Brodie McGhie Willcox

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Brodie McGhie Willcox (1786 - 1862) was a Liberal Party Member of Parliament (MP) and the co-founder of the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company, one of the United Kingdom's largest shipping businesses.


Having established himself as a shipbroker, Brodie Willcox recruited Arthur Anderson initially as a clerk and then as a partner to operate a shipping business sailing around the Iberian Peninsula.[1]

In 1837 Brodie Willcox and Arthur Anderson established the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company.[2] Brodie Willcox served as the first Managing Director of the business which by the 1860s was the owner of the largest steamship fleet in the World.[2]

In the 1847 general election Brodie Willcox was elecetd as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Southampton. He remained an MP for the rest of his life.[3]

He died in Roydon near Portsmouth in 1862 in an accident.[2] He is buried at Highgate Cemetery.[4]


He was married to Sophia Anne Willcox.[4]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Hope
Humphrey St John Mildmay
Member of Parliament for Southampton
With: Sir Alexander Cockburn to 1857
Thomas Weguelin 1857–1859
William Seymour from 1859
Succeeded by
William Rose
William Seymour