Alexander Easson Esquire
Through hard work and thrift, Alexander Easson rose from the poverty of handloom weaving to the ownership of four linen manufacturing mills. He was heavily involved in public life and on retirement invested in property development in the city centre.
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Personal details and history
Date of birth
Place of birth
Name of spouse
Helen Carswell Dick
15 Wellington Street Dundee
Western Cemetery Perth Road Dundee (section 1X lair no. 41 )
Affiliations, clubs, offices and related subscribers
Old Scotch Independent Church
Clubs / societies
President of Dundee Liberal Association
1832 : Police Commission. At which time the Police Commission consisted of some ex officiis and twenty two representative members. It had no connection with the Town Council until the adoption of The Police Act.(13 & 14 c.33) 17th March 1851: 1837-1849 Councillor, Hospital Master,Harbour Trustee:
Subscriber 38 – William Lindsay Boase who was in partnership with Alex Easson in the spinning & twine manufacturing factory at Johnshaven.
Career and worklife
Place of work
Cotton Road Dundee
Career to date:
Alexander Easson built up a very successful business in manufacturing linen. He was also very active in public affairs and a staunch supporter and lay preacher in the Old Scotch Independent Church.
Alexander Easson was involved in public affairs for over 17 years until his resignation from the Town Council in 1849. His strongly held views and somewhat preachy style did not always endear him either to his fellow councillors or to the voters. As a consequence, he never attained high office although, in 1856, he stood as candidate for Lord Provost. He subsequently withdrew his candidature – probably as a result of adverse press comment. He retired from business in 1869 when steam power superseded hand labour. He then invested a large part of his money in property, erecting the elegant range of offices next to the Royal Exchange Buildings, subsequently purchased by the Chamber of Commerce. His extensive block in Euclid Street and Euclid Crescent were acquired by Miss Harris for the erection of the Girls High School.
- Obituary Notices, Book 2. Dundee City Library, Local Studies
- Old Parish Registers. Dundee. Marriages. 1833. 282/ 220 115, ScotlandsPeople website
- Statutory Registers. Dundee. Deaths. 1861, 282/ 1 441. ScotlandsPeople website
- Statutory Registers. Dundee. Deaths. 282/ 4 681. ScotlandsPeople website
- Dundee Courier. 31 August 1888. p.5. Findmypast website
- Dundee Postal Directory, 1837-38. Dundee Central Library, Local Studies
- Dundee Postal Directory, 1846-47. Dundee Central Library, Local studies
- Dundee Postal Directory, 1850. Dundee Central Library, Local Studies
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