Lerwick Town Council Election September 1856
From Shetland History Online
The 1856 Lerwick Town Council Election occurred on 4 September.
Limited information is available regarding Town Council elections between 1818 and the early 1870's, as all information was recorded in the council minutes - which only listed the winning candidates but not how many votes they received.
Until 1877, elections were held every 3 years (from 1820) and used the format which saw two Bailies appointed, and 8-9 councillors elected by popular vote. The councillors are listed in order of how many votes they received, however as there was no information available on vote counts, the candidates will be listed as being Unopposed.
|Charles Gilbert Duncan||Appointed as Senior Bailie|
|George Husband Baird Hay||Appointed as Junior Bailie|
|Gilbert Tait||Elected as councillor|
|John Robertson Sr||Elected as councillor|
|Robert Hicks||Elected as councillor|
|Samuel Hunter||Elected as councillor|
|Peter Williamson||Elected as councillor|
|Robert Linklater||Elected as councillor|
|George Reid Tait||Elected as councillor|
|William Merrylees||Elected as councillor|
|John Cowie||Elected as councillor|