Sir George Bullough

1870 - 1939

Wealthy industrialist. Bullough was born at Accrington in Lancashire (England), the eldest son of John Bullough (1837 - 1891). He was educated at Harrow and was a privileged young man who took charge of the family firm, Howard & Bullough, one of the world's largest manufacturers of textile machinery, on his father's death. He oversaw the expansion of the company overseas, although could afford to leave the day-to-day running to others while he pursued more leisurely interests, including breeding race horses, country sports and sailing. He travelled the world in his steam yacht, which he was to convert to become a floating hospital and sail to South Africa on the outbreak of the Boer War in 1899. This act brought him a knighthood in 1901. Bullough also inherited the island of Rum, where he built the remarkable Kinloch Castle in 1901 at a cost of £250,000. He went on to fill this with treasures he had acquired from around the world.

In 1903, Bullough married Monica, the eldest daughter of Comte Gerard Gustavus Ducarel de la Pasture, 4th Marquis de la Pasture. Bullough served with the British Army (Scottish Horse) headquartered in Dunkeld from 1908 and he was responsible for acquiring and training horses for the army during the Fist World War, with the rank of Major. He also made generous interest-free loans available to the Government. In return for these services, he was granted a baronetcy in 1916.

Bullough introduced a scheme to share profits with his workers in 1906 but the recession of the 1930s brought the merger of Howard & Bullough with several other manufacturers to form Textile Machinery Makers Ltd. This company remained centred on Bullough's Globe Works in Accrington until this closed in 1993. It is now a business centre, but the family name is preserved in Bullough Park and the town also has a football club called Globe Bullough Park. Bullough died in France, but his portrait remains displayed in Kinloch Castle.

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