The History of Leith

April 7, 2006

William Chambers

CHAMBERS [CHALMERS], William bookseller Edinburgh
Giles’ Buildings, Leith Walk 1819-21
5 and 6 Giles Buildings 1822
Broughton 1823
stationer and printer 23 Broughton Street 1824
bookseller stationer and circulating library same address 1825-29
47 Broughton Street 1830-32
William & Robert Chambers booksellers and publishers 19 Waterloo Place 1832-40
printing office Roxburgh Close 1835-40
339 High Street 1841-20th Century
Son of James Chambers, a commission agent in the weaving trade, and afterwards a draper, and Jean Gibson. William was born at Peebles 16 April 1800; his brother Robert in 1802, and James in 1807. In 1814 he was apprenticed to a bookseller called Sutherland. In May 1819, he finished his apprenticeship and opened a stall in Leith Walk. He was Lord Provost of Edinburgh 1865-69. He married but all his children predeceased him. Edin Dir; William Chambers. Memoir of William and Robert Chambers. 12th ed. Edinburgh and London, 1883; William Chambers. Memories of the Chambers Brothers. Edinburgh, 1967; Sheila A. Scott. William Chambers of Glenormiston. Biggar, 1997.

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