elected councillors
There was no radical change in the counties.
was more difficult to qualify for the vote in the countryside than
in the burghs
- Small tenant farmers did not qualify to vote
- Tenants with the vote
had to vote for the candidate that the laird supported
- There was no
threat to the traditional rule of the landlords
As there was no reform of county government, un-elected Commissioners
of Supply (rich landowners), remained in control until 1889.