A CANADIAN, born in Quebec some fifty years ago, Bailie
Guest came to Glasgow with his parents at the age of fifteen, and began life by
serving an apprenticeship to house-painting in the Anderston Ward of the city.
Fifteen years later, along with his brother, he began the business there which
is still carried on under the firm name of E. & H. Guest. In municipal matters,
he is now a representative of Anderston Ward in the Town Council for the third
term, and is a magistrate of the city. Among other details of the city
management in which he has taken especial interest, he was Convener of the
Churches Committee when it had the task of erecting new St. Paul s Church, and
he is now Convener of the Markets Committee which under his lead has effected
great improvements in the Fruit Bazaar and Cheese Market, and is at present
engaged in a very large scheme for the improvement and extension of the Meat
Markets. In these matters his thorough knowledge of building construction has
been of not a little service to the city.
He takes a keen interest in Masonic matters, and in the affairs of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, of which he is a member. He has been president, also, of Sandyford Burns Club. By way of recreation he is an enthusiastic bowler, and is president of the Glasgow Burns Bowling Association, Glasgow Corporation Bowling Club, and St. Vincent Bowling Club. He has travelled a good deal in Germany, France, and this country. He married a Scottish lady in 1883, and has a family of eight, of whom five survive.
Index of Glasgow Men (1909)