|Other Last Name||Strachan|
|Other First Name|
|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.
|Resident In the Lake District||No|
|Resident In London||Yes|
|Resident Outside UK||No|
|Travel Outside UK||No|