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Andrew Barclay (Sir) Walker

1824 - 1893
Brewer, Mayor of Liverpool ,Alderman and sponsor of the Walker Art Gallery


Sir Andrew Barclay Walker was a wealthy brewer born in Ayrshire who expanded the family business to England and moved to live in Gateacre, Liverpool.  He presented an Art Gallery to Liverpool in 1877 to commemorate his term as Mayor donating £20,000 towards the costs.  The Walker Art Gallery houses one of the largest art collections in England, outside of London.  It is promoted as "the National Gallery of the North". Designed by local architects Cornelius Sherlock and H.H. Vale.  In 1884 a new extension to the Walker Art Gallery was opened of which Walker paid the cost the rest of his donation paid for works of art.  He also erected public houses of high architectural standards and gave generously to many charities.

He was born at Auchinflower, Ayrshire and was educated at Ayr Academy and at the Liverpool Institute.  His father Peter Walker took him into partnership in the brewing business and he later established a brewery in Ray Street, Liverpool.  This business was successfull and in 1846 Walker moved it to a new brewery in Warrington, where the family already had two others.

His first wife in 1853 was Eliza they had six sons and two daughters. Eliza died in 1882, and in 1887 Walker married Maude second daughter of Haughton Charles Okeover.

Walker owned a number of colliery properties in Ayrshire and South Wales were he earned a large income.  In 1884 he bought Osmaston Manor, Derbyshire.

Walker resigned from his position as alderman on the city council in 1889 through ill health. In recognition of his service to the city, Liverpool made him its first honorary freeman in January 1890. He died at Gateacre Grange, Little Woolton, Lancashire, in 1893.

Rob Ainsworth