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William Campbell

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William Campbell

A Thomas Annan photograph of William Campbell of Tillichewan (1793-1864). The painting was by Sir Daniel Macnee.

In 1817 Campbell established the retail and wholesale drapery and dry goods (textiles, fabrics and other cloth products) firm J & W Campbell & Co with his brother James. The company opened extensive stores and factories in Britain and developed trading links across the world. In 1841 he purchased the Tullichewan estate in Dunbartonshire.

A friend of Thomas Chalmers and a staunch supporter of the Free Church after 1843, Campbell was involved in many charitable causes. He was co-founder of the Glasgow Night Asylum for the Houseless and a supporter of Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the Indigent Gentlewoman's Fund. When plans were mooted to open the Botanic Gardens to the public during the Glasgow Fair holiday, Campbell donated £500 to help make the idea possible. He served as a councillor from 1846 to 1852.

Reference: Mitchell Library, GC 920.041435 COR

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

Botanic Gardens, councillors, drapers, dry goods, Glasgow Night Asylum for the Houseless, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Indigent Gentlewoman's Fund, J & W Campbell & Co, merchants, portraits, textile manufacturers

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