William Hopkins Holyland

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William Hopkins Holyland

William Hopkins Holyland (born 1807) was an English accountant. He is best known for having co-founded, with Samuel Lowell Price and Edwin Waterhouse, the accountancy practice of Price Waterhouse that now forms part of PriceWaterhouseCoopers.[1]


He first joined the firm of Coleman, Turquand, Youngs & Co. where he became an expert in liquidations and bankruptcies. He became friendly with another clerk by the name of Edwin Waterhouse while working there. In 1865 he went into partnership with Samuel Lowell Price and then persuaded Price to recruit Waterhouse into the practice that is now famous.[1]

Holyland retired in 1871.[2]


  1. ^ a b Accounting for Success: a History of Price Waterhouse in America 1890-1990. Harvard Business School Press. ISBN 978-0-87584-328-5.
  2. ^ PWC s.r.l. History and milestones