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

John Guild, Provost - 24th September 1771.

 

JOHN GUILD, MERCHANT IN DUNDEE, WAS ADMITTED BURGESS BY THE PRIVILEGE OF JAMES GUILD, MALTMAN, BURGESS OF DUNDEE, HIS FATHER.

JOHN GUILD, who was for a long time Provost of Dundee, was born therein 1742. His father, JAMES GUILD, as the entry indicates, was a maltman, and according to his tombstone in the Howff (No. 795), was born in 1705, and died in 1782, aged seventy seven. His son, the PROVOST, reached exactly the same age, as he died on 15th December, 1819. He entered the Town Council at the date of his admission as Burgess (1771), was appointed Treasurer in 1774, and a Bailie two years afterwards. He was raised to the Provost's chair in 1802, and alternated that office with PROVOST RIDDOCH continuously till 181.5. His Son, JOHN GUILD, jun., was admitted Burgess on 24th September, 1799, and served for eleven years from that time in the Council, holding the offices of Bailie, Treasurer, and Hospital Master occasionally during this period. ALEXANDER GUILD, baker, brother of PROVOST GUILD, was admitted Burgess on 23rd September, 1784, and also served as Councillor for several years.