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

Adam, Viscount Duncan, 2nd Earl of Camperdown - 12th November 1851,

 

THE RIGHT HON. ADAM, VISCOUNT DUNCAN, WAS CREATED A BURGESS OF THIS BURGH FOR HIS SUCCESSFUL OPPOSITION TO A CONTINUATION OF THE WINDOW TAX, AND GENERALLY FOR HIS PUBLIC SERVICES.

ADAM DUNCAN, VISCOUNT DUNCAN, and afterwards second EARL OF CAMPERDOWN, was the son of ROBERT DUNDAS, first EARL OF CAMPERDOWN, and the grandson of the famous ADMIRAL, VISCOUNT DUNCAN (vide pp. 237 and 266). He was thus the direct lineal descendant of the DUNCANS of Lundie, who were Provosts of Dundee for many years. He was born on 25th March, 1812, and entered the first Parliament of QUEEN VICTORIA as Member for Southampton in 1837. At the General Election in 1841 he was returned for Bath, and continued to represent that city until 1854. The death of the Hon. LAUDERDALF, MAULE, in August, 1854, caused a vacancy in the representation of Forfarshire, and VISCOUNT DUNCAN was elected in his place, and remained, member for the County till he succeeded to the Earldom of Camperdown, at the death of his father, on 22nd December, 1859. VISCOUNT DUNCAN held office as a Lord of the Treasury in the Ministry of LORD PALMERSTON, from 1855 till 1858; and for many years he sat as one of the County representatives at the Harbour Board of Dundee.

The interest which he took in the progress of the Harbour led his colleagues to name the new dock, which was opened in 1865, the "Camperdown Dock," thus commemorating the local and national services of the EARL and his illustrious grandfather, the ADMIRAL. The record of VISCOUNT DUNCAN'S admission as Burgess alludes to his successful efforts in procuring the abolition of the Window Tax, which had been imposed by PITT during the War in 1803, and the evasion of which, by limiting light and ventilation, was believed to have seriously affected public health. LORD DUNCAN was presented with the freedom of the burgh at this time in the presence of a large meeting of the inhabitants, who regarded the repeal of the Window Tax as a national benefit. The EARL died on 30th January, 1867, in the fifty fifth year of his age. He was married on 23rd March, 1839, to JULIANA CAVENDISII PHILIPS, eldest daughter of SIR GERGE RICHARD PHILIPS, Bart., and left two sons and a daughter. The latter was married to LORD ABERCROMBIE in 18.58, and the elder son, ROBERT ADAM PHILIPS DUNCAN HALDANE, is the present EARL OF CAMPERDOWN, who was admitted Burgess of Dundee on 7th August, 1883.