Andrew Leslie (shipbuilder)

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The grave of Andrew Leslie of Coxlodge, Rosebank Cemetery

Andrew Leslie (1818–1894) was a Scottish shipbuilder. [1]

Born in 1818 in Garth, Dunrossness, [2] Shetland to Christian Allison and Robert Leslie, Leslie later moved to Aberdeen. [3] In 1853 Leslie relocated to Hebburn in North-East England where he founded the shipbuilding company A. Leslie and Company. [4] When Andrew Leslie retired in 1886, A. Leslie and Company merged with the locomotive manufacturer R and W Hawthorn to create Hawthorn Leslie and Company. [5]

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In Hebburn, Leslie largely funded St. Andrew's Church which opened in 1873 and built other buildings including homes for his workers, schools for their children. [2] He was married to Maragret Leslie. [2] Leslie also lived at Coxlodge Hall in Gosforth [6]

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