Biography of Laurence MacBrayne
MacBrayne Hall was gifted to the University by Laurence MacBrayne (c1867-1941) a Glasgow shipowner, and named for his father. MacBrayne also funded three scholarships and bequeathed his home to the University.
Laurence was a son of David MacBrayne, the founder of the shipping company that became Caledonian MacBrayne. He was a partner in the firm from 1902 until 1928 and held interests in other firms. In 1923 he gifted his former home at 11 Park Circus to the University for a hall of residence and in 1930 he provided a new endowment for the maintenance and extension of the hall.
After his son Liuetenant John MacBrayne was killed in the Battle of the Somme in 1916, MacBrayne endowed a bed at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in the former's memory. He died in 1941 at the age of 74, after falling from an upper window of his home at 8 Park Circus.