THE Assessor of the City of Glasgow was born in 1866. After five years' training in general law business in Glasgow offices, he in 1884 entered the office of the late Sir James Marwick, Town Clerk. He was educated at Wilson's School and Glasgow University, where he was a prizeman in law. He passed his final law examination in 1890, and was duly enrolled as a law agent. During his twenty-four years in the service of the Corporation, he passed through the various departments of the Town Clerk's office. For many years he attended the Court for the Registration of Voters, and superintended the final adjustment and issue of the register. He has a special knowledge of municipal law. He had charge of the administration of the Licensing Acts and the municipal elections, and he had considerable experience in adjusting, with the Assessor of Railways and Canals, the valuation of several of the Corporation undertakings. He latterly held the appointment of Depute Town-Clerk, and had charge of the Parliamentary work of the Corporation. After the retiral of Mr. Henry, he was unanimously appointed City Assessor by the Corporation, at a salary of £750, rising to £900 a year. He married Jessie, daughter of John Winchester, J.P., Loanhead, Portessie, Banffshire. He is an enthusiastic Freemason, and takes an interest in religious and social work.

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