Robert M MacNaughton Esquire
A Perthshire-born, Dundee hotelier, with a distinguished record as a member of the town council., He was twice elected as Dean of Guild. He left Dundee in the 1870s to pursue a career in the licensed trade in London.
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Robert M MacNaughton
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Married in 1857
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Director, Dundee High School, c.1871-1872. Ordinary Director, Royal Lunatic Asylum, c.1871-1872. Assessor, Guildry Incorporation, c.1874-1877.
Dean of Guild, Dundee Town Council, c.1871-1872. Forfarshire Prison Board, c.1871-1872. Forfarshire Lunacy Board, c.1871-1872. Harbour Trustee, c.1871-1875.
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Robert MacNaughton came to Dundee and was proprietor of the Royal Hotel, 54 Nethergate and Union Street from about 1858. In the early 1860s he was persuaded to stand for the Town Council and "by his intelligence, activity, and zeal he gained rapid advancement in civic honours." He was soon raised to the magistracy and, as convener of the sanitary committee, he was active in stamping out an outbreak of cholera which occurred in Lochee.
Robert MacNaughton was born in Fortingall, Perthshire in 1833, the son of John MacNaughton and Margaret Dewar. He married Margaret Campbell in Edinburgh in 1857, shortly before coming to Dundee. He was twice elected Dean of Guild on Dundee Town Council. In about 1875 he sold the Royal Hotel to James Russell and moved to live in London, running the Prince of Wales in Camberwell. He died there in 1899, but would still have been well known to an older generation of Dundonians from running the Royal Hotel and being a prominent and active member of the magistracy.
- Old Parish Records. Fortingall, Perthshire. Baptism. 6 November 1833. 355/A 30 52. ScotlandsPeople website.
- 1871 Census Scotland. St. Mary, Dundee. 282/2 ED1 p.1. Ancestry website.
- Statutory Registers. Calton & Bonnington. Marriage. 1857. 685/6 25. ScotlandsPeople website.
- 1881 Census England & Wales. Camberwell. RG11/697. Ancestry website.
- 1861 Census Scotland. Dundee Second District. 282/2 ED4 p.1. Ancestry website.
- Dundee Directories, 1858-1868. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.
- Dundee Directories, 1869-1877. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.
- Obituary Book No.2. 4 April 1899. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.
- Dundee Directories, 1871-1877. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.
- Dundee Directories, 1871-1875. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.
- List of Subscribers, Albert Institute Ltd, 20 February 1865.
- Dundee Directories, 1858-1875. Local Studies, Central Library, Dundee.
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