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

Robert Jobson, Merchant (Provost) - 22nd September 1811



BAILIE JOHN JOBSON, merchant, Dundee, was born in 1698, and died 1788, having reached the age of ninety years. He was admitted Burgess on 30th April, 1723, was elected Treasurer in 1730 when he entered the Council, and Bailie in 1734. ROBERT JOBSON, whose name is entered here, was the son of BAILIE JOBSON, by ELIZABETH BROWN, his third wife, who was a sister of BAILIE BROWN of West Thorn. He was elected Dean of Guild in 1818, and thus was the first Dean to hold office after that Incorporation had recovered their lost privileges. He entered the Town Council as Dean, but was not in office more than one year until he was called upon in 1831 to act as Chief Magistrate after the disfranchisement of the town. At that time he superintended the poll election ordered by the Privy Council, and acted as Returning Officer for the Council. In 1832 he re entered the Council, but held no office therein. His death took place in 1836. Between the birth of JOHN JOBSON and the death of his son ROBERT, the exceptional period of 138 years elapsed.

[The following reference to the Abolition of the Burgess Oath is entered in the Lockit Book in its proper chronological place, amongst the names on the Roll:

At Dundee the first day of September, 1819, which day the Provost, Magistrates, and remanent Members of the Town Council of Dundee, having met and conveened in Council consulting about the ordinary affairs of this Burgh, The Provost produced copy of an Act of the last Convention of Royal Burghs of the following tenor: " Edinburgh, 14th July, 1819. The same day the Commissioner for Montrose, in pursuance of the notice given by him yesterday, moved That this Convention, viewing the imposition of any Oath upon an entrant Burgess as unnecessary and inexpedient in the present state of society, direct the Magistrates of the several Royal Burghs of Scotland to forbear in future exacting the same, and recommend that in lieu thereof the Magistrates cause a clause to be inserted in the ticket of admission declaring that by the acceptance of his privilege the entrant becomes solemnly bound to discharge every civil duty incumbent by law on a true and faithful Burgess of the Burgh into which he is admitted which motion, having been seconded, was unanimously agreed to, and the Agent was instructed to communicate the same to the Burghs at large:" Which having been considered by the Council, and it being also considered that although in this Burgh the Acts of Council admitting Burgesses and the Burgess Tickets bear that the persons admitted Burgesses have taken the Burgal Oath, yet in practice the Oath has not been actually administered past memory of man, the Council ordain that in future no person admitted as a Burgess shall be required to take or swear the Burgal Oath, which is hereby totally abolished, and the Council direct that in time coming that part of the Acts of Council admitting Burgesses, and of the Extracts thereof, or Burgess Tickets, which mentions that the persons admitted Burgesses have taken the Burgal Oath shall be omitted, and also that to all Acts of Council admitting Burgesses either by privilege or purchase, and to the Extracts thereof or Burgess Tickets, there shall be added the following words, or others to the same purport, viz.: " Declaring that by acceptance of his privileges the said
becomes solemnly bound to discharge every civil duty incumbent by law on a true and faithful Burgess of the said Burgh."]


Iain D. McIntosh, Friends of Dundee City Archives