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For 16 years Birnie was a member of the Town Council. He served as treasurer for six years and as a magistrate for three. He was elected provost in 1910, a post he held for six years. As provost he took a leading role in organising aid for soldiers on active duty in the First World War and in providing comfort for the bereaved.
John Birnie (1856–1946)
oil on canvas
H 102.5 x W 88 cm