The William Young Collection

A unique collection of personal scrapbooks compiled by William Young, R.S.W. which contain cuttings, photographs, journal articles and ephemera relating to Glasgow at the end of the 19th and beginning of 20th century.

About William Young

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William Young from his scrapbook vol. 1

The compiler of these scrapbooks, William Young (1845 – 1916) was a notable Glasgow artist. He came to Glasgow from Catrine in Ayrshire and after leaving Glasgow High School, he worked in a variety of clerical jobs until 1877. By the 1880s he had established himself as a well-known and popular local artist. He was the first secretary of the Glasgow Art Club and an accomplished musician. He was sometimes referred to as 'Cheery Willie' because of his sunny nature.

About the collection

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William Young Scrapbook Vol. 19 p.9 The Thirteen Annual Excursion, 30 May 1908

The 39 volumes of scrapbooks contain many references to Glasgow artists and other well-known figures as well as cuttings about the history and development of the Victorian city.

Finding aid

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Glasgow Ballad Club William Young Scrapbook, vol. 6 p. 39

Each scrapbook has an index, and many items are indexed in the “Glasgow Database”. Please contact Special Collections or 0141 287 2988 if you would like to access this collection.

Further reading

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Photograph of William Graham. From William Young Scrapbook 25

William Young, Art UK

William Young, Kirkudbright Galleries

William Graham Collection, Mitchell Library

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