EX-BAILIE MARTIN is a son of the famous East-end Bailie of the same name, father and son between them having represented Whitevale Ward for some thirty years. Mr. Martin entered the Town Council in 1883, and is now the senior member of that body. Yet he has been opposed at every election in his experience except two. Three years after his first election he was appointed Master of Works, and in succession he filled the offices of River Bailie, Burgh Magistrate, and Police Judge. During the time that Glasgow had a Stipendiary Magistrate he frequently look the Central and St. Rollox Courts for Stipendiary Gemmel when that official was unable to preside. For long he was Convener of the Markets Committee of the Corporation, but gave up the post on being appointed Convener of the more important Statute Labour Committee, which has charge of the roads and bridges, buildings and sewers. He is also a member of the Clyde Trust and a J.P. and Deputy-Lieutenant for the County of Glasgow. Mr. Martin is a clothier and draper in the ward he represents, and takes a deep interest in all that concerns the East-end. On the completion of twenty-one years' service as a member of the Town Council, in October, 1904, he was presented by his colleagues with a handsome inscribed salver and tea and coffee service and a pair of candelabra of silver, and the Lord Provost, in making the presentation, took occasion to say that while "they had not often found Mr. Martin voicing his opinions in the Council Hall, he persistently gave devoted service in committee work. There was hardly an important aspect of city government in which his sagacity, his knowledge, and his practical common sense had not been of great value to the Corporation."
Index of Glasgow Men (1909)