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A LIST OF BAILLIES, PROVOSTS & LORD PROVOSTS
OF THE BURGH OF DUNDEE, SCOTLAND

This table of information is extracted from the publication, "City of Dundee, Scotland, A Chronicle of the City's Office Bearers, Chambers, Regalia, Castles and Twin Cities". The purpose of making this table available here was for the benefit of readers simply looking for the information contained therein. The full booklet may be obtained from The City Chambers, City Square, Dundee, Scotland,  but (a previous edition) can also be seen in PDF format online at www.dundeecity.gov.uk/publications/heraldic.pdf 
Readers should appreciate the effort expended by council staff and others to extract the information in this list from many old documents held at Dundee City Archives.

LIST OF BAILLIES, PROVOSTS & LORD PROVOSTS OF THE BURGH OF DUNDEE
The minutes of the Town Council of Dundee which are still in existence do not bear an earlier date than 1552, but as the names of Provosts and Baillies were usually entered in the 'Lockit-Book' over every name of an admitted Burgess, it is thus possible to form a more complete historical list of Office Holders for the City. Where dates before 1482 omit any mention of a Provost, the name of the Principal Baillie has been listed.
(Numbered references appear at the foot of the table.)
1286 Radulfo, Magister de Dundee  
1330 Richard de Fordoun Senior Provost
1341 Alan de Balmossy Baillie
1341 Peter de Haia Baillie
1341 William de Both Baillie
1341 Richard de Fordoun Junior Baillie
1342 Nicholas de Both Provost
1342 Alexander de Scralyn Baillie
1343 Stephen Forbour Baillie
1360 Patrick Parker Baillie
1362 William de Harden Baillie
1362 Thomas of Angus Baillie
1364 William de Harden Provost
1365 Andrew Parker Baillie
1365 Andrew Clerk Baillie
1366 Alexander Skyrmechour 1 Constable, Provost
1366 William de Inverpefre Baillie
1367 Andrew Parker Baillie
1369 William de Harden Provost
1375 Galfrid Ayre Baillie
1376 Richard Spalding Baillie
1377 Laurence Brow Baillie
1377 Robert Bell Baillie
1379 Thomas Clerk Baillie
1380 Robert Templeman Baillie
1381 Robert Bell Baillie
1382 Hugh de Jedworth Baillie
1383 Robert Bell Baillie
1384 Robert Templeman Baillie
1384 David de Aberkirdor Baillie
1384 John de Mortuo Mari 2 Baillie
1387 Richard Scott Baillie
1388 Robert Templeman Baillie
1389 Hugh de Jedworth Baillie
1390 Robert Templeman Baillie
1391 Patrick de Inverpefre Baillie
1392 Richard Scott Baillie
1393 William Clerk Baillie
1393 John Young Baillie
1395 Richard Scott Baillie
1396 Robert Templeman Baillie
1397 Richard Scott Baillie
1398 Robert de Guthry Baillie
1401 John de Lyndesei Baillie
1402 Richard Scott Baillie
1403 Robert de Guthry 3 Baillie
1404 Robert Templeman Baillie
1405 Richard Scott Baillie
1406 - 07 Adam Clerk Baillie
1409 Richard Scott Baillie
1410 John Mortuo Mari 2 Baillie
1410 John Andrewson Baillie
1412 - 14 Richard Scott Baillie & Clerk of Coquet
1415 - 18 James Elgy Baillie
1420 Galfrid de Disart Baillie
1421 Duncan Parcare Baillie
1421 Thomas Clerk Baillie
1421 William de Blare Baillie
1422 - 24 Duncan Parcare Baillie
1425 - 28 Galfrid de Disart Baillie
1429 William de Strathechyn Provost
1429 William Plater Baillie
1431 William Playfair Baillie
1434 Simon de Ferne Baillie
1435 Alexander de Blare Baillie
1435 David de Aberkirdor Baillie
