The multi-faceted Life of Peter Brough of Paisley, 1797-1883

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The paper which follows gives an account of the life and career of Peter Brough of Paisley, a wealthy Victorian drapery entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist who became a major influence in the town. A brief overview of Paisley during Brough’s time is first given. Secondly, the paper traces Brough’s business ventures in Paisley and across Scotland, together with his investment activities. A character sketch then follows. The paper next examines Brough’s engagement in local affairs, following this with an account of his church involvements and Christian philanthropy. The paper concludes with a final reflection on Brough’s life and achievement, set within its context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-71
Number of pages25
JournalScottish Business and Industrial History
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2019


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