William Watson Mackay,
Esq., presently Provost of Dunoon, gave in 1890, the sum of ,£1,000 to
certain trustees to be held by them in trust, the free income thereof to
be devoted in future to specified philanthropical purposes set forth in
the Deed itself. The first meeting of trustees under it was held on 23rd
July, 1890. The Deed runs as follows:—
“I, William Watson
Mackay, residing at Isabella Villa, Dunoon, having been accustomed
during ihe greater part of my life to grauitously extract diseased or
malformed teeth of any applicant, irrespective of sect, class, or
condition, and having also taken a deep interest in the mental and
spiritual improvement of my fellow-man (regarding which there is a great
diversity of opinion, though to my thinking the following discourses are
well adapted for that purpose, viz.:—“Likeness to God,” by Rev. W. E.
Channing. “Loneliness of Christ,” and “Obedience, the Organ of Spiritual
Knowledge,” by Rev F. W. Robertson. Principal Caird’s Lecture at the
opening of the Glasgow University, “Plea for a Scientific Theology.”
Principal Cunningham’s Inaugural Address, at St Mary's College, St.
Andrews, “Theology as a Science.” “The followers of the Great
Physician,” by Rev. AUen Menzies, B.D., Abemyte. And, “Respectable Sin,”
by Rev. W. Bushnell. And in the last mentioned discourse, the words:—“As
many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God,” as
many, no more, seem to me the embodiment of the highest spiritual
truths. And Professor Drummond’s admirably adapted exposition to the
Boys' Brigade, of the text, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His
righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” And, while
aware that the height of mental and spiritual elevation reached in these
discourses cannot easily be attained, yet I think it right to have a
Standard, as it helps to keep the spirit from sinking, and aids to
direct us in the ways of the living God.)
And being desirous
perpetually to advance these respective objects, and to settle in manner
underwritten, the sum of One Thousand Pounds for the said respective
purposes, in the manner aftermentioned, Do hereby give, grant, and
assign the said sum of one thousand pounds to— James Calder, Senior
Police Magistrate; Alexander Cumming Rutherford; and Robert Graham;
Junior Police Magistrates; and Patrick Ogilvy, Robert Cowan, Charles
Stuart, John Aitken, William Sharp, John Cameron, John Cochrane, Edward
Howell, and James Stewart, Commissioners of Police for the Burgh of
Kirkintilloch, and their successors in office; as trustees for the ends,
uses, and purposes after expressed. But the said sum of one thousand
pounds is given and accepted in trust only, for the several ends, uses,
and purposes after expressed, that is to say :—
In the first place, the
trustees shall, in each year pay over the income of said fund of one
thousand pounds to the following Committee, who shall be called
“Kirkintilloch Lecture Committee,” by whom the same shall be
administered, viz.:—The Rev. William Patrick, B.D., minister of Free St.
David’s Church, Kirkintilloch; Duncan Mackinnon, residing in Muirhead
Street, Kirkintilloch ; Andrew Lawrie, Merkland, Kirkintilloch;
Alexander Taylor, Wood bank, Kirkintilloch; John Cameron, iron founder,
Kirkintilloch : two persons who shall be elccted by the said
Commissioners of Police from their own number; and not less than two,
nor more than six other persons resident in the burgh or parish of
Kirkintilloch, to be elected by the before-mentioned members of
The committee shall
always consist, of not less than nine, nor more than thirteen members;
whom I would like to be men whose minds mainly concurred with the above
views; and any vacancy caused by death, or resignation, or otherwise ;
shall be filled up by the remaining members of committee, except as
regards the members elected by the said Commissioners of Police, who
shall cease to be members, on their ceasing to be Commissioners of
Police. Members of committee who shall cease to be resident in the
burgh, or parish of Kirkintilloch, and members who have not taken an
active interest in the committee for a period of eighteen months, shall
ipso facto cease to be members of committee.
