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Sir William (1st Baronet Bilsland, of Park Circus, Glasgow) Bilsland

Male 1847 - 1921  (74 years)

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  • Name William (1st Baronet Bilsland, of Park Circus, Glasgow) Bilsland 
    Prefix Sir 
    Born 17 Mar 1847  Ballat, Balfron, Stirllingshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Aug 1921 
    Person ID I169374  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 10 Sep 2016 

    Family Agnes Anne Steven,   d. 23 Jul 1935 
    Married 16 Sep 1885 
     1. Agnes Anne Bilsland,   b. 5 Jun 1896,   d. 29 Dec 1970  (Age 74 years)
    Last Modified 15 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F70941  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • He was Lord Provost of Glasgow andf Lord-Lieutenant of the County and City of Glasgow
      He was invested as a Knight Commander, Order of St. Olaf of Norway
      He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Law (LL.D.).
      He was invested as a Order of the Sacred Treasure of Japan.

      Sir William Bilsland was born on St. Patrick's Day, 1847, at Ballat, near Balfron, of forebears who had been for several centuries farmers in the neighbouring parish of Kilmaronock. His brother, James ran a small family bakery in Anderston Glasgow where he was later joined by his brothers, William, Alexander and John. William's main concern was the distribution of the family bread. He acquired 12 vans, as well as horse and carts. Bilslands bread was distributed all over Scotland. He later acquired other firms including Gray and Dunn biscuit manufacturers in 1912. William later became Lord Provost of Glasgow and was created a baronet in 1907.