Anecdotage of Glasgow
Murder of Robert Fare, Town-Clerke
THE Glasgow Burgh Records, under date 1694, state
that "Mr. Robert Park, town-clerk, was stickit in the town-clerk’s
chamber in the month of October, by Major James Menzies, with a sword,
in a fit of passion; and the same night the Major was shot in Renfield
garden by one of three pursuers—viz., John Anderson, late provost; John
Gillespie, taylor; and Robert Stevenson, wright. He is said to have been
killed by John Gillespie, as he would not be taken."
In a list of the provosts of Glasgow, the name of
John Anderson occurs, 1689-01, 1695-7, 1699-1701, 1703-5. Clelland
states that Provost Anderson kept the town’s books in the year 1604, for
£15 per annum. What would Sir James Marwick and other corporation
officials think of, or say to that?