Thomas Blair, Solicitor

[Edinburgh Evening News 15 May 1897]

When the solicitors’ firm of Thomas Blair & son closed in Dunfermline in 2016, it was reported as one of the oldest Fife firms in existence, having started in 1840.

The firm was started by a Cairneyhill man, Thomas Blair (pictured above) born in 1822 in Cairneyhill to Andrew Blair and Isabella Wilson.

The report of Thomas’ death tells a lot about his career and interests:

Death of an ex-Baillie – Dundee Courier 13 May 1897

‘Mr Thomas Blair, solicitor, died yesterday morning at his residence in Viewfield Place. The deceased, who was a native of the neighbouring village of Cairneyhill, was a well-known public man, having been a member of the Dunfermline Town Council for the long period of twenty-five years. For a considerable part of that time Mr Blair was a burgh treasurer and after a magistrate. The deceased, who was seventy-four years of age, leaves a widow and family.’

Thomas Blair is buried with his family in Cairneyhill graveyard:

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