Alexander Bennett McGrigor

Biography of Alexander Bennett McGrigor

Alexander Bennett McGrigor
Alexander Bennett McGrigor

Alexander Bennett McGrigor of Cairnoch (1827-1891) was a graduate of the University who was Dean of Faculties from 1876 to 1879 and a Rector's Assessor from 1884 until 1887. The McGrigor Collection of books and pamphlets relating to the natural and civil history, topography and antiquities of Jerusalem and the Holy Land was donated to the University by his son, Alexander McGrigor, in 1891.

Born in Glasgow, McGrigor studied Law at the University, graduating LLD in 1877, and served his apprenticeship in the family firm of McGrigor, Murray & McGrigor. He became the head of the firm on the death of his father in 1853 and it became one of the largest law firms in Glasgow.

McGrigor was a a noted bibliophile and a keen supporter of the Liberal Party. His public duties did not only concern the University: he was also involved in the administration of the Western Infirmary and Queen Margaret College, and he was Honorary Secretary of the Glasgow International Exhibition in 1888.


Alexander Bennett McGrigor

Born 1 May 1827, Glasgow, Scotland.
Died 22 March 1891.
University Link: Dean of Faculties, Graduate
GU Degree: LLD, 1877;
Occupation categories: lawyers
NNAF Reference: GB/NNAF/P130834
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Record last updated: 16th Jul 2009

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