Person NameStewart; Sir; David (1835-1919); Knight, businessman, Aberdeen
EpithetKnight, businessman, Aberdeen
ActivityDavid Stewart was born in 1835 and educated at King’s College, Aberdeen. He was the son of John Stewart of Banchory Devenick and Leggart, succeeding him as director of S R Stewart and Company, later the Aberdeen Combworks, the largest combmaking business in the world. He was elected President of the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce in 1883, and Dean of Guild in 1885. In 1889 he was elected to Aberdeen Town Council, and served as Lord Provost from 1889 to 1895. Among many projects, he opened Stewart Park in Woodside, which was named in his honour. David Stewart served as an ex officio member of the University Court during his office as Lord Provost, and the University conferred the degree of LLD on him in 1895. He also served as Lord Rector’s Assessor from 1896 to 1900, and was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1896. Sir David stood for Parliament as a Unionist candidate, but was never elected. In 1904 he became Chairman of the Great North of Scotland Railway, the company of which his father had been a Director in 1852. He remained in that post until his death in 1919.
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