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George Bonar (c1870-1938) of Low and Bonar
Mr George Bonar, one of the most prominent industrialists in Scotland, died suddenly in his office at Dundee yesterday, aged sixty-eight.
Son of a working man in a Dundee jute mill, Mr Bonar became head of some of the largest jute manufacturing interests in the world. At his death his interests embraced Baxter Brothers, Eagle Jute Mill, Dudhope, and Eastport Works, all large jute concerns, while he had large manufacturing and commercial interests all over the world.
Mr Bonar was a notable benefactor of Dundee. Twenty years ago he offered St Andrews University £25,000 to found a commerce faculty in University College, Dundee, but the conditions were unacceptable to the university. Ten years later he diverted the money, accrued in the interval to £40,000, to build the Dundee School of Economics and Commerce, adding another £10,000 endowment.