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Alexander Anderson Esquire

Alexander Anderson (1817 - 1897) - was a very wealthy and philanthropic merchant and landowner. Generous throughout his life and at his time of death, Alexander left money to many causes as well as to servants and employees.

Subscription value in 1865:

£200

Relative to inflation up to 2018:

£20000

Relative to income compared to 2018:

£160000

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Personal details and history

Full name

Alexander Anderson

Date of birth

24-1-1817[1]

Place of birth

Panbride[1]

Gender

Male

Marital status

Single

Name of spouse

None

Children

None

Home address

Westhaven
Panbride (1846)[2]

Maulesbank (or Maule’s Bank)
Carnoustie (1863)[3]

Latterly

The Grange
Monifieth (from 1882)[4]

Age at death:

80 years[5]

Place of death:

The Grange, Monifieth[4][5]

Date of death:

09-12-1897[5]

Buried:

St Rules Cemetery, Monifieth[6]

Affiliations, clubs, offices and related subscribers

Religious affiliation

Free Church of Scotland[7]

Political affiliation

Formerly Liberal; Latteraly Unionist[8]

Clubs / societies

Unknown

Public offices

Director: Chamber of Commerce[9] Director: Dundee Industrial Schools Society[10] Ordinary Director: Dundee Orphan Institution, 14 Small’s Wynd[11] Director: Baldovan Asylum, Near Dundee, - “Established for the treatment of idiot and imbecile children”[12] Committee member: Model Lodging-House Association[13] Captain: 1st Forfarshire (Dundee) Rifle Volunteers[14]

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Career and worklife

Occupation

Export linen merchant and land-owner[15][3]

Employment

Owner

Place of work

Work address

23 St Andrew’s Street
Dundee (until 1859/60)[2]

3 Royal Exchange Place
Dundee (from 1861)[16]

11 King Street
Dundee (1876-1894)[17]

Career to date:

Apprentice, Edward Baxter, merchant and manufacturer. Cloth Exporter to America, Spain and India and the Colonies. Retired c.1885.[8]

More information

Alexander Anderson was a very wealthy and philanthropic merchant and land-owner. He inherited the estate of Longhaugh from his father and bought the estates of South and North Grange, in the parish of Mains, from Mr Thomas Kerr.[8]

According to his obituary in the Dundee Advertiser he “was a highly respected and very popular figure” amongst commercial men in the 1850s and 60s and, by 1897, was “one of the oldest surviving of Dundee’s merchants.” [8]

He had a strong liking for all things military and was in the volunteer movement. To gain first hand experience of warfare he went to the battlefields of the Crimea and experienced “life in the trenches before Sebastopol” in 1854.  He was reputed to be “the only civilian in Dundee … under fire” during that war.[8]

He was renowned for his quiet and unostentatious benevolence and apparently by the time of his death, “there was not a charitable institution in the city which did not steadily benefit from his liberality.” [8]

He founded two scholarships for High School pupils studying at St Andrews University and was described as “a warm friend” of that school.[8]

His will shows his estate to be worth £97,474 7s 10d on his death (nominal value at 2018: Relative to income £77,979,200). The will[18] (which runs to 15 pages) lists his considerable investments in property and railways, both in the UK and the colonies (Australia, New Zealand and Canada), as well as the USA.

While he left much of his fortune to his family (with very precise instructions), he also made generous bequests to his servants and employees. He also left bequests of £1000 (nominal value at 2018: Relative to income £800,000) to Dundee Royal Infirmary, £1000 (nominal value at 2018: Relative to income £800,000) to the Royal Orphan Institution, Dundee and £500 (nominal value at 2018: Relative to income £400,000) to the Mars Training Ship.

A trust was also set up in his name and operated from 1889-1920. The papers are stored in the Ker Anderson Papers in the University of Dundee Archive Services.

His death certificate records the cause of his death as “senile decay.”[5]

The Dundee Courier and Argus printed the eulogy on Alexander Anderson’s life, by Rev. Crawford Smith of South Free Church, Monifieth. He spoke of Mr Anderson during the Sunday service after his death.[7]

Sources

  1. Old Parish Registers. Births. Panbride, Angus. 24 January 1817, -Scotland’s People 316/ 10 257
  2. Post Office Dundee Directory, 1846-1847, p80. National Library of Scotland website.
  3. 1861 Census Scotland. Parish of Barry, District Carnoustie, -Scotland’s People 1861 Census 274/1/15  p15
  4. The Grange (Grange House), Monifieth. Monifieth Local History Society webpage.
  5. Statutory Registers. Parish of Monifieth, County of Forfar. Death, 9 December 1897, -Scotland’s People 310/180 p 60
  6. Burial. St Rules Cemetery, Monifieth, Angus. 10 December 1897. Memorial ID 126933752. Find a grave website.
  7. Anon, (1897) ‘The late Mr Alexander Anderson’, Grange of Monifieth. Dundee Courier & Argus. Issue 13872, Monday 13 December, 1897, p 5 (British Library Newspapers, Part II: 1800-1900) from National Library of Scotland website.
  8. Dundee Advertiser. 11 December 1897. The Late Mr Anderson, Grange of Monifieth. (British Library Newspapers, Part II: 1800-1900) from National Library of Scotland website.
  9. Post Office Dundee Directory, 1864-1865, p15. National Library of Scotland website.
  10. Post Office Dundee Directory, 1864-1865, p30. National Library of Scotland website.
  11. Post Office Dundee Directory, 1864-1865, p31. National Library of Scotland website.
  12. Post Office Dundee Directory, 1864-1865, p32. National Library of Scotland website
  13. Post Office Dundee Directory, 1864-1865, p32. National Library of Scotland website
  14. Post Office Dundee Directory, 1864-1865, p48. National Library of Scotland website
  15. 1871 Census Scotland. Parish of Barry, District Carnoustie, -Scotland’s People 1871 Census 271/1/3  p3
  16. Post Office Dundee Directory, 1861-1862, p109. National Library of Scotland website.
  17. Post Office Dundee Directory, 1876-1877, p91. National Library of Scotland website
  18. Will. Dundee Sheriff Court. Scotland’s People Wills and testaments. 1898.  SC45/31/50

Credits

Thanks to Monifieth Local History Society for the photo of Grange House.

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