Walter Crum

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Walter Crum (1796 – 1867) was a Scottish chemist and businessman. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1844.[1]

Life[edit]

He was born in Glasgow, the second son of Alexander Crum of Thornliebank, a merchant there, and of Jane, the eldest daughter of Walter Ewing Maclae; the politician Humphrey Ewing Crum-Ewing was his younger brother.[1][2][3][4] His sister Margaret Fisher Crum married John Brown as his second wife, and was mother of Alexander Crum Brown.[5]

Calico print by Walter Crum & Co.

Walter Crum studied at Anderson's University under Thomas Graham.[6] He then worked for James Thomson, for two years,[1] before going into the same business, the printing of calico, on his own account. He directed the existing family firm at Thornliebank, already large employers, into dyeing, particularly with Turkey red.[7]

Map showing Thornliebank, the bleach works, and Rouken Glen Park.

Crum purchased the Birkenshaw Estate (later Rouken Glen Park).[8] He was an early collector of photographs.[9]

Family[edit]

Crum married Jessie, daughter of William Graham. Their children included:

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Memoirs and Portraits of One Hundred Glasgow Men: 24. Walter Crum
  2. ^ Royal Society (Great Britain) (1868). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. p. 8. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  3. ^ http://gdl.cdlr.strath.ac.uk/stecit/stecit14042.htm
  4. ^ Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench (1870)
  5. ^ Russell, Colin A. "Brown, Alexander Crum". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/37229.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  6. ^ http://www.strath.ac.uk/archives/ourcollections/xml/institutionalarchives/papersofformerstaffandstudents/papersofwaltercrum/
  7. ^ rcahms.gov.uk/, Glasgow, Thornliebank, General.
  8. ^ http://roukenglenpark.wordpress.com/park/history/
  9. ^ Scotland Cultural Profile, Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
  10. ^ Debretts House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1881
  11. ^ Simpson, R. S. "Crum, Walter Ewing". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/32653.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  12. ^ http://www28.us.archive.org/stream/memorialsofjohnm02camp#page/188/mode/2up
  13. ^ https://personal.cis.strath.ac.uk/~davidm/website/history01.htm
  14. ^ Howe, A. C. "Houldsworth, Sir William Henry". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/40813.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  15. ^ Smith, Crosbie. "Thomson, William". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/36507.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  16. ^ Family of Douglas, The Genealogy of the Families of Douglas of Mulderg and Robertson of Kindeace with their Descendants (1895), pp. 31–2; archive.org.
  17. ^ Silvanus Phillips Thompson (June 2006). The Life Of Lord Kelvin. American Mathematical Soc. p. 46. ISBN 978-0-8218-3743-6. Retrieved 26 April 2012.