Notes: Frederick Leyland: A re-assessment of his background

By Anthony Tibbles, published August 2023


Frederick Leyland was one of the most successful shipowners and businessmen of the late nineteenth century and a noted patron of the arts. He began his career in 1844, aged 13, as an apprentice in the offices of the Liverpool ship owners John Bibby and Sons and within a dozen years or so, was a senior manager of the firm. He is credited with pioneering the introduction of steamships on their Mediterranean services and began investing in the voyages on his own account. He became a director in 1860 and staged a takeover in 1872, establishing his own line of steamers which by 1882 consisted of 25 vessels. He died in 1892…

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