s tour as the newly elected Member for Middlesex, the political unions and burghs of Auchtermuchty and Leslie petitioned for reform, including burgh reform, retrenchment, lower taxes, an extended franchise, short parliaments, annually elected councils and the ballot; and the and James Dunlop?s pamphlet to sustain the campaign, which at Cupar in November was taken up by Sir Ronald Ferguson.44 Wemyss?Oswald had declared publicly as a church and state candidate, 9 Feb., and Wemyss stood on the ? as his father.7 Melville, hearing from Kellie and others on the 10th that Wemyss? For many years past the General was rather suffered than approved of as a representative of the county, and the bringing forward [of] the son, who possesses no personal claims, under the very peculiar situation of his family, was a measure that I did not conceive any judicious person would have promoted.s success was assured, maintained that government would not interfere, but he kept a close watch on the Tory infighting.8 Facing defeat, Oswald and Ferguson, who projected himself as a reluctant candidate, attributed Wemyss? This appears to me the more extraordinary upon the part of the Hope family, who never had any intimacy with that of Wemyss and who upon public grounds were supported in opposition to them by my father and many respectable gentlemen of the county only a few years ago ...s politics on nominating him, but Campbell drew attention to the independent and uncertain political line he had followed since Liverpool?s stroke in February 1827, noting especially his recent vote to abolish the Irish lord lieutenancy, which Wemyss defended, and to his failure to secure patronage for all save his family. s appointment as a military aide-de-camp to William IV, Wemyss made a virtue of his ? , projected himself as a sailor and Fifeshire man, refused to give pledges or discuss parliamentary reform, and was returned unopposed.42 Towns, villages, congregations and branches of the Political Union petitioned Parliament against slavery in the winter of 1830-1, and Campbell took pains to have any from the Cupar district forwarded for presentation by his brother, who had come in for Stafford.43 In the wake of Hume?must greatly depend upon how far the candidate is likely to obtain the support of government in opposition to myself?; and he refused to back down after Melville warned him on the 7th that Wemyss had the backing of Lords Kellie and Hopetoun and that a division in their party could result in the return of a Whig.6 James Stuart of Dunearn and Edinburgh, a Whig moderate who advertised his candidature on 5 Feb., was a stalking horse for Robert Ferguson and desisted directly Ferguson agreed to stand, 10 Feb. s funeral.9 Justifying his own conduct to Melville on the 25th, Oswald wrote: I did not anticipate that either Lord Kellie or through him Lord Hopetoun would have given in to such a project, or that upon any sound principle they should have been led to consider the interests of government in this country as properly placed in the hands of the Wemyss family.
Ferguson claimed that he had had the support of a third of the electorate and attributed his poor showing to his decision, on perceiving Wemyss?
Under examination, Wemyss spoke of his politics hitherto as ? The county was convened in January 1827 after interference by certain corporations and the bankruptcy of the entrepreneur Andrew Greenhill put the Forth ferry and attendant road schemes in jeopardy.32 Requesting Rosslyn? s clerk Thomas Horsburgh wrote: I cannot but view with the deepest regret the crisis to which the county has been brought by the folly and ignorance of a set of thoughtless gentlemen arising in the first instance out of pique and jealousy in some, supported by avaricious principles in others, and last, though not the least by self-interested motives of an individual.