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Q: Gilded Age Millionaires ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Gilded Age Millionaires
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: n1in-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 22 Jul 2002 21:26 PDT
Expires: 21 Aug 2002 21:26 PDT
Question ID: 44020
Who was Robert Warren Paterson, who made a lot of money and lived in
NY om the 1890s

Request for Question Clarification by politicalguru-ga on 26 Jul 2002 01:39 PDT
Dear n1in, 

Are you sure about the spelling of the name? Where did you find it?

Clarification of Question by n1in-ga on 26 Jul 2002 05:25 PDT
Robert Warren Paterson had a famous art collection in his New York
City mansion. In 1903 he built a summer "cottage" at Lenox MA in the
Berkshires known as Blantyre. It too included a significant gallery.
Question is: what was the source of his fortune, where did he (or
family) originate?

Clarification of Question by n1in-ga on 26 Jul 2002 05:27 PDT
Spelling is from Owens: The Berkshire Cottages, A Vanishing Era. She
could be wrong (PaTTerson?)
Subject: Re: Gilded Age Millionaires
Answered By: madsky101-ga on 28 Jul 2002 02:53 PDT

The spelling of the name is correct, but the amount of information
available about Mr. Paterson is sparse.

I did manage to find the answers to the questions you listed in your
clarification, although I wish that I could have provided greater
details.  The information I have listed was obtained from a site

Blantyre, as you already know, was the name given to the palatial
residence constructed by Mr. Paterson.  Blantyre went through many
different transitions over a period of 60 years, but is now , under
the ownership of Ann Fitzgerald Brown, an award winning luxury resort.

According to, Robert Paterson was a successful merchant. 
His good friend John Sloane, another successful merchant, invited Mr.
Paterson to visit Lenox, MA.  Mr. Patterson loved the area and decided
to make Lenox his home.  Construction began on Blantyre in 1901.

Although the site does not elaborate on the Ancestry of Robert
Paterson, it does state that his wife's ancestral home is located in
Lanarkshire, Scotland.  Blantyre is patterned after his wife's
ancestral home.  The residence is likened to a castle with "feudal
architectural features", and even included gargoyles.  A pretty
impressive piece of construction, considering the architect supposedly
drew the plans on the back of an envelope.

I really enjoyed researching this question, and it was a pleasure to
provide you assistance.


Links of interest:

History of Blantyre

In case you want to email Blantyre Resort, perhaps to see if they
could provide greater details about Robert Paterson, you can do so

Search terms:

"robert paterson"+"art collection"
"W&J Sloane"+lenox
"robert paterson"+berkshires
"lenox library"+ma
"robert paterson"+"art"
"anne fitzpatrick brown"+blantyre
"robert warren paterson"
Subject: Re: Gilded Age Millionaires
From: politicalguru-ga on 26 Jul 2002 13:48 PDT
Dear n1in, 

No, the spelling is not wrong, the name is the way you wrote it. I
found only that the man was esquire (a British title) and perhaps is
the same man that is mentioned here in (27) [search for Paterson, DOB
for the wife fits, ~1835]. That may explain his money - he was married
to a wealthey wife and had a title himself.

If I will find any significant information I will let you know, but
I'm afraid that as of now I have found no answer for your question
(sorry :-( )

Good luck with the hunt.

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