He was born in Cellardyke, Fife in 1827, the son of Archibald Williamson, a shipowner. In 1848 he went to Liverpool, and there founded, with Alexander Balfour, the firm of Balfour Williamson, trading with South America with offices in Valparaiso, Chile and San Francisco. He married Anne Guthrie, the daughter of Dr Thomas Guthrie.
Williamson had homes in Copley in Cheshire and Glenogil in Forfarshire. He died at Copley in June 1903 aged 65. His son Archibald Williamson was also a politician and was created Baron Forres in 1922.
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- Methil Heritage website
- Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Stephen Williamson
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