Papers of Walter Crum

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Correspondence 1860-1867; Published articles; Thornliebank Chartulary 1789-1929; Biographical information

Administrative / Biographical History

A member of a long established Glasgow family of merchants and manufacturers, Walter Crum studied chemistry at Anderson's University under the great 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. 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 1847-1865. He died at Thornliebank in May 1867.

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Located in University Archives, McCance Building

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Archivist's Note

Archivist's note: Description prepared by Margaret Harrison, Web version by Graham S. Holton, Jordanhill LibraryRules or Conventions: Description based on Scottish Archive Network guidelines, based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000). and Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997)Date of descriptions: January 2009

Related Material

GB 243 TD1073 Glasgow City Archives, Crum Family papers

GB 233 Acc 4981 National Library of Scotland, Papers of Major F M Crum