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the Bookplate of Allan Graham Barns-Graham

22 April, 2010

Bookplate found within the pages of Catullus: the Poems.

Allan Graham Barns Graham

Allan Graham Barns-Graham was a rather interesting fellow (as far as I can tell from ‘Who’s Who in Glasgow in 1909’).

Scallops, as seen on his coat of arms, are the symbol of a far-flung traveler.  This is appropriate for Allan Graham Barns-Graham, whose career took him to Egypt, India, China, the Philippines and the far-off American states of California and Nevada.  He did all this before his 40th birthday in 1875, after which he turned his attention to Lanarkshire and the family estates.

His positions of responsibility included: representative of the South Division of Cambuslang on the County Council, Chairman of the Middle Ward District Committe, Convener of the County, one of the Extra Parliamentary Panel of Commissioners, Justice of the Peace and Deputy-Lieutenant for the Counties of Lanark and Renfrew and the Chairman of Lanarkshire County Council.

Quite a busy fellow!  Having known his bookplate, I would like to have known the man himself.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Tim Barns-Graham permalink
    9 June, 2010 12:00 pm

    You are observing the Bookplate of my great grandfather, Allan Graham Barns-Graham, of whom we have extensive history on his and associated family histories.
    Tim Barns-Graham, Wellington, New Zealand.

  2. 10 June, 2010 5:23 pm

    How delightful! Many thanks for commenting. Your great grandfather really does seem like a fascinating man. It’s incredible, the distances he traveled! I was intrigued by the short biography in ‘Who’s Who in Glasgow’, but was unable to find out much more. I’d be very interested to learn more about him, if you’d like to share.

  3. Tim Barns-Graham permalink
    23 June, 2010 11:11 am

    I emailed you a range of articles and photos associated with A.G. Barns-Graham and other family links – trust that I didn’t overload your system, as sometimes my email programme doubles up the text and attachments!

  4. Myrna Goldware permalink
    12 September, 2011 10:01 pm

    Tim Barns-Graham: A carte-de-visite by Thomas Rodger of Wilhelmina, your great-grandmother, inscribed to her sister when Willie was 15 years old, sold on eBay several months ago. I was intrigued and awestruck by her extraordinary presence and loveliness and have invested a fair amount of time over the past few months culling as much as I could from the internet in order to know her better. I never imagined I would “reach” something as personal and remote as her husband’s bookplate, but thanks to the wonders of the internet and this amazing blog, A Diligent Observer, I have. Furthermore, it may have made it possible for me to connect with one of her ancestors. Willie’s future seems to have been attached to a bright star from the seminal moment she was delivered into the world by the famous Dr. Simpson. Add to that, the exquisite portraits of her by early, well-known, photographers in Scotland [Rodger, Dr. Adamson], her marriage to your grandfather, and her granddaughter was a famous British painter; is it any wonder she arouses one’s interest as a fascinating, even extraordinary, individual? I would welcome hearing from you, if you receive this message.

    • Myrna Goldware permalink
      12 September, 2011 10:07 pm

      correction: I meant to say marriage to your great-grandfather, not grandfather.

  5. 12 September, 2011 10:39 pm

    2nd correction: with one of her descendants [not what i wrote above; “one of her ancestors”]. Very sorry. I should have done a better job of editing.

  6. Anonymous permalink
    13 September, 2011 2:03 am

    Thank you Myrna. Your pre-editing / proof reading was understood. Perhaps you should contact our foremost authority on the Barns-Graham family and history, Peter Barns-Graham in the UK. His email is and his genealogical web site is at . I am the only member of our generation who hasn’t travelled to or lived in the UK / Scotland !
    Kind regards, Tim Barns-Graham, Wellington, N.Z.

    • Anonymous permalink
      13 September, 2011 2:11 am

      Seems this web site didn’t capture the two addresses in my previous comment, so here is another try! and

    • 13 September, 2011 4:32 am

      Thank you kindly for your reply and for suggesting that I contact your relative Peter Barns-Graham for additional information on your great-grandparents. I will most certainly write to him. Also, I want to thank Clarissa Whitehorn for this intriguing, very beautifully designed blog and for writing about a bookplate that happened to have been your great-grandfather’s and captured her attention, much the same way a carte-de-visite of your great-grandmother captured mine.
      Myrna Goldware, Portland, OR

  7. Anonymous permalink
    13 September, 2011 2:07 am

    Seems this web site failed to capture the two addresses I entered in my previous comment, so here’s another try…… and

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