THE Honorary Colonel of the late 7th Battalion H. L. I.,
is a son of the late Matthew Clark, and was born at Glasgow in 1843. He was
educated at Glasgow High School and University, and engaged for many years in
the business of a sewing-cotton manufacturer at Mile-end, from which he has now
for some time retired. He has, however, been Chairman of the Scottish Boiler
Insurance Company since its formation, and is a Director of Alexander, Ferguson,
& Co., Ltd. He has taken an active part in the municipal work of Glasgow,
representing the Third Ward of the city on the Town Council from 1873 to 1870,
and being twice a Magistrate. He has also been a Director of the Chamber of
Commerce and Merchants' House, and Chairman of the Juvenile Delinquency Board,
and he was Chairman of the Glasgow Liberal Association from 1880 till 1885.
Since then he has been President of the Camlachie and Glasgow Central Liberal
Unionist Associations, Vice-President of the Hillhead Liberal Unionist
Association, and a member of the Business Committees of the West of Scotland
Liberal Unionist Association and the Imperial Union Club. He is a Justice of the
Peace and one of the Income-Tax Commissioners for the City of Glasgow. He was
made a Deputy-Lieutenant for the County of the City in 1908.
His connection with volunteering began in 1856, when he joined the University Rifle Corps, and in 1867 he succeeded Lord Kelvin as its captain. Four years later he became associated with his present regiment, and he became its Lieutenant-Colonel in 1877. In 1888, on the occasion of Queen Victoria's visit to Glasgow International Exhibition, he was one of the two Grand Marshals, the late General Sir Donald Matheson, K.C.B., being the other.
Colonel Clark is still known in business circles as William Clark, Mile-end, and the name is perpetuated at Glasgow University by the Clark Mile-end bursaries to which his uncle, the late John Clark, devoted a sum of between thirty and forty thousand pounds. He still takes an active part in many of the leading institutions of his native city, and finds his recreation in golf, bowling, curling, and angling, and he has travelled widely in Europe and America, and in Africa, North and South. In 1870 he married a daughter of William Mories, shipowner, and has a family of five sons and six daughters.
Index of Glasgow Men (1909)