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

George Armitstead - 23rd Feb 1854 & 2nd June 1904George Armitstead

 

GEORGE ARMITSTEAD. MERCHANT, WAS ADMITTED BURGESS OF DUNDEE IN RIGHT OF HIS WIFE, JANE BAXTER, DAUGHTER OF EDWARD BAXTER, MERCHANT, BURGESS OF DUNDEE.

GEORGE ARMITSTEAD, formerly Member of Parliament for Dundee, is the Son Of GEORGE ARMITSTEAD, Esquire of Easingwold, Yorkshire, and of Riga. He was born in February, 1824, and was early settled in business at Dundee as a merchant trading to Russia. He claims his freedom as a Burgess through his wife, a daughter of EDWARD BAXTER of Kincaldrum, who was admitted Burgess on 21st November, 1816 (vide page 248).

Mr ARMITSTEAD entered Parliament as member for Dundee in 1868; but as his health gave way and precluded him from attending to his duties in the House of Commons in the manner which he considered due to his constituency, he accepted the Chiltern Hundreds, in July, 1873, arid resigned his Parliamentary connection with Dundee. He was succeeded at this time by the late PROVOST JAMES YEAMAN (vide page 281), who represented Dundee for six years. Having regained his health, Mr ARMITSTEAD acceded to the request of a large number of the electors, and again contested the burgh at the General Election of 1880, and was returned as senior Member, with Mr FRANK HENDERSON as his coadjutor.

At the dissolution in 1885, Mr ARMITSTEAD retired from Parliament, and did not offer himself for re-election. He was a munificent benefactor of the principal charitable institutions in Dundee, and founded the Armitstead Lectures, whereby eminent scientific and literary men were brought to the burgh every year to deliver lectures upon special subjects.

Armitsteads Grave
Armitsteads Grave
George Armitstead's Grave in the Western Cemetery Dundee
George Armitstead's Grave in the Western Cemetery Dundee

 

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