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John Smith (1826–1910), Provost of Peterhead (1888–1899)

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Aberdeenshire Museums Service

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John Smith’s family owned a woollen mill at Old Deer. He purchased the Kirkburn Mill in Peterhead in 1850. He served on Peterhead Town Council on three occasions: 1859–1869, 1881–1884 and 1888–1899, serving as provost during the last period.

His period as provost saw numerous developments in the town including: Public Library/Museum building; Recreation Park; improvements to Port Henry Harbour; the Model Lodging House; the erection of the Fish Market at South Harbour; the start of the Harbour of Refuge; the Corporation Baths; and the Smith Embankment, named after him.

Mintlaw Discovery Centre


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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    139.7 x 91.4 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    commissioned by Peterhead Town Council


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Mintlaw Discovery Centre

Station Road Mintlaw, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire AB42 5EE Scotland

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