Biography of William Euing
William Euing (1788-1874) was an insurance underwriter and broker. He bequeathed most of his magnificent collection of books to the University, and the William Euing Fellowship is named for him.
The son of a Partick printer and calenderer, Euing worked for and then ran the family business until 1815. In 1817 he set up in business as an underwriter in Glasgow and William Euing & Co became one of the leading firms in the city. He managed the Association of Underwriters from 1832 until 1856.
The Euing Collection that was originally bequeathed to the University consists of 12,000 volumes as well as thousands of bibles, psalters, books of prayers and hymns. The Euing Music Library, which consists of 2,500 volumes of early printed music, was originally bequeathed to Anderson's University (where he founded a chair in Music) but was transferred to Glasgow University Library in 1936.