William MacGregor

English collector of antiquities

Educated at Exeter College, Oxford; Vicar of Tamworth, 1878-87; he served on the committee of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 1888-1930; Vice-President of the Liverpool Institute of Archaeology and a member of the Beni Hasan Excavation Committee and those for fieldwork at Edfu, Esna and Meroe. He formed one of the largest collections of Egyptian antiquities ever made by a private individual, which was kept at Bolehill Manor, Tamworth. His collection was sold at Sotheby's, June 1922 in a 9 day sale. Many pieces were acquired for Sir Henry Wellcome's collection, some of which came into Liverpool's collection through donation in 1971 (accessioned 1973), including much of lot 8 from the division of Garstang's finds from 1906, which includes material from Esna and Abydos (thus making good replacement for those lost in 1941).

Catalogue of the MacGregor Collection of Egyptian Antiquities (Sotheby’s 26 June – 3 July 1922)
H Wallis, 'Egyptian ceramic art: The MacGregor Collection. A contribution towards the history of Egyptian pottery by Henry Wallis with illustrations by the author' (London, 1898).
Beverley Rogers, 'The Reverend William MacGregor: an early industrialist collector' Antiquity Volume 084 Issue 325 September 2010 [available online http://antiquity.ac.uk/projgall/rogers325/ ]
Tom Hardwick, 'Five Months Before Tut. Purchasers and prices at the MacGregor sale, 1922', Journal of History of Collections vol. 23, no. 1 (2011) pp. 179-192.
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    British: English
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  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Merseyside: Liverpool
  • Died
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Merseyside: Liverpool
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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