William Lowrie Sleigh
Sir William Lowrie Sleigh JP DL (1866–1945) was a Scottish businessman who co-founded the bicycle company the Ross & Sleigh Cycle Company (later renamed Rossleigh and expanding to sell cars). The company later evolved into Lowrie Sleigh Chauffeur Services. Sleigh served as Lord Provost of Edinburgh from 1923 to 1926.
Sleigh worked with his friend, Thomas Fraser Ross, in the Post Office, but they decided to leave to set up a company together, selling cycles (originally Penny Farthings) founding the Ross and Sleigh Cycle Company in 1889. They established a shop at 28 Elm Row at the head of Leith Walk.
He died on 5 May 1945 aged 79. He is buried in the Grange Cemetery near his home. The grave lies on the main east path not far from the main entrance.
He was married to Jessie Sime (1870–1937).
Both his son and grandson were also William Lowrie Sleigh.
- Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1866
- "About WL Sleigh Ltd". sleigh.co.uk. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
- Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1892
- Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1910
- London Gazette 3 June 1924
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