Sir Rt Hon. Lord James Kitson PC
(1835-1911)

Knight Bachelor (from 1886), Member of Parliament (1892-1907), Privy Counsellor (from 1906), and 1st Baron Airedale (from 1907)

Died aged c. 76

James Kitson, 1st Baron Airedale PC, DSc (22 September 1835 – 16 March 1911) was a British politician of the Liberal Party, first a Member of Parliament and then a peer. He was known as Sir James Kitson, Bt from 1886, until he was elevated to the peerage in 1907. He was a prominent Unitarian in Leeds. He was the younger son of James Kitson of Elmete Hall (1807–1885), a locomotive manufacturer who founded Kitson and Company, and his wife Ann Newton. James (Jnr.) went to school in Wakefield and studied chemistry and natural sciences at University College London.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

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Elmete Hall. This fine villa, with its 65-acre estate providing spectacular views over Leeds was built in 1865 for James Kitson the wealthy steam locomotive manufacturer. Extended in brick in 1885, for over two decades from 1957 it was a school for the deaf. Architects: Dobson and Chorley. Renovated 2007.

Elmete Lane LS8 2LJ, Leeds, United Kingdom where they lived (1865)

Gledhow Hall. in 1764 the cloth merchant Jeremiah Dixon bough the estate and hall whose remodelling soon after is attributed to John Carr. Later illustrious residents included: 1817-26 Sir John Beckett, banker, Twice Mayor of Leeds, and 1884-1911 Sir James Kitson, industrialist, MP, first Lord Mayor of Leeds.

Junction of Lidgett Lane and Gledhow Lane. LS8 1PG, Leeds, United Kingdom where they was (1884-1911)