The committee shall
appoint annually from out of their own number, a president, secretary,
and treasurer, the two last mentioned of whom shall submit reports, at
such times as the committee shall appoint. Three members shall form a
quorum; the president to have a casting vote, in case of equality of
In the second place, the
foresaid committee shall apply each year’s income of said fund of one
thousand pounds toward the expenses of every kind, whether chargeable to
capital or income, which may be incurred during that year, it being
hereby expressly provided and declared, that on no account or pretext
whatever, shall the capital of the said sum of one thousand pounds be
encroached upon, for any purpose whatever.
In the third place, the
said committee shall apply the income of five hundred pounds of the said
fund, in the purchase of a first-class set of dental surgical
instruments, and other dental surgical necessaries (but only if the
committee shall consider such an expenditure necessary), and in
remunerating some person or persons practising dental surgery in
Kirkintilloch, whom they shall from time to time appoint, to give
dental-surgical aid to such persons, irrespective of sect, class, or
condition, on such days, and at such hours, forenoon and afternoon, as
they may appoint, and also at such other times as such practitioners are
not otherwise engaged. A diary shall be kept by each practitioner, in
which shall be entered all the operations of each day. The balance of
any such income shall be applied by the committee, in such manner as
two-thirds of the members may think fit, but always so as to alleviate
human suffering from physical disease. The patients are always to be
spoken to quietly and kindly, both by members of committee, and by the
practitioners; no unnecessary questions are to be put to them, and they
are to be made to understand, that extracting their teeth is an act of
gracious loving regard, not a charity.
In the fourth placet
should the committee, after a full and fair trial, find that the
services of the person or persons so appointed, are not being taken
advantage of to a satisfactory extent, they shall be at liberty to apply
the income of said sum of five hundred pounds, in such manner as
two-thirds of the members may think fit, but only in the alleviation of
human suffering from physical disease.
In the fifth place, the
said committee shall apply the income of the remaining five hundred
pounds of the said fund of one thousand pounds, in meeting the expenses
of courses of popular lectures in Kirkintilloch, on science, biography,
history, literature, travels, and other kindred subjects, but all
political and sectarian subjects shall be carefully excluded. In the
event of there being any surplus income, the committee shall have power,
to devote such surplus to the purchase of books for a free library, for
the management of which, they shall make such arrangements as they may
deem proper. In the event of other courses of popular lectures being
instituted, or from any change in the circumstances of the community,
the committee consider that the popular lectures now endowed are not
required, they shall be at liberty, and are authorised, with the
concurrence of two-thirds of their number, to devote the income of the
said sum of five' hundred pounds to the maintenance of a free library,
or to such other related purpose as they shall elect.
And to enable the
trustees to carry out the purposes of this Trust,
I confer upon them all
requisite powers,” etc., etc.
All honour to the Provost
of Dunoon for his liberal and, spontaneous gift of ;£i,ooo for
philanthropical purposes. We could do with a few more like him.
The late Bailie Matthew
Wallace presented to the town in 1881 an elegant cast-iron fountain,
which is erected at the Cross.
A handsome fountain is
also being erected in the Cowgate, at its junction with Broader oft, by
John Watson Esq., of Earnock. It is of square form, resting on two tiers
of granite, the lower of which is nine and a-half feet square; and the
base has on each of the four sides a tastefully-carved recess drinking
basin, with a small circular trough at the bottom for dogs.
Above the base are eight
circular pillars of polished Peterhead granite, carrying the pediment,
which will be surmounted by an ornamental lamp of wrought iron, the top
of which will stand nineteen feet above the ground.
The whole structure, both
in design and execution, reflects credit on the architect and
contractors, and it will be a permanent and useful ornament to the town.
Ye prosperous sons of
fortune and Kirkintilloch, whose generous hearts are bursting with
benevolence for want of an object on which to give it vent—let us point
out to you that our old mother has no town hall; nor any place ot public
meeting worthy of her and you.
No free library has been
erected to educate and enlighten her sons and daughters; and we cannot
expect Mr. Andrew Carnegie to undertake this for the whole of Scotland.
A Baxter has not yet
arisen with a public park for Kirkintilloch; and she has not even a
curling pond that she can call her own.
Alas! poor old Caurnie!
how have thy children neglected thee?