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Darwin Correspondence Project

William Schaw Lindsay

1816–77

Scottish merchant, shipowner, and politician. Entered the merchant navy in 1831; captain, 1836–40. Fitter to the Castle Eden Coal Company, Hartlepool, before establishing the shipbroking firm W. S. Lindsay & Co, which became one of the largest shipowning concerns in the world. Liberal MP, Tynemouth and North Shields, 1854–9; Sunderland, 1859–65. Leading figure in the Confederate lobby in Britain.

Sources

DNB

Dod’s parliamentary companion

Jenkins 1974–80, 2: 308, 336.

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