List of Lord Provosts of Dundee

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The Lord Provost of Dundee is the chair and civic head of the City of Dundee local authority in Scotland. They are elected by the city council and serve not only as the chair of that body, but as a figurehead and Lord Lieutenant for the city. They are equivalent in many ways to the institution of Mayor that exists in other countries.

Each of the 32 Scottish local authorities elects a Provost, but it is only the four largest cities, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee that have a Lord Provost. This is enshrined in the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994.

The Mediaeval burgh of Dundee was administered by officials known as "Bailies", Provosts and the office of "Constable of Dundee". The office of Provost as the single chief official of the burgh was not created until the 1480s.

List of Provosts and Lord Provosts[edit]

As Provost

  • 1482 David Rollok
  • 1483 Robert Graham of Fintry
  • 1483 - 1484 David Aberkirdor
  • 1485 - 1492 James Rollok
  • 1492 - 1497 James Scrymgeour, (Constable of Dundee)
  • 1497 - 1498 Robert Graham of Fintry
  • 1504 - 1509 James Rollok
  • 1509 - 1513 Alexander Ogilvie
  • 1513 Lord Gray
  • 1513 Andrew Abercrombie
  • 1513 - 1514 Earl of Crauford
  • 1514 - 1516 James Rollok
  • 1516 - 1520 James Scrymgeour, (Constable of Dundee)
  • 1520 - 1523 Alexander Ogilvie
  • 1523 - 1525 William Carmichael of Carpow
  • 1526 - 1528 John Scrymgeour of Glaister
  • 1528 - 1530 James Scrymgeour, (Constable of Dundee)
  • 1531 - 1532 John Barrie
  • 1543 - 1544 Walter Scrymgeour of Glaswell
  • 1544 - 1545 Robert Myln
  • 1550 James Dog of Dunrobbene
  • 1551 - 1565 James Halyburton
  • 1565 - 1566 Earl of Crauford
  • 1566 - 1586 James Halyburton
  • 1586 - 1590 James Scrymgeour of Dudhope
  • 1590 - 1592 James Forrester
  • 1592 - 1593 James Auchinlek
  • 1593 - 1609 Sir James Scrymgeour
  • 1609 - 1614 William Duncan
  • 1614 - 1626 William Auchinlek
  • 1626 - 1631 Thomas Halyburton
  • 1631 - 1633 Thomas Auchinlek
  • 1633 - 1637 Thomas Davidson
  • 1637 - 1643 James Fletcher
  • 1643 - 1646 James Piersoun
  • 1646 - 1650 William Kinneris (Kinnear)
  • 1650 - 1658 Thomas Mudy
  • 1658 - 1659 Sir Thomas Mudy
  • 1659 - 1666 Alexander Wedderburn
  • 1666 - 1667 George Fletcher
  • 1667 - 1669 George Brown
  • 1669 - 1670 John Tarbet
  • 1670 - 1672 Alexander Watson
  • 1672 - 1677 George Brown
  • 1677 - 1681 Alexander Wedderburn of Easter Powrie
  • 1681 - 1685 Alexander Duncan
  • 1685 - 1686 James Fletcher
  • 1686 Election of Provosts Prohibited by King James VII (see Claim of Right)
  • 1686 - 1687 Major General John Graham of Claverhouse
  • 1687 - 1688 James Fletcher
  • 1688 - 1689 Major General John Graham of Claverhouse
  • 1689 - 1698 James Fletcher
  • 1698 - 1700 Alexander Blair
  • 1700 - 1702 John Scrymgeour
  • 1702 - 1704 John Duncan
  • 1704 - 1706 Alexander Blair
  • 1706 - 1708 George Yeaman
  • 1708 - 1710 Alexander Blair
  • 1710 - 1712 George Yeaman
  • 1712 - 1714 Magister Henry Guthrie
  • 1714 - 1716 Alexander Ballingall
  • 1716 - 1717 John Scrymgeour (Installed by order of the Duke of Argyll, see The 'Fifteen)
  • 1717 - 1719 Magister Alexander Duncan of Lundie
  • 1719 - 1721 John Scrymgeour
  • 1721 - 1723 Thomas Bower
  • 1723 - 1725 David Maxwell
  • 1725 - 1727 George Ramsay
  • 1727 - 1728 Alexander Ferrier
  • 1728 - 1731 James Fairweather
  • 1731 - 1732 Alexander Robertson
  • 1732 - 1735 James Fairweather
  • 1735 - 1736 Patrick Maxwell
  • 1736 - 1738 Andrew Wardropper
  • 1738 - 1741 John Donaldson
  • 1741 - 1742 Alexander Robertson
  • 1742 - 1744 Patrick Yeaman of Blacklaw
  • 1744 - 1747 Alexander Duncan of Lundie
  • 1747 - 1748 Patrick Yeaman of Blacklaw
  • 1748 - 1750 George Yeaman of Balbeuchly
  • 1750 - 1753 Patrick Yeaman of Blacklaw
  • 1753 - 1754 Andrew Wardropper
  • 1754 - 1757 Patrick Yeaman
  • 1757 - 1758 Andrew Wardropper
  • 1758 - 1761 George Yeaman
  • 1761 - 1762 Patrick Yeaman
  • 1762 - 1764 John Halyburton
  • 1764 - 1766 John Barclay
  • 1766 - 1768 Patrick Maxwell
  • 1768 - 1770 George Maxwell
  • 1770 - 1772 Patrick Maxwell
  • 1772 - 1774 Henry Geekie
  • 1774 - 1776 Patrick Maxwell
  • 1776 - 1778 George Maxwell of Balmyle
  • 1778 - 1780 Henry Geekie
  • 1780 - 1782 Patrick Maxwell
  • 1782 - 1784 John Pitcairn
  • 1784 - 1786 Patrick Maxwell
  • 1786 - 1788 John Pitcairn
  • 1788 - 1790 Alexander Riddoch
  • 1790 - 1792 James Johnston
  • 1792 - 1794 Alexander Riddoch
  • 1794 - 1796 Alexander Thoms
  • 1796 - 1798 Alexander Riddoch
  • 1798 - 1800 Alexander Thoms
  • 1800 - 1802 Alexander Riddoch
  • 1802 - 1804 John Guild
  • 1804 - 1807 Alexander Riddoch
  • 1807 - 1808 John Guild
  • 1808 - 1810 Alexander Riddoch
  • 1810 - 1812 John Guild
  • 1812 - 1814 Alexander Riddoch
  • 1814 - 1816 John Guild
  • 1816 - 1818 Alexander Riddoch
  • 1818 - 1820 Patrick Anderson
  • 1820 - 1822 David Brown
  • 1822 - 1824 Patrick Anderson
  • 1824 - 1826 David Brown
  • 1826 - 1828 Alexander Balfour
  • 1828 - 1830 Thomas Bell
  • 1831 Robert Jobson
  • 1831 - 1833 William Lindsay
  • 1833 - 1839 Alexander Kay
  • 1839 - 1841 William Hackney
  • 1841 - William Johnstone
  • 1841 - 1844 Alexander Lawson
  • 1844 - 1847 James Brown
  • 1847 - 1853 Patrick Hunter Thoms
  • 1853 - 1856 George Rough
  • 1856 - 1858 John Ewan
  • 1858 David Rollo
  • 1858 - 1861 David Jobson
  • 1861 - 1867 Charles Parker
  • 1867 - 1869 William Hay
  • 1869 - 1872 James Yeaman
  • 1872 - 1875 James Cox
  • 1875 - 1878 William Robertson
  • 1878 - 1881 William Brownlee
  • 1881 - 1884 Alexander Hay Moncur
  • 1884 - 1887 Hugh Ballingall
  • 1887 - 1890 William Hunter

