Seekers of Truth: The Scottish Founders of Modern Public Accountancy

Front Cover
Emerald Group Publishing, 2006 - Business & Economics - 445 pages
1 Review
2004 marked the 150th anniversary of the foundation of institutionalised public accountancy in the English-speaking world. The mid nineteenth century founders were public accountants practicing in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen. Their historical legacy is a respected profession world-wide that offers a complex range of public accountancy and other services to industry, commerce, and government. This book celebrates this legacy in biographies of 138 accountants involved in the creation of three professional bodies that combined to form the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) in 1951. The biographies are presented within a historical context of Scotland at the beginning of the reign of Queen Victoria and reveal the economic and social class structure that characterised Victorian times. Many of the founders were members of families that profoundly influenced Scottish history in a variety of ways. Others had more humble origins. The biographies therefore attempt to capture not only the background of the founders but also their achievements in terms of careers, families, and friends. The book should be of interest to public accountants wishing to understand the historical foundations on which their profession is based. It is also relevant to social historians studying the impact of emerging professions on the economic, political, and social landscape of nineteenth century Scotland particularly and Britain more widely.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

I haven't read this book and I know it is so hard to get historical facts correct but on page 150 it says that George Gibson is the son in law of Archibald Fullarton a Minister no sorry son in law of Archibald Fullarton the printer publisher associated with Blackie and Sommerville.
Regards,
Irene.
 

Contents

IV
1
V
3
VI
5
VII
7
VIII
10
IX
16
X
21
XI
27
LXXXIII
205
LXXXIV
206
LXXXV
208
LXXXVI
209
LXXXVII
211
LXXXVIII
212
LXXXIX
217
XC
221

XII
34
XIII
38
XIV
42
XV
45
XVI
49
XVII
50
XVIII
53
XIX
56
XX
59
XXI
66
XXII
73
XXIII
74
XXIV
77
XXV
79
XXVI
84
XXVII
85
XXVIII
86
XXIX
88
XXX
96
XXXI
98
XXXII
102
XXXIV
104
XXXV
106
XXXVI
107
XXXVII
109
XXXVIII
110
XXXIX
111
XL
112
XLI
114
XLII
115
XLIII
116
XLIV
118
XLV
119
XLVI
120
XLVII
125
XLVIII
127
XLIX
128
L
131
LI
133
LII
136
LIII
138
LIV
140
LV
141
LVII
142
LVIII
148
LIX
151
LX
152
LXI
155
LXII
158
LXIII
159
LXIV
160
LXV
165
LXVI
166
LXVII
167
LXVIII
170
LXIX
173
LXX
175
LXXI
177
LXXII
179
LXXIII
185
LXXV
186
LXXVI
187
LXXVII
188
LXXVIII
189
LXXIX
195
LXXXI
197
LXXXII
201
XCI
224
XCII
225
XCIII
230
XCIV
231
XCV
232
XCVI
233
XCVII
237
XCVIII
241
XCIX
244
C
246
CI
248
CII
250
CIII
251
CIV
254
CV
255
CVI
256
CVII
258
CVIII
261
CIX
263
CX
269
CXI
274
CXII
275
CXIII
277
CXIV
279
CXV
280
CXVI
282
CXVII
289
CXVIII
290
CXIX
291
CXX
295
CXXI
296
CXXII
299
CXXIII
302
CXXIV
307
CXXV
311
CXXVI
312
CXXVII
313
CXXVIII
317
CXXIX
319
CXXX
320
CXXXI
321
CXXXII
325
CXXXIII
326
CXXXIV
328
CXXXV
330
CXXXVI
331
CXXXVII
333
CXXXVIII
335
CXXXIX
336
CXLI
338
CXLII
339
CXLIII
341
CXLIV
342
CXLV
343
CXLVI
345
CXLVII
347
CXLVIII
350
CXLIX
351
CL
353
CLII
354
CLIII
359
CLV
361
CLVI
367
CLVII
389
CLVIII
399
CLIX
409
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2006)

University of Alabama

Bibliographic information