William Chambers of Glenormiston

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William Chambers

Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Peebles, Scottish Borders, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: May 20, 1883 (83)
Immediate Family:

Son of James Chambers and Jean Gibson
Husband of Harriet Seddon Clark
Brother of Robert Chambers

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About William Chambers of Glenormiston

Biographical Summary

CHAMBERS OF GLENORMISTON, SIR WILLIAM. 16/04/1800-20/05/1883. Ref: 298. Male.

  • Titles and British Honours: Knight(1881).
  • Place of Birth: Peebles.
  • Place of interment: Peebles Cemy.
  • Profession: Publisher.
  • Appointments Held: 1819 Bookseller & Printer, Edinburgh; Founder & Managing Partner of W & R Chambers, Publisher, Edinburgh; Lord Provost of Edinburgh 1865-69.
  • Training: Apprenticed 1813-18 to an Edinburgh bookseller.
  • Postgraduate Studies: LL.D(St Andrews 1863, Edinburgh 1872).
  • Mother: Jean Gibson.
  • Siblings: Robert Chambers FRSE 1802-71.
  • Other Family: Uncle of Robert Chambers FRSE 1832-88.
  • References: DNB 10, 1887, 27-9; Proc Roy Soc Edinb, 14, 1886-7, (143-5); TB Whitson, "The Lord Provosts of Edinburgh 1296-1932", 1932. 127-8, (Portrait); W P Anderson 1931, 711.
  • Date of Election: 17/04/1860.
  • Proposers: John Schank More (Billet 19/3/1860, 2/4/1860).
  • Notes: With Henry Littlejohn carried out the first great slum clearance in Edinburgh.
  • Fellow Type: OF.

SOURCE: Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Biographical index of former fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1783-2002: Biographical Index. I. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 978-0-902198-84-5. page 174

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April 16, 1800
Peebles, Scottish Borders, Scotland, United Kingdom
May 20, 1883
Age 83