SIR WILLIAM BURRELL Biography - Bussiness people and enterpreneurs


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Name: William Burrell                                                               
Born: July 9, 1861                                                                 
Died: March 29, 1958                                                               
Sir William Burrell (July 9, 1861 - March 29, 1958) was a Glaswegian shipping       
merchant and philanthropist. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1861. He was       
the third of nine children in a family, which ran a shipping business.             
Burrell joined this business in 1875, at the age of 14, and took over the firm     
when his father died. Burrell and his brothers were successful in business by       
ordering ships during economic downturns, and using these modern vessels to full   
capacity when the economy recovered. Using this method the family managed to       
become rich. This allowed Burrell to spend his time collecting antiques, and he     
managed this by his eye for a bargain.                                             
In 1902 he married Constance Mitchell, the daughter of another ship owner.         
Burrell was knighted in 1927 for services to art and for his public work.           
In 1944 Burrell donated his collection to the city of Glasgow.                     
William Burrell died at Hutton Castle in the Scottish Borders on 29 March 1958,     
at the age of 96.