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

Patrick Anderson, Provost - 25th September 1804

 

PATRICK ANDERSON, MERCHANT IN DUNDEE, WAS ADMITTED BURGESS FOR HAVING BEEN A FREE APPRENTICE To DAVID COOK, MERCHANT, DUNDEE, AND HAVING PAID FORTY, POUNDS SCOTS TO WILLIAM SMALL, PRESENT TREASURER, IN FULL OF HIS FREEDOM.

At the date of his enrolment PATRICK ANDERSON entered the Council, and served almost continuously from 1804 till 1823. In 1806 he was elected Bailie, in 1817 was Dean of Guild, and was Provost for four terms (1818 19 22 23). It was whilst he occupied this position that the agitation for Municipal Reform began, and the Select Committee of the House of Commons for examining into the condition of the Scottish Burghs considered the case of Dundee during his term of office. PROVOST ANDERSON proposed two different Setts for the Burgh, the principal points in which were afterwards adopted. In the Charter granted to the Infirmary and Lunatic Asylum of Dundee on 27th May, 1819, PROVOST ANDERSON was specially named as an Extraordinary Director, and for many years he contributed liberally to its funds. During the epidemic of typhus fever in 1820, Dr WILLIAM DICK of Dundee proposed a method of checking its progress, and suggested in a volume addressed to PROVOST ANDERSON the establishment of a Board of Health in Dundee, and towards this idea the PROVOST directed his attention. He died on 12th March, 1839, in the fifty sixth year of his age.