Chambers, Robert and William

born July 10, 1802, Peebles, Tweeddale, Scot.
died March 17, 1871, St. Andrews, Fifeshire

born 1800, Peebles
died 1883

Scottish publishers.

Robert, who began business as a bookstall keeper in Edinburgh, wrote historical, literary, and geological works. In 1832 the brothers started Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, which led to the establishment of the publishing firm W. & R. Chambers, Ltd. Their Chambers's Encyclopaedia (1859–68) was based on a translation of the German Konversations-Lexikon. Considered scholarly and reliable on historical subjects, the encyclopaedia has gone through several editions, but the lack of a continuous revision system has led to the dating of much of its material.

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