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

Robert Dundas Haldane, Viscount Duncan, 1st Earl of Camperdown - 26th August 1831

 

THE RIGHT HON. ROBERT DUNDAS HALDANE DUNCAN OF CAMPERDOWN AND GLENEAGLES, VISCOUNT DUNCAN, WAS ADMITTED AN HONORARY BURGESS FOR HIS LORDSHIP'S ZEAL IN FORWARDING AND CARRYING THROUGH THE DUNDEE MUNICIPAL BILL, AND HIS LORDSHIP'S VALUABLE SERVICES THEREANENT.


ROBERT DUNDAS HALDANE DUNCAN was the elder son of ADMIRAL LORD DUNCAN, and of HENRIETTA DUNDAS (vide page 237), and was born on 21st March, 1785. He succeeded his father as second VISCOUNT in 1804, and a few days after his enrolment as Burgess of Dundee (12th Sept., 1831) he was created EARL OF CAMPERDOWN by letters patent. The special services which he and the others whose names are entered beside his own had rendered to the Burgh are indicated in the entry. The Dundee Municipal Bill had the effect of settling the constitution of the Burgh, and placing the election of the Council in the hands of the ratepayers. In acknowledging receipt of his Burgess Ticket, LORD DUNCAN wrote as follows:

"LONDON, 2nd September, 1831.
Sir,

May I request of you to convey to the Magistrates and Town Council of Dundee my most humble thanks for the flattering compliment conferred on me by them in creating me an Honorary Burgess of the town. If any circumstance could add to my satisfaction it is the Record which has been entered on the occasion. I trust I shall be always ready to forward, as far as my limited powers permit, any measure calculated to promote the welfare of the Inhabitants of Dundee; but in supporting the Municipal Bill I acted on much broader grounds. I consider it more a national than a local Bill, and taking it for a precedent I trust every Burgh will seek for and obtain a similar one; that thus the self election of Magistrates, so false in its principle and so corrupt in its practice, will be annihilated, and Scotland be at length freed from a system so disgraceful and prejudicial to any country I remain, with every sentiment of respect, your faithful very obedt. servt.,

DUNCAN.
Will. Barrie, Esq., Town Clerk, Dundee."

The EARL OF CAMPERDOWN died on 22nd December, 1859, and was succeeded by his eldest son, ADAM, VISCOUNT DUNCAN, who was admitted Burgess on 12th November, 1851.