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Memorials of the Aldermen, Provosts, and Lord Provosts of Aberdeen, 1272-1895 (Classic Reprint)

Memorials of the Aldermen, Provosts, and Lord Provosts of Aberdeen, 1272-1895 (Classic Reprint)

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Among the royal burghs in Scotland, Aberdeen holds a prominent position for the completeness of its municipal history, and in no respect is this more clearly shown than by glancing down the long list of those who have held the chief civic position in the community. In making a retrospect of the municipal life of the burgh, we are indebted to the almost unbroken series of local records, both civil and ecclesiastical, for the material used for placing in relief the history of those who, in times gone past, have guided the counsels of the ancient burgh.

The aim of the following sketches is to gather up the frag ments of history relating to the various occupants of the civic chair, and to group round them some of the incidents of their municipal career, with the possibility, it may be, of interesting not a few in the fact that, as Baillie Skene says, this city hath not been a barren mother or nurse in our Israel in bringing forth and breeding up many eminent men and brave spirits, whereof there may be set down a large catalogue. The list of those who have filled the chair, so far as recovered, embraces the names of one hundred and forty-two individuals, who might fitly find a place in such a catalogue as Baillie Skene proposed.

How or when the municipal government originated in Aber deen it is impossible to say, but there is distinct evidence of its existence, in some form or other, for at least two centuries before 1272, when the first alderman is mentioned. The scarcity.

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