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

David Brown, Provost, Merchant - 8th August 1799.

 

DAVID BROWN, MERCHANT IN DUNDEE, WAS ADMITTED BURGESS BY THE PRIVILEGE OF MARGARET PEDDIE, HIS SPOUSE, LAWFUL DAUGHTER OF BAILIE ANDREW PEDDIE, MERCHANT, BURGESS OF DUNDEE.

ANDREW PEDDIE, through whose daughter MARGARET, DAVID BROWN claims his freedom, was for a long time Bailie in Dundee, as was also his son ANDREW PEDDIE of Bankhead. The former died in 1810, and the latter in 1837. It was probably through the influence of his father in law that DAVID BROWN was introduced to public life. He entered the Council in 1801, and continued to serve in it without intermission for twenty five years.

During this long period he was frequently Bailie, was four times elected Provost (1820 21 24 25), and also held the offices of Dean of Guild, Kirk master, Treasurer, and Harbour Commissioner. After the Council had been reconstituted by the Municipal Act, he re entered the Council in 1832 and 1833, but his age precluded him from taking much interest in public affairs. He died on 21st June, 1845, and was buried in the Howff (No. 592) beside his wife's family. The inscription on his tombstone is as follows:

"In memory of David Brown, merchant in Dundee, who died 21 June, 1845, aged 76 years. He was long a member of the Town Council, and for several years Chief Magistrate of Dundee, and he took an active part in the management of the public and charitable Institutions of the town. In private life his conduct drew around him a large circle of friends by whom he was much esteemed. This stone is erected by his family. Also in remembrance of Margaret Peddie, wife of the said David Brown, who died 27 March, 1850, aged 74."