From the Book of Eminent Burgesses of Dundee 1513 to 1885.

John Dempster, Merchant - 26th September 1765.

 

WHICH DAY JOHN DEMPSTER, ESQUIRE., WAS ADMITTED BURGESS AND GUILD BROTHER OF DUNDEE, BY THE PRIVILEGE OF THE DECEAST GEORGE DEMPSTER, MERCHANT IN DUNDEE, HIS GRANDFATHER.

JOHN HAMILTON DEMPSTER Was the younger brother of GEORGE DEMPSTER of Dunnichen and was associated with him in many of his mercantile enterprises. For a long time he managed the affairs of the Dundee Banking Co. in the absence of his brother at London, and served continuously in the Town Council as Councillor to the Guild, and Merchant Councillor from 1766 till 1780. During this period he filled at various times the posts of Treasurer and of Shore master, and was seldom absent from the stated meetings of the Council. He obtained the estate of Skibo, in Sutherlandshire, from his brother, and endeavoured to found a cotton factory there; but this scheme proved unsuccessful, and caused the two DEMPSTERS to suffer considerable monetary loss. His descendants held Skibo from his time till 1872, the then proprietor being his grandson.