The Mowat-Thomson Collection


McTear’s is delighted to announce a Summer 2021 auction, the contents of 19 St Bernard’s Crescent, Edinburgh,
the private collection of William Mowat-Thomson.



An iconic figure in Scottish dance, Edinburgh-based William Mowat-Thomson was a teacher of dance, drama and yoga and a collector of the most wonderful array of art and antiques. From modest beginnings on Orkney, William achieved success in his working life and from a young age furnished his grand homes in his much-loved Georgian style.



When William passed away in 2019, at the age of 86, he had built a collection unrivalled in breadth and vibrancy. A great friend of the late gentleman recalls that those visiting Willliam’s house at St Bernard’s Crescent, Edinburgh, affectionately referred to it as the V&A, being as it was a museum of beautiful objets d’art.  



The single-owner auction of William Mowat-Thomson's fabulous collection will take place at McTear's in Summer 2021. Details will be published soon. 


Magda Ketterer is your dedicated contact at McTear's for estate sales and valuations. Large and small properties are visited daily to fulfil executry requirements and related contents sales at auction. Please contact Magda on 0141 810 2880 or

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