As Lord Provost

  • 1890 - 1893 Alexander Mathewson
  • 1893 - 1896 Sir James Low
  • 1896 - 1899 Henry McGrady
  • 1899 - 1902 William Hunter
  • 1902 - 1905 Charles Barrie
  • 1905 - 1908 William Longair
  • 1908 - 1914 Sir James Urquhart
  • 1914 - 1920 Sir William Don
  • 1920 - 1923 Sir Alexander Spence
  • 1923 - 1929 Sir William High
  • 1929 - 1932 George Anderson Johnston
  • 1932 - 1935 William Huntley Buist
  • 1935 - 1940 Sir John Phin
  • 1940 - 1946 Sir Garnet Wilson
  • 1946 - 1949 Archibald Powrie
  • 1949 John Campsie Adamson
  • 1949 - 1952 Richard Fenton
  • 1952 - 1954 William Black
  • 1954 - 1960 William Hughes
  • 1960 - 1967 Maurice McManus
  • 1967 - 1970 Alexander MacKenzie
  • 1970 - 1973 William K. Fitzgerald
  • 1973 - 1975 Thomas W. Moore
  • 1975 - 1977 Charles D. P. Farquhar
  • 1977 - 1980 Henry W. C. Vaughan
  • 1980 - 1984 James P. Gowans
  • 1984 - 1992 Thomas Mitchell
  • 1992 - 1995 Thomas M. McDonald
  • 1995 - 1996 Norman A. McGowan
  • 1996 - 1999 Mervyn J. Rolfe
  • 1999 - 2001 Helen Wright (first female Lord Provost)
  • 2001 - 2012 John Letford
  • 2012 – 2017 Robert Duncan
  • 2017 – present Ian Borthwick