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Alexander Leighton Lees Esquire

A young man just starting out in a law partnership cut short by his and his partner's untimely deaths. Neither of them lived to see the Albert Institute built.

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Personal details and history

Full name

Alexander Leighton Lees

Date of birth


Place of birth




Marital status


Name of spouse

Georgina Scott 1864[2]


None known

Home address

7 Lindsay Street, Dundee, c.1851.[1]
36 Constitution Road, Dundee, c.1856-1857.[3]
19 South Union Street, Dundee, c.1858-1859.[4]
20 South Union Street, Dundee[5]

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Affiliations, clubs, offices and related subscribers

Religious affiliation


Political affiliation


Clubs / societies

Committee, Public Library, 20 St. Clement's Lane, Dundee, c.1858-1862.[7] Reith & Lees, agents, English & Scottish Law Insurance Co., c.1861-1865.[5]

Public offices

None known

Related subscribers

Subscriber no.192 – David Reith – partner in Reith & Lees, writers, Dundee.

Career and worklife




Partner in Reith & Lees[5]

Place of work

Solicitor's office

Work address

1 Bank Street, Dundee.[9]

Career to date:

Alexander Leighton Lees was the confidential clerk to William Kerr, solicitor, Dundee and, after Kerr's death, he and his new partner, David Reith, succeeded to his business.[10]

More information

Alexander Leighton Lees was the son of James Lees and Mary Leighton. His father was born in Cupar but Alexander and his siblings were born in Dundee, his mother’s birthplace.[1] James Lees was also a writer and his son would follow him into the profession. Both Alexander and his business partner, David Reith, died in 1866.[10]


  1. 1851 Census Scotland. Dundee. 282 ED31 p.43. Ancestry website.
  2. Statutory Registers. Dundee First District. Marriage. 1864. 282/1 297. ScotlandsPeople website.
  3. Dundee Directory, 1856-57. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.
  4. Dundee Directory, 1858-59. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.
  5. Dundee Directories, 1861-1865. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.
  6. Statutory Registers. Dundee Second District. Death. 1866. 282/2 590. ScotlandsPeople website.
  7. Dundee Directories, 1858-1862. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.
  8. Dundee Directories, 1858-1865. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.
  9. Dundee Directories, 1856-1865. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.
  10. Dundee Courier, 23 February 1866. British Newspaper Archive website.

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