Edgar Corrie was born in Kirkcudbright. He became a highly successful grain merchant and brewer, chiefly working in Liverpool. In that city from 1787 he set up a partnership with fellow Scot, John Gladstone Bt., the father of the future Prime Minister, William Ewart Gladstone. The partnership was dissolved in 1801 and Corrie continued to act as a sole trader. As well as being a businessman, Corrie published a series of letters on mercantile, philanthropic and political matters. His works include: ‘Letters on the Subject of the Scotch Distillery Laws’ (1796) and ‘Letters on the subject of the duties on Coffee’ (1808). He was a supporter of the abolition of the slave trade, although his name was not mentioned at his request due to fears it may damage his professional reputation.