G.L. Wilson's Department Store

Scope and Content

Photograph albums concerning seasonal displays and exhibitions sponsored by G.L. Wilson's Department Store The Corner, The Murraygate, Dundee, 1949-1957.

Administrative / Biographical History

Gavin Laurie Wilson was born in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, in 1852. He had a 'popular warehouse' in Cupar, Fife before opening what became G.L. Wilson's Department Store in 1894. The store, originally principally a drapery, was located on the corner of Murraygate and Commercial Street, Dundee, and was popularly known as 'The Corner'. Wilson died in 1932 but his son John was active in the running of the business until his death in 1962. Another son, involved to an extent in the store, was Sir Garnet Wilson (1885-1973) a local Liberal politician who was Lord Provost of Dundee from 1940 to 1946 and who was knighted for his services to the city. A third son, Gavin, died in action as a result of wounds sustained during the First World War. The store closed in around 1981 but the building still stands.

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Compiled by Jenny Cutts, Scottish Archive Network, and Caroline Brown, University of Dundee.

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