1435 David de Spalding Baillie
1438 Simon de Ferne Baillie
1442 David Spalding Baillie
1443 William de Straithain Provost
1444 - 45 Walter Grynlaw Baillie
1446 William de Straithain Baillie
1447 - 48 James de Fothringhame Baillie
1449 Robert de Balmanach Baillie
1450 James de Fothringhame Baillie
1451 Walter Grenelaw Baillie
1453 James de Fothringhame Baillie
1454 Robert Deuchre Baillie
1454 Henry de Fothringhame of Pourie Provost
1455 Malcolm de Deuchre Baillie
1456 David Guthrie Baillie
1457 Walter Grinlaw Baillie
1459 David Spalding Baillie
1459 Thomas Spalding Provost
1460 William de Strathauchtyne 4 Provost
1461 John Scrymgeour Provost
1462 Robert de Deuchir Baillie
1463 David Aberkirdor Provost
1463 - 64 James Blare Provost
1464 - 66 James de Fothringhame Baillie
1466 Robert Graham Provost
1467 Malcolm Guthrie Baillie
1468 David Aberkirdor Baillie
1469 Andrew Moncurr Baillie
1469 - 70 John Hay Provost
1470 Malcolm Guthrie Provost
1472 – 75 Malcolm Guthrie Baillie
1476 James Fullerton Provost
1477 David Rollok Baillie
1478 - 79 Robert Graham of Fintry Provost
1480 Malcolm Guthrie Baillie
1481 James Fothringhame Baillie
5 After this entry, the names are those of Provosts only.
1482 David Rollok Provost
1483 Robert Graham of Fintry
1483 - 84 David Aberkirdor
1485 James Rollok
1492 - 97 James Scrymgeour, Constable of Dundee
1497 - 98 Robert Graham of Fintry
1504 James Rollok
1509 Alexander Ogilvie
1513 Lord Gray
1513 Andrew Abercrombie
1513 - 14 Earl of Crauford
1514 - 16 James Rollok
1516 - 20 James Scrymgeour, Constable of Dundee
1520 - 23 Alexander Ogilvie
1523 - 25 William Carmichael of Carpow
1526 - 28 John Scrymgeour of Glaister
1528 - 30 James Scrymgeour, Constable of Dundee
1531 - 32 John Barrie
1543 - 44 Walter Scrymgeour of Glaswell
1544 - 45 Robert Myln
1550 James Dog of Dunrobbene
1551 - 65 James Halyburton 6
1565 - 66 Earl of Crauford
1566 - 86 James Halyburton
1586 - 90 James Scrymgeour of Dudhop
1590 - 92 James Forrester
1592 - 93 James Auchinlek
1593 - 1609 Sir James Scrymgeour
1609 - 14 William Duncan
1614 - 26 William Auchinlek
1626 - 31 Thomas Halyburton
1631 - 33 Thomas Auchinlek
1633 - 37 Thomas Davidson
1637 - 43 James Fletcher
1643 - 46 James Piersoun
1646 - 50 William Kinneris 7
1650 - 58 Thomas Mudy
1658 - 59 Sir Thomas Mudy
1659 - 66 Alexander Wedderburn
1666 - 67 George Fletcher
1667 - 69 George Brown
1669 - 70 John Tarbet
1670 - 72 Alexander Watson
1672 - 77 George Brown
1677 - 81 Alexander Wedderburn of Easter Powrie
1681 - 85 Alexander Duncan
1685 - 86 James Fletcher
1686 Election of Magistrates Prohibited by the King
1686 - 87 Major General John Graham of Claverhouse  (Appointed by Royal Warrant) 8
1687 - 88 James Fletcher
1688 - 89 Major General John Graham of Claverhouse
1689 - 98 James Fletcher
1698 - 1700 Alexander Blair
1700 - 02 John Scrymgeour
1702 - 04 John Duncan
1704 - 06 Alexander Blair
1706 - 08 George Yeaman
1708 - 10 Alexander Blair
1710 - 12 George Yeaman
1712 - 14 Magister Henry Guthrie
1714 - 16 Alexander Ballingall
1716 - 17 John Scrymgeour 9
1717 - 19 Magister Alexander Duncan of Lundie
1719 - 21 John Scrymgeour
1721 - 23 Thomas Bower
1723 - 25 David Maxwell
1725 - 27 George Ramsay
1727 - 28 Alexander Ferrier
1728 - 31 James Fairweather
1731 - 32 Alexander Robertson
1732 - 35 James Fairweather
1735 - 36 Patrick Maxwell
1736 - 38 Andrew Wardropper
1738 - 41 John Donaldson
