Last Name Strahan
First Name William
Other Last Name Strachan
Other First Name
Birth Date 1715
Death Date 1785
Gender m
Biographical Notes
Biographical Annotation i. Born in Edinburgh, in 1715, William Strahan served as an apprentice bookseller in Scotland before moving to London and opening his own printing business. By 1738, Strahan had begun to branch out into the bookselling business, purchasing copyrights and copyright shares from the authors he printed. The profits from selling and printing allowed him to expand his business significantly, developing business contacts in America, and gaining, in 1770, the patent as king’s printer.
Close friends with David Hume, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Johnson, and business partners with Adam Smith and Edward Gibbon, Strahan’s correspondence with these important figures survives to this day and is to many historians largely the reason for his significance during this period.
Nationality Scottish
Person URI
Resident In the Lake District No
Resident In London Yes
Resident Outside UK No
Travel Outside UK No
Birthplace Edinburgh
Deathplace London