Thomas Blaikie

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Sir Thomas Blaikie

Sir Thomas Blaikie (11 February 1802 – 25 September 1861) was a Scottish magistrate.

Born in Aberdeen, he was the son of John Blaikie (1756–1826), a plumbing merchant and his wife Helen Richardson (1765–1844). His older brother was James Ogilvie Blaikie (1786–1836). He was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School and then went to Marischal College.[1] Blaikie was elected Lord Provost of Aberdeen five times and served from 1839 until 1847 and again from 1853 until 1856. In the latter year, he was created a Knight Bachelor.[1]

On 13 November 1828, he married Agnes, the fifth daughter of the Postmaster Alexander Dingwall. The Barque Agnes Blaikie (barque) was presumably named in her honour. They had 10 children; John, Janet, Helen, Agnes Dingwall, Jane, Margaret Jopp, Ann Thomson, Thomas, George Thomson & Emily. Incidentally, Agnes Dingwall Bateson (née Blaikie) was the mother of Sir Alexander Dingwall Bateson, high court judge, and Harold Dingwall Bateson, England Rugby player.

Another point of interest in Sir Thomas' life, was the first conflict of interest case, Aberdeen Railway Co v Blaikie Brothers. Blaikie Brothers were an engineering company specialising in Iron work. A notable piece of work they carried out was the renovation of Crathie Suspension Bridge near Balmoral Castle in 1885. This work was contracted by Queen Victoria.

Thomas died in 1861 and was survived by his wife until 1885.

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  1. ^ a b Dod, Robert P. (1860). The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Whitaker and Co. pp. 119–120. 

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
James Milne
Lord Provost of Aberdeen
1839–1847
Succeeded by
George Thompson
Preceded by
George Henry
Lord Provost of Aberdeen
1853–1856
Succeeded by
John Webster