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Son of William Dunn, Esq. of Gartclash, Kirkintilloch, born 1770,
and after succeeding to the parental property, commenced machine
works in Glasgow, which afterwards became famous throughout
Britain. He next fitted up Duntocher mill with his own machinery,
and succeeded so well that in a few years he purchased the neigh-
bouring Faifley mill from the Faifley Spinning Company, Mr.
Dunn also erected the Milton and Hardgate mills, to meet his con-
tinually extending business. It is to the enterprise of Mr. Dunn
that Duntocher owes its origin in a great measure, and certainly all
its prosperity. In addition to the purchases connected with his various
mills, Mr. Dunn acquired, by large and successive purchases, a very
considerable extent of landed property in Old Kilpatrick parish, com-
prehending the lands of Duntocher, Milton, Kilbowies, Balquhanran,
Dalmuir, Duntiglennan, Auchentoshan, Loch Humphrey, and others.
The sole architect of his large fortune, William Dunn was a man of
indomitable perseverance, great self-reliance, and unsullied integrity.
He managed his extensive concerns with care and talent, and
was much esteemed amongst the population connected with his
various establishments, amounting to several thousands. Charitable,
yet unostentatious, and uniting to a strict sense of honour and rigid
truthfulness a liberal spirit in all his dealings, he was in every way
worthy of the high position which, by his vigour and ability, he had
attained amongst the merchants and landowners of the west of Scot-
land. In private life he was beloved as a gentleman of unassuming
manners and kindly disposition ; and although he did not aspire to
any official situation of distinction, he at all times liberally contributed
to every object calculated to promote the public good. He died at
Mount Blow, 13th March, 1849, leaving the bulk of his large property
to his sole surviving brother, Alexander Dunn, with the exception of
a sum of ,£3000, allocated for various charitable purposes. Mr. Dunn
was a deputy-lieutenant of Dumbartonshire. 1
' For particulars connected with William therefrom, see " Book of Dumbartonshire,"
Dunn's Settlement, and litigation arising vol. ii. pp. 376, 77.

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