1741 - 42 Alexander Robertson
1742 - 44 Patrick Yeaman of Blacklaw
1744 - 47 Alexander Duncan of Lundie
1747 - 48 Patrick Yeaman of Blacklaw
1748 - 50 George Yeaman of Balbeuchly
1750 - 53 Patrick Yeaman of Blacklaw
1753 - 54 Andrew Wardropper
1754 - 57 Patrick Yeaman
1757 - 58 Andrew Wardropper
1758 - 61 George Yeaman
1761 - 62 Patrick Yeaman
1762 - 64 John Halyburton
1764 - 66 John Barclay
1766 - 68 Patrick Maxwell
1768 - 70 George Maxwell
1770 - 72 Patrick Maxwell
1772 - 74 Henry Geekie
1774 - 76 Patrick Maxwell
1776 - 78 George Maxwell of Balmyle
1778 - 80 Henry Geekie
1780 - 82 Patrick Maxwell
1782 - 84 John Pitcairn
1784 - 86 Patrick Maxwell
1786 - 88 John Pitcairn
1788 - 90 Alexander Riddoch
1790 - 92 James Johnston
1792 - 94 Alexander Riddoch
1794 - 96 Alexander Thoms
1796 - 98 Alexander Riddoch
1798 - 1800 Alexander Thoms
1800 - 02 Alexander Riddoch
1802 - 04 John Guild
1804 - 07 Alexander Riddoch
1807 - 08 John Guild
1808 - 10 Alexander Riddoch
1810 - 12 John Guild
1812 - 14 Alexander Riddoch
1814 - 16 John Guild
1816 - 18 Alexander Riddoch
1818 - 20 Patrick Anderson
1820 - 22 David Brown
1822 - 24 Patrick Anderson
1824 - 26 David Brown
1826 - 28 Alexander Balfour
1828 - 30 Thomas Bell
1831 Robert Jobson
1831 - 33 William Lindsay
1833 - 39 Alexander Kay
1839 - 41 William Hackney
1841 William Johnstone
1841 - 44 Alexander Lawson
1844 - 47 James Brown
1847 - 53 Patrick Hunter Thoms
1853 - 56 George Rough
1856 - 58 John Ewan
1858 David Rollo
1858 - 61 David Jobson
1861 - 67 Charles Parker
1867 - 69 William Hay
1869 - 72 James Yeaman 10
1872 - 75 James Cox
1875 - 78 William Robertson
1878 - 81 William Brownlee
1881 - 84 Alexander Hay Moncur
1884 - 87 Hugh Ballingall
1887 - 90 William Hunter
11 From this date on, all names listed are 'Lord Provosts'.
1890 - 93 Alexander Mathewson
1893 - 96 Sir James Low, Bart
1896 - 99 Henry McGrady
1899 - 1902 William Hunter
1902 - 05 Charles Barrie
1905 - 08 William Longair
1908 - 14 Sir James Urquhart
1914 - 20 Sir William Don
1920 - 23 Sir Alexander Spence
1923 - 29 Sir William High
1929 - 32 George Anderson Johnston
1932 - 35 William Huntley Buist
1935 - 40 Sir John Phin
1940 - 46 Sir Garnet Wilson
1946 - 49 Archibald Powrie
1949 John Campsie Adamson
1949 - 52 Richard Fenton
1952 - 54 William Black
1954 - 60 William Hughes
1960 - 68 Maurice McManus
1968 - 70 Alexander MacKenzie
1970 - 73 William K. Fitzgerald
1973 - 75 Thomas W. Moore
1975 - 77 Charles D. P. Farquhar
1977 - 80 Henry W. C. Vaughan
1980 - 84 James P. Gowans
1984 - 92 Thomas Mitchell
1992 - 95 Thomas M. McDonald
1995 - 96 Norman A. McGowan
1996 - 99 Mervyn J. Rolfe
1999 - 2001 Helen Wright 12
2001 -      John Ross Letford
 
1 An early form of the name Scrymgeour.
2 An early form of the name Mortimer.
3 In the Exchequer Roll, the remark reads "Robert de Guthry was the sole Baillie present, the other baillies died of the plague."
4 An early form of the name Strachan.
5 After this entry, the names are those of Provosts only.
6 Killed at the Siege of Leith.
7 An early form of the name Kinnear.
8 Known as 'Bonnie Dundee' - he was killed at the Battle of Killiecrankie, 1689.
9 Installed by order of the Duke of Argyll.
10 New Provost's Chain (See page 12 of booklet)
11 From this date on, all names listed are 'Lord Provosts'.
12 Dundee's first woman to serve as Lord Provost.

 

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