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CodeNA7286
Dates1800-1875
Person NameBlack; David Dakers (1800-1875); Town Clerk of Brechin
SurnameBlack
ForenamesDavid Dakers
EpithetTown Clerk of Brechin
ActivityDavid Dakers Black was born in 1800 in Brechin, one of 6 children. His father William Black had been Procurator-Fiscal of Brechin and David followed in his father's footsteps. He trained as a lawyer in Edinburgh where he remained for some time before returning to Brechin to practise as a solicitor and as a Procurator. In November 1825 he was appointed as Town Clerk of Brechin, a post he retained until 1864 when advancing years forced him to resign. In 1864 Black and Mr Speid had established a branch of the British Linen Bank. He was involved in many charitable ventures such as the Brechin Infant School and the Brechin Ladies' Permanent Coal Fund.He devoted much time to antiquarian pursuits and was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. He wrote the definitive history of the burgh, entitled 'The History of Brechin', which was first published in 1838. A second revised edition followed in 1867. After his retirement from public life he purchased the estate of Hergord in Shetland which he visited once or twice a year. He died in 1875 after a short illness.
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