Collection OM/43 - Walter Crum papers

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Reference code

GB 249 OM/43

Title

Walter Crum papers

Date(s)

  • 1789 - 1929 (Creation)

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0.1 metres

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Name of creator

(1796-1867)

Biographical history

A member of a long established Glasgow family of merchants and manufacturers, Walter Crum studied chemistry at Anderson's University under Thomas Graham and subsequently became assistant to the scientific pioneer, James Thomson, in Lancashire. Following a period of travel in Europe and Asia Minor, Crum returned to Glasgow to take over the management of the family firm, which specialised in dyeing and calico printing, and also the family estate at Thornliebank in Renfrewshire. This estate had been purchased by John Crum, merchant in Glasgow, from Sir John Maxwell of Pollok in December 1789. He continued his researches, published scientific papers and was recognised throughout Europe as an expert on dyestuffs. Crum was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1844 and served as President of Anderson's University from 1847 to 1865. He died at Thornliebank in May 1867.

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Correspondence 1860-1867; published articles; Thornliebank chartulary 1789-1929.

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Open

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  • English

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Item level list available in reading room.

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Related units of description

Crum Family papers (ref: GB 243 TD1073) (Glasgow City Archives)

Papers of Major F.M. Crum (ref: GB 233 Acc 4981) (National Library of Scotland)

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