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Mr David Mitchell

Local solicitor, who had worked in the town clerk's office and as clerk to the police commissioners. Formed a partnership with David Cobb and subsequently worked independently.

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Personal details and history

Full name

David Mitchell

Date of birth


Place of birth

Brechin, Angus[3][4][5]



Marital status


Name of spouse

1/ Isabel Gray(1787-1856)[1][2] 2/Elizabeth Barron[2]


Isabel, James Scott[6]

Home address

Chapelshade, Dundee[7]
Blackheath House, Dundee.[8][9]

Age at death:


Place of death:

Parkhill, Newburgh, Fife[3]

Date of death:



Not known

Affiliations, clubs, offices and related subscribers

Religious affiliation

Not known

Political affiliation

Not known

Clubs / societies

None known

Public offices

Clerk to Police Commissioners.[10] Assessor to Police Court.[11] Commissary Court Fiscal.[11] Member of Masters Extraordinary in Chancery.[12] Vice President, Society of Incorporated Writers[13] One of Commissioners for taking affidavits to be used in Supreme Court in England[12]

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Career and worklife





Place of work


Work address

New Inn Entry, High St., Dundee, 1824-1837.[14]
41 Reform Street 1840- death.[15]

Career to date:

David Mitchell was the son of James Mitchell, merchant and Jean Low. Mitchell trained as a lawyer in Edinburgh and came to Dundee prior to 1818 as assistant to William Small, Town Clerk. Entered into partnership with David Cobb, another writer, Cobb & Mitchell. This partnership was dissolved "by mutual consent" in 1845. Mitchell also "carried on extensive private business in Perth." On his death in 1875 his estate was valued at £28,107 2s 10d.[16]

More information

Mitchell also owned a dwelling house at 22 Windsor St. [17] He died while staying at his son-in-law’s house, Parkhill, but his usual residence was Dundee.[2]


  1. Scotland, Select Marriages, 1561-1910.
  2. Statutory Records. Abdie, Fife. Death. 30 October 1875. 400/13. Scotlands People website.
  3. Obituary, Montrose, Arbroath and Brechin Review, 5 November 1875, p5(1). British Newspaper Archive website.
  4. Obituary, Dundee Courier, 1 November 1875, p.2(3).British Newspaper Archive website.
  5. Dundee Courier, 9 November p.1(2). British Newspaper Archive website.
  6. 1861 Scotland Census. Dundee. ED89 p.36 line 6 CSSCT1851_63. Ancestry website.
  7. Dundee Directory 1829, p.39.  Local Studies section, Central Library, Dundee
  8. Scotland's Places/Records/Ordnance Survey Name Books/Forfarshire (Angus) OS Name Books 1857-61/Forfar (Angus) volume 33/OS1/14/33/19. Scotlands Places website
  9. Dundee Directories 1834 to 1875.  Local Studies section, Central Library, Dundee
  10. Dundee Directory, 1850, p.4. Local Studies section, Central Library, Dundee
  11. Dundee Directory, 1853, pp.55 & 59. Local Studies section, Central Library, Dundee
  12. Dundee Directory 1850, p.9. Local Studies section, Central Library, Dundee
  13. Dundee Directory 1834, p.106. Local Studies section, Central Library, Dundee.
  14. Dundee Directory 1824, p.131 to Dundee Directory, 1837, p57.  Local Studies section, Central Library, Dundee
  15. Dundee Directories 1840 to 1875.  Local Studies section, Central Library, Dundee
  16. Scotland, National Probate Index (Calendar of Confirmations and Inventories), 1876-1936. Ancestry website.
  17. List of Parliamentary voters 1874-75, District 2.  Local Studies section, Central Library, Dundee

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