Andrew Barclay Walker

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Sir Andrew Barclay Walker, 1st Baronet (15 December 1824 – 27 February 1893) was a brewer and Liverpool Councillor.

He was born at Auchinflower, Ayrshire and was educated at Ayr Academy and at the Liverpool Institute.

He followed his father, son of Peter Walker of the Fort brewery at Ayr, into brewing.[1] In 1879, on the death of his father, he gained control of the business and in 1890 he converted the private company into Peter Walker & Son (Warrington & Burton) Ltd a limited liability company, several pubs in Liverpool and the north west of England still carry the slogan Walkers Warrington Ale[2] in their frosted glass.

He was a Justice of the Peace for Ayrshire and a Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire. He was elected Lord Mayor of Liverpool for 1873 and 1876 and appointed High Sheriff of Lancashire for 1886–87. [3]

He married Eliza, the eldest daughter of John Reid, of Limekilns, Fife. They had 6 sons and two daughters, including John Reid Walker and William Walker, 1st Baron Wavertree (both renowned racehorse breeders). He later married Maude Okeover, the daughter of Haughton Charles Okeover; they had no children.

He built the Walker Art Gallery which is named after him and donated it to the City of Liverpool. For this, and other good works, he was knighted in 1877 and created Baronet Walker, of Gateacre, co. Lancaster in 1886.

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  1. ^ Small Selection of People with a Liverpool Connection
  2. ^ The Brewery History Society: Defunct Brewery Liveries
  3. ^ Mosley, Charles. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition 3. p. 4047. 

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