Provost Charles Parker
As a director of the Albert Institute Provost Parker was key to the establishment of the original building as well as being a successful businessman in Dundee. Sadly he did not live to see the British Association meeting later in 1867.
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Personal details and history
Date of birth
Place of birth
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Place of death:
Eden Grove, Dundee
Date of death:
Eastern Necropolis, Dundee
Affiliations, clubs, offices and related subscribers
Clubs / societies
Elected to Council Board in 1857, appointed Treasurer in 1859, elected Provost in 1861 and re-elected in 1864. Died in office in 1867. He had taken an active role in the solving of many controversial legal disputes which enabled the settlement of the town's obligations and opened the way for the building of the Albert Institute and later the Free Library.
Career and worklife
Engineer and Machine Maker
Owner, employing 180 persons in 1861
Place of work
Charles Parker & Sons, engineers & machine makers
Career to date:
Before moving with his family to Dundee, Charles had already displayed an interest in local public affairs and had also introduced innovations in the design of power looms. On arrival in Dundee he established an iron foundry at Chapelshade and later a second foundry at Clepington. He was joined in his business by two of his sons and was greatly respected in his business, public and personal life.
- 1796 Families/Parker/notes. www.prattens.co.uk.
- 1841 Census England,Wales and Scotland. HO 107/303/27. Find My Past website.
- Statutory Records. Bridge of Allan. Death. 1866. 374/47. Scotland's People website.
- 1867 Wills and Testaments. Dundee Sheriff Court. 1867. SC 45/31/20. Scotland's People website.
- 1851 Census Scotland. Dundee. 282/71/8. Scotland's People website.
- 1861 Census Scotland. Dundee. 282/2 13/24. Scotland's People website.
- Norrie, W. (1873) Dundee Celebrities of the Nineteenth Century. Dundee: William Norrie. p.289. D2596E. Local Studies, Dundee Central Library.
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