Roland Kitson, 3rd Baron Airedale
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Captain Roland Dudley Kitson, 3rd Baron Airedale (19 July 1882 – 20 March 1958), businessman, was born in Leeds, son of Sir James Kitson, 1st Baron Airedale and his second wife, Mary Laura daughter of Edward Fisher Smith.
Roland Kitson was born in Leeds, his family had a long association with Yorkshire. His father and grandfather both served as Lord Mayor of Leeds. His father was MP for Colne Valley 1892-1907.
His grandfather James had founded Airedale Foundry in Hunslet in 1835. Under Roland's father, also James Kitson and uncle, Frederick Kitson, and known as Kitsons of Leeds this business became the manufacturer of about 5,400 locomotives in its first century.
Roland Kitson worked for a time in the Airedale Foundry and in the Monk Bridge Iron and Steel Company works.
His directorships included:
- director of the Bank of England 1923-1947
- director of Ford Motor Company Limited from its incorporation in 1928,
he succeeded Lord Perry as chairman in 1948, until 1954
- director of North-Eastern Railway before its amalgamation
- director of London Assurance Corporation
- director of John Dickinson and Company Limited
He married Sheila Grace, daughter of F E Vandeleur in 1913. They had a daughter and a son:
- Oliver James Vandeleur Kitson (1915-1996); Oliver assumed the additional name of Vandeleur by deed poll in 1935.
After the death of his first wife in 1935 he married Dorothy Christabel Rowland Pelly, widow of Capt H M Rowland, on 16 September 1937.
He died in London aged 75.
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