Hugh Hamilton Lindsay

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Hugh Hamilton Lindsay (1802–1881) was a businessman with especial interest in China, perhaps the first Briton to visit Shanghai.[1]

The son of the Hon. Hugh Lindsay, a director of the East India Company and Jane Gordon,[2][3] Lindsay went to China in 1820 and was a supercargo for the East India Company. He was the company's Secretary in Canton in 1830.

He was the Conservative M.P. for Sandwich from 1841-1847.[4]

Having been one of the founding directors, he succeeded John MacGregor as Chairman of the Eastern Archipelago Company in 1851. The company was wound up in 1858. He was also the founder of Lindsay and Company of Hong Kong, a banking and shipping company which was bankrupted in 1865. In 1852 he had the tea clipper Challenger built for him.

Literary works[edit]


  1. ^ Bickers, 2013, blog entry: Hugh Hamilton Lindsay
  2. ^ The Peerage
  3. ^ [Bickers, R. (2012) The Challenger: Hugh Hamilton Lindsay and the rise of British Asia, 1832–1865 Trans.Royal Historical Soc.,v22,pp.141-169]
  4. ^ Hansard