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Andrew Barclay Walker

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Sir Andrew Barclay Walker, first baronet (1824–1893), brewer and benefactor

1824 born at Auchinflower, Ayrshire, on 15 December 1824, the second son of Peter Walker (1795–1879) of the Fort brewery, Ayr, and his wife, Mary (d. 1846).

Educated at Ayr Academy and at the Liverpool Institute

Partner in the brewing business of his father, in Ray Street, Liverpool.

1846 a new brewery was opened in Warrington, where the family already had two breweries.

1867 entered the Liverpool city council

1877 another brewery was opened in Burton upon Trent to specialize in the brewing of high-quality bitter ales under the title of A. B. Walker and Sons.

1877 Presented Walker Art Gallery to the city. Designed by local architects Cornelius Sherlock and H. H. Vale, the Walker Art Gallery was opened on 6 September 1877 by Edward Henry Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby.[1]

1877 Knighted for public services

1886 he provided £20,000 for the building of engineering laboratories in connection with the Liverpool University College which was opened in 1889.

1893 Died

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Sources of Information

  • Biography of Sir Andrew Barclay Walker, ODNB