WILLIAM HACKNEY, MERCHANT IN DUNDEE, WAS ADMITTED BURGESS FOR HAVING PAID £10 TO P. H. THOMS, PRESENT TOWN CHAMBERLAIN, IN FULL OF HIS FREEDOM,
WILLIAM HACKNEY was a flaxspinner in the Wellgait, Dundee. His first appearance in public life was as Dean of Guild in 1829, and to this office he was re elected in the following year. He entered the Town Council as a Common Councillor in 1837, and was appointed Harbour Trustee. In 1839 and 1840 he was chosen Provost of Dundee, but in consequence of his indifferent health he resigned this office on 14th April, 1841. Whilst he was in power the Water Scheme was brought under discussion, and he succeeded in postponing precipitate action in this matter. At the date of his retirement from office, the Council recorded in the minutes of 17th April, 1841, "their thanks for his zealous attention to the duties of his office while he has been in the Council as Provost."