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The Anecdotage of Glasgow
Murder of Robert Fare, Town-Clerke of Glasgow

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?

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