Horncastle by-election, 1911

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Lord Willoughby, who had held the seat since 1895, succeeded to the peerage on the death of his father, Lord Ancaster. The by-election was called for 16 February 1911.

Result last time[edit]

General Election December 1910: Electorate 10,327
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gilbert Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby 4,705 52.9
Liberal Frederick Linfield 4,181 47.1
Turnout 86.0
Conservative hold Swing


The new Conservative candidate Captain Archibald Weigall, had fought the nearby seat of Gainsborough at the December 1910 general election. Frederick Linfield was formally re-adopted as Liberal candidate on 5 January 1911.


Given the Unionist hold on the seat in recent times and an analysis of the past results and new voters on the roll enabled the correspondent of The Times newspaper to forecast correctly that the Unionists would hold the seat. However, there was a swing to the Liberals that nearly resulted in a gain.

Horncastle by-election, 1911: Horncastle Electorate 10,8047
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Archibald Weigall 4,955 50.5 -2.4
Liberal Frederick Linfield 4,848 49.5 +2.4
Majority 107
Turnout 90.7 +4.7
Conservative hold Swing


Weigall was re-elected in 1918 before taking up an appointment as Governor of South Australia. Linfield did not contest the 1918 elections but was successful in 1922 at Mid Bedfordshire.

General Election 1918 Electorate 23,764
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Archibald Weigall 8,826
Liberal Samuel Pattinson 7,433
Unionist hold Swing


Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.