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

Thomas Bell. Provost, Merchant - 7th October 1782

 

THOMAS BELL, MERCHANT IN DUNDEE, WAS ADMITTED BURGESS FOR HAVING BEEN A FREE APPRENTICE To ALEXANDER RIDDOCH, MERCHANT IN DUNDEE, AND HAVING PAID FORTY POUNDS SCOTS TO THE SAID ALEXANDER RIDDOCH, WHEN TREASURER, IN FULL OF His FREEDOM.

THOMAS BELL was the third son of JOHN BELL of Kilduncan and Bonnytown, Fife, and was born on 19th July, 1759. He entered into partnership with ALEXANDER BALFOUR (afterwards PROVOST), and established the firm of BELL & BALFOUR, merchants and flaxspinners in Dundee.

For many years both he and his partner were members of the Town Council, and both occupied the Provost's chair. Mr BELL entered the Council in 1791, was Treasurer in 1795, Bailie from 1796 to 1803, and retired from the Council in 1804. Having re entered the Council in 1819, he was again chosen Bailie in 1821, held that office till 1827, and was elected Provost as successor to Mr BALFOUR in 1828 and 1829.

He died on 9th January, 1844, in the eighty-fifth year of his age. An elegant monument was lately erected to his memory over his grave (No. 47) in the Howff.