Laurence Pullar

1837 - 1926

Industrialist. Born in Perth, the son of John Pullar, he entered the family textile dyeing and cleaning company and ran their dyeworks at Keirfield in Bridge of Allan and at Ashfield near Kinbuck. Pullar funded the Bathymetrical Survey of the Fresh Water Lochs of Scotland, undertaken by Sir John Murray (1841 - 1914) and his son Frederick Pullar. When Frederick died in 1901, Pullar took over his role, which continued until 1909. This was the first comprehensive examination of the nature of Scottish lochs, undertaken over a decade with some 60,000 depth measurements recorded on 562 lochs, resulting in the first detailed charts of these water bodies. The detailed records of the survey were published in six volumes in 1910. Pullar was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Pullar is buried alongside his son and wife in Logie Cemetery, near Bridge of Allan.

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