William MacGregor

English collector of antiquities; clergyman

Son ofA nne Moon and Walter Fergus MacGregor who owned an iron foundry in Liverpool. He was educated at Rugby School then 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 in his house at Bolehill Manor, Tamworth, Staffordshire. His collection was sold at Sotheby's, June 1922 in a nine day sale. Many pieces were acquired for the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum, London. After Sir Henry Wellcome's much of the archaeological collections were dispersed and perhaps as many as four hundred items came into Liverpool's collection through donation in 1971 (accessioned 1973). This included much of lot eight from the division of Prof. John Garstang's finds from 1906, which includes material from Esna and Abydos (thus making good replacement for those lost in the 1941 fire).

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.
  • Gender
    Male
  • Relationship
    Collector, Previous owner
  • Nationality
    British: English
  • Born
    1848-05-16
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Merseyside: Liverpool
  • Died
    1937-02-26
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Staffordshire: Tamworth
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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